A list of the Governing body members can be found on the Loxford School Trust website. Please click here to view this information.

Welcome to Aldborough Primary School’s Governors’ Page

David Low modMy name is David Low and I am pleased to introduce myself as the current Chairman of the Local Governing Body of Aldborough Primary School. I work with a number of colleagues on the Local Governing Body, some of whom have been associated with Aldborough since its inception as parents of children at the school. This local governing body has been constituted since 1st August 2014 as the school began to develop its relationship and life as an academy under its new sponsor, the Loxford School Trust Limited which took over in June 2014 from the former sponsor E-Act. The Loxford School Trust draws its expertise from the Outstanding Loxford School of Science and Technology in the London Borough of Redbridge and additionally includes the Warren School (secondary) in Chadwell Heath, with potential for further schools to be added at a later date.

Here, each Governor brings their own expertise and viewpoint to bear on the agenda for the school. There is a teacher in addition to the Head teacher, a member of the non-teaching staff, members of the local community and the Trust and of course parents. A list of current governors will be on the most recent Governors’ Newsletter. Some of us have been involved with the education service for 40 years or more in different capacities. I am a former teacher and a retired Head teacher. Our main focus is to support and challenge the school’s leaders to provide an outstanding educational experience at Aldborough. This Governing Body, along with the other Local Governing Bodies of the other schools within the Trust is the third tier of governance. The Trustees have overall responsibility for the finance, direction and composition of the Trust, Directors manage the budget for the schools and address general challenges referred to them by the schools and then Local Governors focus primarily on children’s achievement.

Being a Governor is established as a key role in schools; we are all unpaid volunteers who give our time trying to undertake our responsibilities to the best or our ability. The time obligation is often a stumbling block for those who think they would like to be a governor but the role, undertaken at its best, requires professional engagement – it is just unpaid.

The purpose of our governing body is to

• know the school well
• help the school to set high standards by involvement in planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
• keep the pressure up on school improvement
• be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
• broadly help the school respond to parents and community concerns
• make the school accountable to the public for what it does
• work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
• exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff
• not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

Some of these purposes are set in law.

A school’s governing body is a corporate body. This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members. As long as governors have acted honestly, without ulterior motive, and reasonably, within the law and regulations, the governing body cannot be held to account as individuals for any liabilities incurred by the governing body.

How do Governors fulfil these purposes?

We exercise our duties in a number of ways.

We operate under a strict Code of Conduct.

We have at least three Local Governing Body meetings each year, and the draft minutes of these meetings are forwarded to meetings of the Trust’s Directors, of which there are also at least three per year. A representative of the Aldborough Local Governing Body sits on the Board of Directors. In addition, governors are encouraged to attend school activities and events when we then have an opportunity, like parents, to take encouragement from the achievements of the pupils and the staff that teach and inspire them.

Our function at meetings is to review, question and challenge the Head teacher and staff so that we can, as far as possible keep up the pressure on improvements, ensure the children are being taught in a safe and stimulating environment with the best resources, both human and material, that are available and affordable. We must ensure that the school’s policies focus on delivering the highest standards.

Many of us also take a particular interest in a specific area of the curriculum, e.g. maths, English or the provision for children with Special Learning Needs.

We do not deal with day-to-day individual’s worries as that is the job of the school’s leadership team. If they cannot successfully resolve concerns, the issue may be referred to the governors through the application of appropriate policies, for example the complaints procedure.

Contacting Governors

If you would like to contact me or other Governors for any reason, then please write and deliver or send the letter to the Clerk to Governors c/o the school who will forward it on as soon as possible. Non-confidential emails may also be marked for my attention or that of another Governor and should also be addressed to the Clerk to Governors via the school. Rarely, something will be confidential in which case it should be sent or delivered to the school, in an appropriately addressed envelope which, again, will be forwarded unopened as soon as is practical.

How do we communicate with Parents and Staff and each other [between meetings]?

The agreed minutes of Local Governing Body meetings are available for parents to view in school, on request (from March 2015) and will be available on the website. Confidential matters involving, for example, named staff or pupils will not be included in these minutes. The Staff and Teacher Governors will talk with the children and their colleagues; parents talk to other parents in the playground and within the wider community.

A governors’ termly newsletter that outlines the work and aspirations of the Governing Body is also published. Occasionally a letter on a specific subject may be sent to parents.

Periodically there will be Governor “drop-in” sessions, advertised in advance, when parents may wish to seek information and or talk about issues.

Governors maintain email communication with each other and the Chairman seeks to keep Governors as well as informed as possible in between meetings of the progress of strategies or other issues that may arise from time to time.

Governance is a challenging role and we welcome and thank everyone particularly the parents within our school community who help us seek the very best for our children.

December 2014.