Governance

    Floreat Montague Park Primary School is one of the schools belonging to the GLF Academies Trust In a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) the Trust remains ultimately responsible for standards and finance, however, it would be impossible for trustees to oversee everything in all schools and so key supporting roles are delegated to local advisory committees (LACs), which work to support the Trust in their work. The Floreat Montague Park School Strategy Board includes the Headteacher, Parent and Community representatives and is accountable to GLF.

    Name Position Responsibility
    Patrick Pritchett

    Headteacher 

     
    John Hutt Chair of Governors EYFS, Safeguarding 
    Jennifer Atwa

    Parent Governor

     
    Dawn Clewer Trust Appointed Community Governor Pupil Premium & Sports Premium, KS1
    Paul Hucklesby Trust Appointed Community Governor  

    Scheme of Governance

    Meet the School Strategy Board

    Patrick Pritchett - Headteacher

    John Hutt - Chair of Governors

    In common with all parents, I believe that all children have a right to high quality education regardless of status or background and that this is immeasurably assisted by having parent representatives on the Governing body.  I have been fortunate to participate closely in my children's schooling, as my son Jamie is at the school.  I served as Chair of the PTFA in the school's inaugural year and Secretary in the second year.

     

    Previously I have been:

    • PTA Co-chair at my children's primary school in the UK
    • Governor of their school in Malaysia, which catered for Malay, Indian and Chinese pupils
    • PTA committee member at their secondary school

    I attended state grammer school and studied Engineering Sciences at Oxford. In my career I have been Director of an international engineering consultancy for 20 years, Managing Director for 10 years, working in East and West Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, China and Hong Kong. From this I believe I have a broad understanding of various community issues as well as good understanding of collective decision making. Now retired, I have both the time and energy to commit to the role of Chair of Governors.

     

    Jennifer Atwa - Parent Governor

     

    I have been involved in education for 20 years; from classroom teacher to acting head, education consultant and teacher trainer; more importantly I love children.  I believe they are the voices we send into a future we will not see and as such precious.  Every child is deserving of an education which makes them more of themselves, filling them with confidence, joy and an awareness of their ability to contribute to others.  A school should celebrate and empower them.  As a governor I will be a voice for the children and a critical friend.

     

    Dawn Clewer - Trust Appointed Community Governor

    I qualified as a dentist in 1985 from Guys Hospital, London University – my first job was in Canterbury working for both the NHS and private sector whilst also completing a 2 year post graduate course in orthodontics.

    In January 1995 I set up my own dental practice (Ashwater) in Wokingham, employing 3 dentists and a team of nurses and receptionists. In 2000 I took part in a 6-month postgraduate business programme culminating in the practice being awarded ‘Investors in People’.

    I have an appreciation of State and Private education systems as I went to Yateley Comprehensive School and my own children attended Wescott Infant School. They then went on to Eagle House and Wellington College in Crowthorne. Patrick is now in his final year at university in America and Ella has just started at St Andrews University.

    My husband Robert, who is from Zimbabwe, and I are involved with a Safari Business in Southern Africa which has a foundation associated with it. I am a trustee of the African Bush Camps Foundation in Zambia. Closer to home, I am very involved with the local area, having lived and worked here for many, many years!

    I am a founder member of the Crowthorne and Sandhurst Rotary Club (1995). I am involved with the music charity Brass for Africa, which was set up by a Wokingham resident, and also support the Bracknell Cobras Basketball Club. I have been the Company Secretary for South Drive Residents Association for the last 7 years. If I’m not travelling, I enjoy playing tennis and love going to the theatre.

    Paul Hucklesby - Trust Appointed Community Governor

    I am now 65 years old and retired, married for 42 years with 3 grown-up children. I was educated at Luton Sixth Form College. I have an MA from Oxford University in Biochemistry, did a year’s post graduate work at Harvard University as a Henry Fellow and then went into Consumer Marketing with Unilevre initially and then with Johnson and Johnson where I ended up as General Marketing Manager of the Uk Consumer business. After a total of 12 years in Marketing, I was made redundant and decided to take a career change into teaching. I was lucky to be offered a year’s teaching of Biology at Eton College (I couldn’t afford to become qualified so I had to enter the private sector). I then joined Wellington College where I taught Biology for 23 years. That included 6 years as Head of Biology and then 10 years as Director of Studies on the SMT. I retired in 2013. During my time at Wellington, I was an ISI Inspector, helped to set up The Wellington Academy (for which I was a Governor for 7 years), helped to set up the first Wellington College International School in Tianjin, China and did all sorts of sports coaching. I am a Governor of Eagle House Prep School and have been for 12 years. My interests include my allotment, playing bridge, reading, travelling and am a member of Christchurch Wokingham

     

    The work of the School Strategy Board

    What does a Local Advisory Committee do?

