Governors work closely with headteachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).
Governor Committee Structure
Click on each governor’s name for further information about their roles and responsibilities.
|Sarah O’Doherty - Chair
Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour, and Safety
Finance, Premises & Staffing (Chair)
Headteachers Performance (Chair)
|Chair of Governors
LAC and Safeguarding Governor; Chair of Finance Committee
|Member of the Association of Science Education
Behaviour, and Safety
First / Pay Review
|Chair of First Pay Committee
Vic Chair of FGB
Governor for EYFS
|Member of the Chartered Management Institute Manager in Partnership The Kings Fund
|Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour, and Safety
Finance, Premises & Staffing
First / Pay Review
|Health and Safety Governor
|Member of St Mary's Parish Hall Mid Teesdale Partnership Project
|Governor at Middleton in Teesdale Primary
Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour, and Safety
Finance, Premises & Staffing
|CEO of TCR Hub
Member of Teesdale Action Partnership Board
|Chair of Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour, and Safety. Finance, Premises and Staffing
|Chair of Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour, and Safety
|Sister-in- law is a teacher at school
|Member of High Force SCITT Management Board
|Finances, Premises and Staffing
|Finance, Premises and Staffing
|Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour and Safety
Please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Sarah O’Doherty using the school email email@example.com
In Autumn 2022, School Governors agreed to the funding and installation of 104 solar panels on our roof! This will provide electricity to the school, reducing consumption and saving the school money.
At present, school has no Associate Governors. This category of Governor would not have voting rights.
Annual Governance Statement
Please see the attached Annual Governance Statement
At Montalbo Nursery and Primary School we aim to be the best that we can be, in terms of preparing our children well for their next steps in education and the quality of education that we provide. As a school, we seek to continually improve, and as a staff we are fully committed to professional development, research and sharing best practice. We want to create the best staff we possibly can and future leaders in education.
We strive to ensure all children progress as well as they can from their individual starting points, paying particular attention to their vocabulary development and reading. We want to build on, and improve, our knowledge rich curriculum. Furthermore, we aim to be fully inclusive for all children, and build on our strong reputation for supporting those with additional needs. We want to ensure that our curriculum continues to meet the needs of all of our children and that it remains broad and balanced.
We aim to continue to manage the school budget effectively and prioritise spending to meet the needs identified on our School Improvement Plan.
Strategic 3 Year Plan
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Montalbo Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information please view or download the full document below.
Code of Conduct
How To Become A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
Schools are required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year.
Y – Attended meeting
A/A – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N – Did not attend
n/a – Not a member of the committee
n/g – Not a governor at that time
Record of Attendance 2023-2024
|Finance, Premises and Staffing 14.9.23
|Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour and Safety 12.10.23
|Pay Review 9.11.23
|Full Govenors 9.11.23
|Finance, Premises and Staffing 25.1.24
|Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour and Safety 1.2.24
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
Committee Terms of Reference
Montalbo Primary School No: 2442
Full Governing Body
CHAIR: Mrs S O’Doherty
VICE CHAIR: Mrs L Finlay
Terms of Reference
Strategic Leadership and Accountability:
- In collaboration with school leaders determine a clear and explicit vision for the future. Ensure this is communicated to the whole organisation.
- Set strong and clear values and ensure these are embedded across the organisation and adhered to.
- Determine the strategic direction for the school
- Monitor that school leaders are keeping up with their statutory duties in relation to maintenance of the Single Care Record (SCR).
- Monitor and evaluate pupil progress and attainment by receiving reports and information from the Headteacher and other school leaders; compare against national and local benchmarks over time.
- Receive reports from committees, working parties or individuals and agree action
- Approve the School Evaluation Framework and monitor throughout the year.
- Approve the School Improvement Plan priorities and monitor throughout the year progress towards agreed action
- Review and agree the school’s Business Continuity Plan annually.
- Ensure there is a transparent system for performance management of all staff which is clearly linked to the school’s priorities. Have oversight of staff performance throughout the year.
- Ensure there are mechanisms in place to listen to and respond to the views of parents/carers, pupils, staff, local communities and employer
- Agree recruitment process to be followed in relation to Senior Leader posts; where delegated ratify appointments.
- Final approval of the annual budget plan.
- Monitor the school’s budget throughout the year.
- Agree virement and expenditure limits for the Headteacher.
- Hold at least 3 meetings each academic year. Ensure that committee meetings are held in accordance with the agreed terms of reference.
People and Structures:
- Elect and/or remove Chair of Governors and Vice Chair of Governor
- Appoint Committee Chairs or delegate to each committee.
- Consider and agree delegation of functions to individuals or committee
- Agree committee terms of reference and membership.
- Agree quorums for committee meetings.
- Agree voting rights for Associate Members.
