Governors

Fullbrook School is governed by a local governing body, which is a committee of the
board of trustees of Learning Partnership Academy Trust, who have overall responsibility for governance of the school. The committee comprises a group of volunteers who give their time and expertise freely to support the school by

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
  • Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the school’s financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent.

The specific responsibilities of the governing body are detailed within the trust’s scheme of delegation and Local Governing Body terms of reference.

Governors meet regularly through the term to discuss all main aspects of the school and visit the school regularly to understand, support and monitor school life. We follow government guidance, are supported by the trust and adhere to a code of conduct in all that we do. For further information please contact:

Membership
Our Local Governing Body is based on a stakeholder model, with representatives of parents, staff, and the local community. Members are recruited for a three-to-four-year term on a skillset basis and/or through parental election.

Fullbrook LAC Governors
Name Term ends Type Role Subcommittees
Katie Moore n/a Principal Principal F&O, C&P, C&S
Paul Ballard Oct-23 Community Chair of Governors F&O
Peter Shanks Mar-23 Community F&O Chair F&O
John Parrott Oct-24 Community C&S, C&P
Kathryn Krynicki Oct-23 Community C&S Chair C&S
James Eddershaw Oct-23 Community F&O, C&P
Christine Borgars Dec-23 Parent Vice-Chair + C&P Chair C&P
Lauren Pettinato Mar-24 Staff C&P
Mur Shaw n/a Clerk Clerk n/a
Harriet Rafter Dec-24 Parent F&O
Charlie Ramdhony Dec-24 Parent Safeguarding C&S
Browyn Burdis Dec-25 Parent
Amanda Merritt SEND Lead

 

School Visits

As governors we conduct school visits to observe how they operate, how the curriculum is delivered and to learn about the organisation and its ethos. We consider that strong strategic leaders have a good understanding of its school(s) and the organisation that they support, and that they actively contribute to improving the learning and outcomes for all children. Our visits serve a number of purposes including:

  • Improving knowledge of the school, its staff, needs, priorities, strengths and areas for development.
  • Observing children’s behaviour and their engagement in the school’s activities.
  • Acquiring knowledge to enable governors to act as critical friends.
  • Monitoring and evaluating plans, budgets, and achievement.
  • Observing the condition of the school’s buildings, facilities, its grounds and its security arrangements.
  • Monitoring and assessing how the school’s and trust’s priorities are being delivered.
  • Helping the local governing body and the trust to fulfil their various statutory duties.

 

Code of Conduct

As governors we follow the trust’s code of conduct, of which are few highlights are below:

  • We will encourage open governance and will act appropriately.
  • We will actively support and challenge the school and executive leaders.
  • We will accept and respect the difference between strategic and operational leadership, ensuring that we work collectively for the benefit of the organisation.
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the school and local community, as well as other schools.
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside meetings.
  • We agree to adhere to any rules, policies and procedures agreed within the trust or as required by the law.
  • We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the trust and its schools.

 

Registers of Interest
We manage personal relationships with related parties to avoid both real and perceived
conflicts of interest, promoting integrity and openness in accordance with the seven principles of public life.

We publish this information on our trust and school websites. Please find below our most
recent register of interests for the local governing body:

 

Becoming a Governor
Becoming a governor is an incredibly rewarding experience. You will be joining a movement of over 250,000 people nationwide and team of over 100 Learning Partners’ governors, all skilled individuals who give their time freely to support children and young people in their community.

Please consult our trust website page on becoming a governor and contact our Chair of
Governors for more information.

The governance of Fullbrook within the Learning Partners Academy Trust is explained in the Scheme of Delegation.

Please click here access the Scheme of Delegation

Please click here to access information about Learning Partners Trustees

For Trustees information and duties click here

 

The Local Governing Body has responsibility for the overall effective management of the Academy. It acts within the framework of national legislation and policies set out by the Local Authority. They do not make day to day decisions on the running of the Academy as this is the responsibility of the Headteacher.

 

They meet regularly through the term to discuss all main aspects of Academy life. Their aim is to maintain and improve the standards at Fullbrook and to ensure the Academy is teaching a broad and balanced curriculum in line with national standards.

 

The Governing Body’s work can be divided into three key areas:

  • Setting the Academy’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources.
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance and to support and challenge the Headteacher in managing the Academy.
  • Ensuring that the Academy is accountable to the children and parents/carers it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.

 

The Term of Office for any Governor is four years, although a Governor may choose to resign prior to the end of their term. Community Governors are appointed by the Governing Body, and elections are held for the positions of Parent and Staff Governor. Several of the school’s Senior Leadership Team are regular contributors to our meetings.

 

Governors are assigned to a committee that best suits their skills. Currently the main committees are: Finance & Operations; Standards, Progress & Safeguarding; Performance Data Review; Admissions and Pay Review.

 

We need to keep ourselves familiar with what it’s actually like in the school, so those of us who are not Staff Governors try to make sure that we work closely with a specific faculty, or have responsibility for a particular project. Regular training from school staff and external experts ensure we are kept up to date with the latest changes in education policy and its impact on the school. This, together with valuable guidance on what being a good and effective Governor means, is also available to Governors.

 

Code of Conduct for Trustees and Governors

Governor's Contact Details

For further information on governance at the school, please contact Mur Shaw, via email: ClerkFB@gepacademies.com

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, Paul Ballard, please contact the Clerk to the Governors on 01932 349301 or email: ClerkFB@gepacademies.com