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Welcome to the CSPA Governors page.  Here, you will find information regarding the composition of the governing body, a description of what we do, our strategic vision for CSPA, how we organise our duties and a little bit about who we each are.

 

If you would like to contact the governing body, please send an email to : 

chairofgovernors@cspacademy.org.uk 

 

The governing body

 

The governing body comprises the headteacher, two elected staff governors, two elected parent governors and nine or more member appointed governors.  The governing body can also co-opt up to two governors, who are non-voting.  A CSPA governor's term is for a maximum of 4 years.  (More information regarding CSPA’s members can be found in the document “Structure of the governing body and register of interests” at the bottom of this page.)

 

The current composition of the governing body can be found in the table below.

 

Miss Rebecca Badrick

Staff Governor

Mr Michael Baxendine          

Member Appointed Governor 

Mrs Victoria Brindley

Parent Governor 

Mrs Hayley Broad

Headteacher and Governor by virtue of office

Dr Jackie Brown

(Chair of Governors)

Member appointed Governor  

Mr Kellam Greenwood

(Vice Chair of Governors)

Member appointed Governor 

Mr Chris Hicks

Staff Governor 

Mrs Paula Hicks 

Parent Governor

Mr Simon James

Member appointed Governor 

Rev Jim King

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Sheila King

Member Appointed Governor 

Mr Tim Mears 

Member appointed Governor 

Mrs Angela Johnson Clerk to the Governing Body

 

What do we do?

 

Governing bodies have three core functions: these are to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school, to hold the headteacher to account for pupil outcomes and quality of teaching and learning, and to ensure financial probity. 

 

Clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Setting the school’s overall strategic framework, including its vision and strategic priorities.  This also includes responsibility for setting and modeling the school’s culture, values and ethos.
   

Holding the headteacher to account 

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
   

Financial probity

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent.  

 

Governing bodies set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.  Duties include, for example:

  • Appointing the headteacher and senior leaders, performance reviewing the headteacher including making decisions about pay;

  • Overseeing the management of budgets and decisions as to how money is spent;

  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community;

  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary;

  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment and;

  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school.

 

Our strategic vision for CSPA

 

The governing body has a strategic vision for CSPA which we review each year.  In line with this vision and in response to both government and school level factors, we set ourselves medium term strategic priorities which guide our work.  A document describing the governing body’s strategic vision can be found here.

How do we organise ourselves to carry out our duties?

 

There are four Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings per year; one in each term with two in the Autumn term.  The FGB is supported by an external clerk.  The FGB delegates some work to committees and working parties.  There are three committees: Administration, Curriculum & Ethos and Finance (currently split into two subgroups; Finance and Audit).  Each committee meets six times per year; twice a term.  In addition, working parties are formed when necessary to carry out specific projects such as Premise Development and Admissions.  Further, the FGB delegates some responsibilities to individual governors such as Safeguarding, SEND, Health & Safety and Equalities.  

 

All governors are members of at least one committee.  Governors also commit to undertaking induction training as well as ongoing training to support their delegated roles.  All governors undertake a monitoring role, which is carried out through focussed school visits and meetings with different members of staff across the school year.  


To review the current composition of committees and working parties, please refer to the committee grid below.

A little bit about each governor

 

Here you can read a short biography of each of the governors. 

Further statutory information

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