- Establish and maintain a register of Governors business interests
- Ensure Governors information on the Get Information About Schools (GIAS) register and the school website is up to date and compliant with current requirements.
- Confirm the Instrument of Government and subsequent amendments.
- Appoint Co-opted, Local Authority and where necessary Parent Governors to the Board.
- Review and monitor the Governor Induction Proce
- Have regard for Governors professional development.
- Where necessary, suspend or remove Governors from the Board.
- Appoint/dismiss the Clerk to the Governing Board.
Compliance and Evaluation:
- Consider business provided by Local Authority and other sources
- Suspend or end suspension of staff members.
- Ensure all statutory policies are in place and there is an effective policy review cycle.
- Review and agree the Governor Code of Conduct.
- Confirm arrangements for completion of a Governor Skills Audit.
- Ensure there is regular self-evaluation and review of individual’s contribution to the Board as well as the Board’s overall operation and effectiveness.
- As necessary, consider an external review of the Board’s effectiveness
- Ensure school website is up to date and compliant with current DfE requirements.
Curriculum, Standards, Behaviour & Safety Committee
CHAIR: Mr S Thornton
Terms of Reference
Strategic direction and statutory areas:
- Review, monitor and evaluate the curriculum offer.
- Contribute to the development and monitoring of the:
– School Improvement Plan
– Targets for school improvement including SSG where appropriate
- Develop and review policies identified within the school’s policy review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers (e.g. RHSE and pupil discipline/behaviour).
- Ensure that the school’s policy on SEND is consistent with the Code of Practice and Equalities Act, most recent KCSIE updates and receive termly reports from the Headteacher/SENDCo and an annual report from the SEND Governor.
- Ensure the SEND Policy is monitored and reviewed regularly and that the policy is known to parents/carer
- Ensure the school complies with the provisions of the Equalities Act 2010.
- Where necessary ensure that the 14-19 curriculum is broad-based and provides vocational training as well as academic qualification
- Where necessary ensure that all pupils have access to independent careers advice.
Curriculum and Improvement
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and management in relation to curriculum design, implementation and impact.
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum design
- Monitor and evaluate the school’s own assessment of the impact of the curriculum for all groups of pupils to include Reading in all key stages.
- Monitor and evaluate the quality of education and the impact of the curriculum including RHSE.
- Monitor and evaluate the impact of continuing professional development on improving staff performance.
- Monitor and evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable children e.g. children looked after and children in need and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed.
- Monitor and review impact of Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Early Years Premium, Catch Up / Recovery Premium.
- Set priorities for improvement and monitor and evaluate the impact of improvement plans which relate to the committee’s area of operation.
- Receive reports from external sources and agree actions to address recommendations; monitor and evaluate progress made.
- Ensure all children have equality of opportunity
- Monitor pupils’ attitudes, values and development of other personal qualities within the school through the provision of RHSE.
Behaviour, Development and Well-Being:
- Ensure the school is fulfilling its responsibilities regarding safeguarding and child protection and the requirements of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’
- Ensure Safeguarding policies are adhered to; monitor and review all safeguarding policies/procedures within school
- Monitor and review data on behaviour, bullying, peer on peer abuse, attendance, suspensions and exclusion
- Ensure school is fulfilling its responsibilities with regards to pupils accessing alternative provision.
- Ensure that adequate provision is made for pupil transition
- Consider the appropriateness of any permanent exclusion or any exclusion where one or more fixed period exclusions total more than 15 school days in one term or where a pupil is denied the chance to take a public examination in line with statutory guidance
- Monitor the school’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with parents/carers and the wider community
- Identify and celebrate pupil achievement
- Oversee and monitor arrangements for out of hours provision, extra-curricular activities and educational visits including overnight stay
- Ensure all statutory requirements for reporting and publishing information are met.
- Review and monitor the school’s website to ensure that it is accessible and fully compliant with current DfE requirement
- Ensure the school works well with its community, parents and other school
MEETINGS: at least termly
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Conflict of interest; any Governor whose child is involved (exclusions)
Finance, Premises & Staffing Committee
CHAIR: Mr R Patterson
Terms of Reference
- In conjunction with the Headteacher to draft and propose the first formal budget plan of the financial year for approval by the full Governing Board.
- Establish and maintain an up-to-date three-year financial plan, taking into account priorities in the School Improvement Plan, roll projection and signals from central Government and the LA regarding future years’ budget.
- Ensure that priorities detailed within the School Improvement Plan are appropriately costed and are reflected in the annual budget.
- Monitor the capital and revenue budget position statements to identify and address any anomalies from the anticipated position and report termly to the full Governing Board.
- Review and monitor outstanding debts and action taken.
- Review and monitor Direct School Meals Provision by income and expenditure statement
- Review the year end outturn report.
- Monitor and approve virements and expenditure over the Headteacher’s delegated limit.
