Governors

Meadowfield School Governing Body

The Governors of Meadowfield School work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and staff to uphold the School Ethos and Values and ensure that every young person has the best individual learning opportunity and is able to maximise their development and progress to lead the fullest possible adult life.

The role of the Governors is a strategic one in the development of the school, with day to day management and operational issues delegated to the Senior Leadership Team.

The three core responsibilities of the Governing Body are:

  • to hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils,
  • ensure clarity of the school’s vision, ethos, values and strategic direction, and
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school ensuring its money is well spent.

Additionally, the Governing Body maintains a high focus on Safeguarding and Child Protection in line with DfE guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”, with Safeguarding being a standing agenda item at every Full Governing Body meeting.

Our Governing Body Constitution consists of 17 Governors:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff Governor, elected by staff
  • 1 Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Governing Body
  • 2 Parent Governors, elected by parents
  • 10 Co-opted Governors, appointed by the Governing Body
  • 2 Foundation Governors, appointed by the Governing Body.

We operate a Teams system: Wellbeing, Teaching & Outcomes and Business Services (incorporating all matters relating to Human Resources, Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and ICT. All Governors attend Full Governing Body meetings and every Governor is a member of at least one Team, although all Governors may join any Team meeting regardless of membership. Every meeting is minuted by our Clerk and these minutes, minus any confidential discussions, are available to parents and stakeholders on request.

Our current Governors are as follows:

Principal: Ms J Palmer
Staff Governor:  Mr G Taylor
Parent Governors: Mrs A Sequeira
  Vacancy
Co-opted Governors: Mr J Candy
  Mrs L Candy
  Mrs Y Cherry
  Mr R Hawes
  Mr J Hymus
  Mr S Keevil
  Miss D Simms
  Mrs T Taylor
  Mrs C Tucker
  Vacancy
Foundation Governors: Mrs R Kane
  Vacancy 
Local Authority Governor: Vacancy
   
Chair of Governors: Mrs R Kane
Vice Chair of Governors: Mrs L Candy
Clerk to the Governors: Mrs K Wilson

In addition to their membership of one of the Governing Body Teams, some Governors have specific roles and responsibilities as follows:

Safeguarding Mrs Y Cherry
SEN Mrs R Kane
Children in Care Mrs Y Cherry
Early Years Mrs C Tucker
Attendance Miss D Simms
PSHE Mrs A Sequeira
6th Form Mrs R Kane
Training & Development Mr G Taylor

Our Governors’ attendance at meetings is excellent; full details of attendance can be found in the Governor section of the School Website.

Our Impact

Over the last year it has been necessary to adapt according to national restrictions and since March 2020 our meetings have been conducted virtually via Teams; Governor attendance has been exceptional, with all Governors making a huge effort to continue to prioritise school business from their homes. The situation we find ourselves in nationally has inevitably resulted in some of our priorities being put on hold in order to address the more urgent issues we are faced with. However, we have continued to meet according to our agreed schedule to fulfil our statutory duties and are proud to have achieved many of our objectives in spite of the challenges, in particular:

  • Strengthening the effectiveness of the Governing Body in a focused recruitment of new Governors with the appropriate skills to provide effective support and challenge to the school leadership team.
  • Commissioned an external review of governance in which all governors, and some school staff, were invited to participate. This has resulted in a further restructure to ensure more focused meetings and the appointment of a Training & Development Governor will drive a rigorous training programme to develop and enhance the skills of our new and longer serving Governors.
  • Active involvement in every aspect of school business, including rigorous monitoring of progress towards targets on the schools’ Strategic Improvement Plan and statutory monitoring of the schools’ budget.
  • Keeping a strong focus on staying up to date with ever changing regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic; including regular reviews of the Risk Assessment, maintaining regular contact with fellow KSENT colleagues and the Local Authority, ensuring statutory data is returned to the DfE, keeping parents/carers and stakeholders advised of any changes and assisting the school with the COVID testing programme for staff.
  • Governors keep a strong focus on wellbeing for staff and pupils – ever mindful of the effects the pandemic may have on mental health.
  • A review and comprehensive update of our Governor Code of Conduct and Standing Orders to emphasise the importance of the role of the Governing Body in holding school leaders to account.
  • Attending regular training opportunities offered by the Local Authority as well as in-school sessions to extend our skill set and knowledge of new legislation and statutory duties.
  • Regular attendance at KSENT meetings to maintain collaborative working within the Trust

Our Priorities for this Year

In the forthcoming academic year we will work towards achieving the targets on our Action Plan, with a particular focus on:

  • Remaining focused on supporting everyone in the school community during the COVID pandemic.
  • Keeping a strong focus on supporting remote learning and regularly monitoring the post-pandemic recovery plan, ensuring it remains appropriate.
  • Maintaining our Outstanding status and continuing to build on our outstanding practice.
  • Ensuring Governance is also Outstanding and extending our commitment to Governor training and increasing the skills of our Governors to enable them to carry out their role effectively.
  • Staying up to date and understanding changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework.
  • Monitoring and overseeing the expansion of the school in terms of pupil numbers and the necessary building works to accommodate our growing roll.
  • Overseeing the safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff during the pandemic.
  • Developing and maintaining a good relationship within the community.
  • Extending our commitment to the KSent Trust and working collaboratively with colleagues from other member schools.
  • Working with school towards taking over responsibility for pupil transport from the Local Authority.
  • Working with the school and the Local Authority to establish a 19-25 provision for our students and subsequently offering this to the wider community.
  • When circumstances allow (with regard to Government guidelines during lockdown and other possible measures which may be implemented) offer the hire of school premises to local community initiatives.
  • Continuing to monitor progress towards targets on the school’s Strategic Improvement Plan by scrutinising evidence showing progress and noting key successes or areas for development, including inviting key staff members to attend meetings and report to Governors.
  • Ensuring all school policies are reviewed and updated and involving parents for their input when appropriate.
  • Monitoring attendance, with a link Governor working closely with the Principal, with a particular focus on the attendance of vulnerable children during the pandemic.
  • Ensuring our website meets statutory requirements and appointing a designated Governor to oversee and monitor this.
  • Monitoring the school’s budget and ensuring financial compliance by keeping abreast of changes to funding arrangements

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. Please contact the Chair of Governors via the Clerk to the Governors at clerktogovernors@meadowfield.kent.sch.uk if you would

Governing Body Attendance Record 2019/20
Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests