The governors at Ladycross play a very important role in school. There are parent, co-opted and local authority governors. They are all volunteers, but they make a real difference.
Governors work with schools to:
- Raise standards, achieve good pupil behaviour, ensure safeguarding and maintain high attendance
- Set the school’s strategy, policies and targets
- Decide how the school budget will be spent
- Ensure schools work with parents and the local community
The Governing Body meets every month as a single committee, with the minutes available on request to the school. In 2016 Governor attendance at meetings exceeded 85%. Our Governor profiles are listed below, and all the non-staff governors also have a special interest in one or more aspect of the school:
- Child Protection, Safeguarding, Anti-Bullying and Attendance – Paul Randall
- Health and Safety – Kelly Muskin
- Teaching School – Mark Huskisson
- PE and Sports Premium – Ian Kerr
- Pupil Premium and SEND – Craig O’Keeffe
- Performance in Maths – Kelly Muskin
- Performance in English – Helen Turnbull
Governors meet with the Co-Heads or other Senior Leaders in-between formal meetings for discussions and updates on these special interests. We have an evidence file recording these meetings and showing how strong governance has a positive impact on the school. Governors do not need any qualifications, just experience of life, though governors may have qualifications and skills that they could bring to the role. Following appointment, governors are inducted and trained in their roles and attend further training to ensure they have the rights skills to help and challenge the school leaders. Being a governor can be challenging and requires commitment of time and energy, but it is also extremely rewarding and satisfying role.
If you wish to contact the chair of Governors at Ladycross, the email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Paul Randall, Co-opted Governor. Date of appointment 14.03.16. Term of office: 4 years
Paul joined the Governors in March 2016, bringing with him almost 20 years of business experience including recent roles in business development, marketing and strategy. Paul was elected to the Chair in 2017 and is very keen to contribute to the development of the school and can be contacted through the school office.
Vice co-chair: Kelly Muskin, Parent Governor. Date of appointment 07.12.15. Term of office: 4 years
Kelly is a co-opted governor, and has been on the governing body since Dec 2015 with many years of finance and business experience. She attends all Governing body meeting and is responsible for Health and Safety. She has lived in the community all her life and has a keen interest in the school, and its continued development, grandparents, parents, herself and her children have all attended. Kelly is happy to be contacted at any time through the playground, school or other governors to chat and discuss anything.
Miss Katy Ricketts, Teacher governor. Date of appointment 09.02.17. Term of office: 4 years
“I started as a teacher at Ladycross Infant School in September 2016. I am currently in Year 2 and feel privileged to be a part of the children’s education and watching them blossom in their final year at Ladycross. I took up the staff governor roll to offer the governing body an insight into the day to day life at Ladycross. From this I can ensure that decisions are made in the interest of both our pupils and staff.”
Ian Kerr, Local Authority Governor. Date of appointment 19.09.14. Term of office: 4 years
Ian has been a Governor of the school for 7 years, initially as a parent governor, and now as the Local Authority appointed governor. He was been Chair of the Governing Body from 2014-2017. Having seen two children go through the school and thrive in the fabulous learning environment that Ladycross staff provide, Ian is keen to ensure that Governors keep the development and well-being of children at the centre of their decision making.
Mark Huskisson, Co-opted Governor. Date of appointment 14.09.15. Term of office: 4 years
Mark has been a governor since 2006, first as a parent governor lately as a co-opted governor. He is the designated governor for the Teaching School. He is always happy to chat and be contacted through the school or via other governors.
Craig O’Keefe, Parent Governor. Date of appointment 08.02.16. Term of office: 4 years
Craig has been a Parent governor since February 2016. His son Logan was a key factor in him becoming a governor, because he believes his education and the education of all children is very important. Craig believes parents are very fortunate that the local area has such a fantastic school in Ladycross. Craig also has dyslexia, which was not picked up until quite late in his education, and so takes a keen interest in the SEN activities in the school. Feel free to approach Craig as he is more than happy to take questions or queries to governing body meetings.
Helen Turnbull, Parent Governor. Date of appointment 03.10.16. Term of office: 4 years
Helen joined the governing body late in 2016, and has a child at the school, works in marketing communications and is keen to support the development of the school and the best interests of the all the pupils and can be contacted via the school office.
Mrs Amy Kelly is the Clerk to Governors
Governors stepping down in the previous 12 months:
Pinder Tamber, Teacher governor, stepped down 08.02.17
Impact of School Governors 2012-2017
Governor Lunches with the Children
Governors have enjoyed lunch with the children on several occasions this year. It is wonderful to talk to the children over lunch. Their individual personalities shine out when asked their opinions on – for example the quality of dinners, which sports they like to play, do they feel safe at school etc. Their responses have enabled us to understand the pupils’ view of PE funding, safeguarding and the developing links with Cloudside Junior School.
Developing links with Cloudside Junior School. Ladycross Governors established a Joint Committee with Cloudside Junior and is currently engaged in a stakeholder consultation to help both schools develop a coherent strategy for the young children of Sandiacre.
Governors have developed a staffing strategy with the SLT over the past 3 years that has included the recruitment of a co -Headteacher, and the future-proofing of excellent teaching in the school by ensuring the recruitment and mentorship of newly qualified teachers.
Changes in school roll-call (increase of 20% over the past 5 years) have put intensive pressure on the school’s infrastructure. Governors have responded by working with the School business manager to enable to replacement of all children’s toilets through the school and its nursery, the replacement of the kitchen to be able to provide over 200 hot meals a day as part of the Government’s universal infant free school meals programme, and the provision of a new classroom for reception year children. In 2017 Governors were able to help the school adapt the space previously occupied by a Surestart centre to create an Early Years specialists development centre.
Wrap-around care and school meal provision
Governors were active in setting up a wrap-around care scheme (Ladycross Owls, which operates at 100% capacity) and were involved in the decision to outsource school meals provision to improve quality and choice, whilst ensuring value for money.