- Appraise and approve spending decisions where competitive quotations or tenders are required.
- Ensure the school operates within the financial regulations of the Local Authority and the requirements of the DfE Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS).
- Approve annually the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) submission prior to the 31 March deadline.
- Review Related Party Transaction Register.
- Monitor the implementation of any identified actions in the SFVS submission.
- Confirm management arrangements for the Private School Fund and nominate an officer to administer the fund (Treasurer).
- Appoint an Auditor for the Private School Fund.
- Monitor expenditure of all voluntary funds held on behalf of the Governing Board and receive an audited annual statement of income and expenditure.
- Annually review the outcomes of the asset register stock check and approve the disposal of obsolete item
- Oversee use and monitor impact of the Early Years Premium, Pupil Premium, PE and Sports Premium, Catch-Up Premium and Recovery Premium
- Review and monitor all financial policies including lettings, charging and remissions and expenses policies
- Consider and promote income generation.
- Annually review income generated from contracts and lettings; oversee the use of premises by outside user
- Where necessary, monitor and review Extended Care provision including review of annual income and expenditure statements where applicable.
- Ensure all appropriate insurances are in place.
- Annually review and approve the school’s Financial Procedures Manual
- Monitor service level agreements annually and make decisions in respect of service level agreements ensuring value for money
- Make decisions on expenditure following recommendations from other committees for example collaborative working arrangements with other schools and/or bodies to ensure value for money
- Ensure as far as is practical that health and safety issues are appropriately funded in accordance with agreed priorities
- Annually review financial benchmarking data.
- Monitor the implementation of actions arising from the Internal Audit report or of a financial nature from other inspection regime report
- Ensure any instances of fraud or financial irregularity are reported immediately to the Head of Education and Skills and Chief Internal Auditor and Corporate Fraud Manager.
- Establish, review and monitor the Health and Safety Policy ensuring that the school meets health and safety requirements.
- Ensure actions are taken in respect of relevant health and safety legislation.
- Ensure that premises and the learning environment are maintained and are fit for purpose.
- Provide support and guidance for the Headteacher and Governing Board on all matters relating to the maintenance and development of the premises and grounds, including health and safet
- Ensure that an annual inspection of the premises and grounds is undertaken and a report received identifying any issues. Inform the Governing Board of the report and set out a proposed order of priorities for maintenance and development for the approval of the Governing Board.
- Ensure professional surveys and emergency works are arranged as necessary
- Oversee the use of premises by outside users.
- Establish and keep under review an Accessibility Plan and an Asset Management/ Building Development Plan.
- Monitor data on accidents and incidents.
- Carry out an annual review of the staffing structure in consultation with the Headteacher and Finance and Premises Committee.
- Ensure the school is sufficiently staffed to fulfil the effective operation of the school and the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
- Oversee the recruitment and selection procedures for all staff.
- Keep under review work/life balance, working conditions and well-being including monitoring attendance management.
- Ensure that regular monitoring of the Single Central Record is undertaken and that it is up to date and compliant with current statutory expectation Ensure that the school’s policy on safeguarding and child protection is compliant with the most recent KCSIE guidance and LCSB expectations.
MEETINGS: at least termly
DISQUALIFICATIONS: where there may be a conflict of or a pecuniary interest.
Delegation to the Headteacher
School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009
The Governing Board can delegate the power to appoint outside the leadership group to:
- The Headteacher
- One or more Governors with the right of the Headteacher to advise
- One or more Governors and the Headteacher
Governing Board delegates to the Headteacher responsibility for the appointment of:
- Temporary staff including supply cover
Governing Board delegates to the Headteacher responsibility in line with the delegation in school HR policies.
Delegation to the Chair of Governors for all staff (excluding the Headteacher)
First/Pay Review Committee for the Headteacher
MEETINGS: at least termly
DISQUALIFICATIONS: where there may be a conflict of or pecuniary interest; any Governor whose spouse/partner is involved
|Limit set for Headteacher without prior written approval of Chair of Governing Body
Where the cumulative effect of multiple virements on the same budget heading exceeds this limit, details are to be reported to the next Finance and Premises Committee meeting for information and retrospective approval
|Any items of expenditure up to
|Limit set for Headteacher with approval from Chair of Governors
A log of these approvals will be maintained and details reported to the next Finance and Premises Committee meeting.
|Above this limit if item was previously notified to the Governing Body.
|Prior Finance and Premises Committee or Chair of Governors approval (whichever is the soonest) to be sought outside of these limits and reported to the Finance and Premises Committee at the earliest opportunity.
Procurement – Financial Thresholds
- Between £500 and £5000 single quotation
- Between £5001 and £50,000 at least three written quotations from capable suppliers
- Between £50,001 and £189,330 open Tender advertised via school website.
- Over £189,330 open or restricted Tender, advertised on school website and in OJEU
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