Introduction to our Governing Body

The governing body of Ongar Primary School consists of parents, staff and members of the local community who volunteer to provide strategic leadership to our school.

Governing BodyWe have three key responsibilities:

  1. To provide strategic direction, working with parents, pupils and staff, to provide a vision, ethos and strategic direction for our school
  2. To hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school, its pupils and staff
  3. To ensure the finances of the school are well managed

We have high aspirations for our school and are proud of the massive improvements that have been made in the school over the last 3 years.  We aim to be an outstanding school and strive to ensure every child in our care achieves their best, in line with our school ethos:

In our safe and supportive school, we provide lessons full of challenge, inspiration and real life learning in order to promote independent, respectful, high achievers who step out of their comfort zone, smiling.

Governing Body Structure

Full Governing Body (Chair: Rosemary Lovatt; Vice Chair: Kathy Dale; Clerk: Tracey Coney-Shaw)

All members of the governing body attend full governing body meeting.

The Full Governing will meet typically once each half term, but more often if required. All work of the governing body, whether carried out in committee meetings, by individual governors or working parties, will be reported back to the full governing body (FGB) by way of reports (written or verbal) or minutes which will be submitted as papers for the FGB meeting.

The FGB meetings will cover all matters relating to the education of Ongar Primary School pupils, including all aspects of student personal development behaviour and welfare and all matters relating to teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes.

Business and Finance Committee (Chair: Monika Ziola ; Vice Chair: Matthew Southgate; Clerk: Nicky Kelly)
Members:

  • Monika Ziola (Chair)
  • Matthew Southgate (Vice Chair)
  • Debbie Attridge
  • Rosemary Lovatt
  • Kathy Dale
  • Lucinda Bellett
  • Richard Wheate
  • Briony Hockley

The Business and Finance Committee will meet at least once a term, but more often if required. All matters discussed at this committee will be reported back to the full governing body at FGB meetings.

The Business and Finance Committee covers all responsibilities of the governing body related to

  • School finances – planning and monitoring
  • Premises and site
  • Staffing
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • School website and data management

Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee (Chair: Rosemary Lovatt, Vice Chair: Kathy Dale)
Members:

  • Rosemary Lovatt (Chair)
  • Kathy Dale (Vice Chair)
  • Vacant

The Heads Performance Management Committee will meet twice a year, once in the autumn term to review performance for the previous academic year and set performance management targets for the coming year and decide on a pay award. The committee will take advice from an educational advisor on appropriate targets for the headteacher. The advisor will also create the performance management plan for the headteacher. The committee will meet once during the year to review progress against targets for the year. The committee will report back to the Full Governing Body.

Staff Pay and Performance Management Committee (Chair: Vacant;  Clerk: Nicky Kelly)
Members:

  • Vacant (Chair)
  • Rosemary Lovatt
  • Kathy Dale (Vice Chair)
  • Debbie Attridge

The Staff Pay and Performance Management Committee will meet twice a year. In the autumn term it will meet to review the performance management and authorise pay awards for teaching staff. In the spring or early summer term it will meet to review the performance management and authorise pay awards of support staff. Minutes of all meetings of this committee will be reported to the Full Governing Body.

Ad hoc committees
Staff Disciplinary/Dismissal, staff appeals and Pupil Disciplinary committees will be formed on an as needed basis.

Links to supporting documents:


Information
Minutes of Full Governing Body meetings are available from the school reception on request.

Please follow the link below to read the Governors' Report for the academic year ending July 2016
Governors Report 2016/17

Contact us
If you are interested in becoming a governor or have any queries or feedback for the Chair of Governors, please send an email to: Chair of Governors