    Being a "critical friend"- Whilst the SSB will support the CEO and Headteacher, and exists to promote the interests of the Academy and its pupils, it can only be effective if it asks challenging questions and seeks sufficient information to make sound decisions.

    Although Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school, the Headteacher should discuss the main aspects of school life with the LAC and provide it with sufficient information to make decisions and fulfil its responsibilities to parents and to FEAT.

    Helping to consult with parents and pupils- Each SSB includes two elected parent representatives. Ofsted self-assessment and inspection arrangements require schools to assess how effectively they “listen to and act on parents‟ views. Local Governors are required by law to consult parents on certain significant changes to the school such as changes to the admission arrangements, expanding the school or changing the school day. Parents are also a school’s main link into the local community, so good communications with parents will help with building community relationships. It is important to listen to the views of pupils and to ensure that pupils know that they are listened to. It is for each school to make arrangements to achieve this.

    Getting to know the school - Governors’ time is limited but the best will know their school well. A programme of visits to the school will be provided across the school year.

    What does each governor do?

    Each Governor is chosen for the skills, knowledge and links that he or she can bring to the SSB. The composition of each SSB will be reviewed periodically to ensure that there is a good mix of expertise, interest and relevance as well as the capacity.

    Being a Local Governor carries significant responsibility, and there are certain expectations that go with the role. These include:

    • An interest in and commitment to improving education. 
    • A firm commitment to the school and GLF philosophy.
    • Understanding of the role of governors: that they sit on the SSB as governors whose responsibility is to the school, not as representatives of other organisations or interests.
    • Acceptance of collective responsibility for actions and decisions of the SSB.
    • A high degree of probity and integrity.
    • A professional demeanour to command the respect of the governing body, principal, individual sponsor (where relevant), GLF Schools, and the local community.
    • Interest in wider community issues.
    • Willing to undertake safe guarding/safe recruitment checks, and have a clear enhanced DBS check.
    • Capacity and commitment to carry out the functions of governors, and make the necessary time commitments (see below). 

    The Code of Conduct sets out more fully the expectations and responsibilities that accompany the role of a Governor.

    How much of a time commitment is it?

    Attendance at SSB meetings is important because a SSB can only make decisions if sufficient Governors are present. Governors should also come prepared to meetings. Papers are sent out in advance so that everyone can read them before meetings, and if anything is unclear it is best to ask for an explanation before the meeting.  In summary the expectations of a governor’s time commitment are as follows: 

    • Attending at least SSB LAC meetings each year (these usually take place each term, at the school,  and may last around 2 hours e.g. 4-6pm). 
    • Attending additional committee meetings where relevant.
    • Visiting the school, at least once a term, outside SSB meetings.
    • Participating in the GLF governor training and development programme.
    • Attending exclusion and disciplinary hearings.

    Overall we ask that governors make an average commitment of 8 hours per month towards their role at the school.

    As a general rule, a Governor would be expected to remain on an SSB for three years.  Two years is the minimum expectation given how important it is to get to know the school, build relationships and the skills of governance. Chairs would be expected to have a longer tenure and commit to at least three years.

    Is there any training offered?

    GLF recognises the importance of making training available to Local Governors. Discrete training sessions will be arranged or will be held during SSB meetings. Training will cover:

    • GLF's education approach and principles of governance.
    • Behaviour, attendance and exclusions.
    • Educational measurement in GLF schools, targets and reporting.
    • Finance and financial reporting.
    • Child protection, safer recruitment and health and safety.

    Ad hoc training will be given for Governors serving on exclusion, disciplinary and complaints panels. 

    Contacting the School Strategy Board

    The contact details for the Floreat Montague Park SSB are:

    Postal Address: c/o Floreat Montague Park Primary School, William Heelas Way, Wokingham, RG40 1BG

    Email: governors@montaguepark.floreat.org.uk

     

    The first Governing Body Meeting for 2018-19 took place on Wednesday 26th September 2018. There were no new declarations of interest.

    Governor Information for 12 months ending June 2019