Meet our Governors

Take a look at some of the ways our Governors get involved with the children, families and community at Bewsey Lodge...

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Mr SpencerMrs Williams
Mr Jones
Mr Wright
Miss Turnbull
     Mr Boyle

Mr Chadwick
Mrs Foster
Mrs Ray-White
Mrs Bailey
Cllr Hall

Governor Statement

The Governing Board of Bewsey Lodge Community Primary School comprises the following governors.

Acting Chair of GovernorsMr Nigel Spencer (address; c/o Bewsey Lodge Primary School, Lodge Lane, Warrington, WA5 0AG) 
Acting Vice ChairMr Mike Jones
Head TeacherMrs Emma Williams
Parent Governors (x2)Mr Mike Jones & Mr David Wright
Staff GovernorMiss Chloe Turnbull
Local Authority GovernorVacancy
Co-opted GovernorsMr Matthew Boyle, Mr Phil Chadwick, 
Mrs Cathy Foster & Mrs Emma Ray-White
Associate Governors   Mrs Elizabeth Bailey, Mr Mohammed Chowdhury
& Councellor Sarah Hall

To enable Governors to perform their statutory duties we form part of the Leadership team of the school. Together with the school’s Senior Leaders, we have helped develop the school strategy and development priorities. In addition, we have strengthened our own systems to support improved monitoring. This is supported through termly Full Governing Board meetings and regular committee meetings. Terms of Reference, cycle of business and non-confidential minutes can be accessed by clicking here. Minutes of meetings are made available to the full governing body termly. The minutes of the Full Governing Body meetings are available by clicking here.

From time to time highly confidential matters are discussed and these happen in Part 2 of the agenda.

In addition each Governor consolidates their own understanding of school management, curriculum and learning through individual visits to meet staff and participate in other activities and training. Our school development plan has a strong focus on strengthening the teaching and assessment of the foundation subjects and Governors have aligned themselves with subject co-ordinators to better monitor these strategic outcomes.

Core Functions: The Governing Board has 3 core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

Implementation of 2020/2021 Performance Management

All teaching staff have agreed objectives that are aligned to school priorities including educational performance of attainment and progress.

Strong alignment between SDP, head’s objectives and staff objectives lead to successful delivery of school priorities.

Understanding data

 Since the changes to the way school performance data is communicated, Governors have had the opportunity to be part of training, delivered by an independent consultant, to assist them in understanding the areas of strength and improvement held within it. Data is shared as part of the Children & Learning committee cycle of business 3 times per year. This gives Governors the chance to ask searching questions and deepen their understanding of how things are going.

Impact: Strengthening of Governors understanding and ability to deliver one of its core functions. The Governing Board is now able to access anonymised data directly to help triangulate evidence provided by school. The desk top data evaluation from an external adviser highlighted lines of enquiry that were used to inform performance management objectives and monitoring work of the governors

Monitoring the financial performance of the school

Chair of Resources Committee meets with the Head Teacher, Budget Officer and Business Manager each term. The budget is set annually and reviewed termly by Resources Committee.
In current financial climate the budget continues to be reviewed closely and the forecast updated as appropriate throughout the academic year. 3 year forecast supports longer term planning.
Prudent financial management has seen further investment in the school’s learning environment and staffing. This has enabled us to establish smaller class sizes to better support children in their learning
Impact: Through regular reviews and meetings the Finance and Resources Committee has gained a detailed understanding of the school’s budget and therefore been able to support the school in prioritising expenditure and ensuring the school has a sound financial base to support our children and the school development plan
Next Steps: Governors will support the headteacher in reviewing options for the coming year including the maintenance of smaller class sizes and implementation of workload initiatives/research.
Governing Board Effectiveness
We continue to review our effectiveness as a Governing Board. Over the last 3 years we have undertaken a self-review, restructured in line with its findings and streamlined the Governing Board with only 2 committees: Children and Learning and Resources. This effectiveness was confirmed following a review by a National Leader of Governance and during 2018/19 we reviewed our effectiveness using NGA guidance as a basis.
We will continue to support the development of skills within the governing body and staff across school by aligning our training budget with development priorities and skills analysis.
In March 2018, school was inspected by OFSTED and achieved a rating of ‘Good’. However OFSTED recognised that Bewsey Lodge was on a journey to ‘Outstanding’ and recommended a more detailed inspection in due course. A return visit was expected in the 2019/20 academic year however, the Covid-19 pandemic and all of the associated restrictions has delayed the process. It could be as late as summer 2021 or even into the academic year of 2021-2022 before we are visited again.
Governing Body Statement of Responsibilities - Safeguarding
Schools and their governing boards have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This responsibility is outlined in statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).
Our governing board must comply with its duties outlined in detail in part 2 of KCSIE, and make sure that policies and procedures in our school are effective and comply with the law at all times.
These duties include:
  • Making sure that all staff read at least part 1 of KCSIE
  • Making sure that all staff receive regularly updated and appropriate child protection training
  • Having policies and procedures in place that support safeguarding, including child protection, pupil behaviour and staff behaviour policies
  • Making sure that pupils have the opportunity to be taught about safeguarding, including online safety
  • Making sure that an appropriate member of staff is appointed as the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)and there is at least one Deputy DSL
  • Preventing people who pose a risk of harm from working with children by following safer recruitment procedures
  • Discussing and reviewing safeguarding matters arising at Full Governing Body and Committee Meetings
  • Ensure the school remedies any deficiencies or weaknesses brought to its attention without delay.

Responsibilities of the Safeguarding Governor

The governing board must also appoint a governor to take leadership responsibility for the school's safeguarding arrangements. Our safeguarding governor is will be confirmed shortly. Responsibilities include:
  • Keeping up to date with statutory guidance and any advice issued by safeguarding partners and local safeguarding children’s board
  • Ensuring the school has suitable and up-to-date policies for child protection, staff behaviour/code of conduct, and handling allegations against staff and volunteers
  • Supporting the Governing board to develop its understanding of their safeguarding responsibilities, and report back to the board about safeguarding issues and developments
  • Meeting regularly with the DSL to monitor policies and procedures, and check that all staff, governors and volunteers have had the appropriate level of training
  • Monitoring the single central record with the school business manager to make sure school carries out appropriate recruitment checks.
  • Acting as a contact for any concerns staff may have related to the
  • Headteacher

business and pecuniary interests of FGB

governing body over the last 12 months

committees and subject link governors

attendance of meetings 2020-2021

governor meetings Spring 2022

bewsey FGB structure

statement of behaviour principles