Welcome from the Chair of Governors’
Following the latest school self evaluation in Summer Term 2016, we believe that Rise Park Primary & Nursery School is now providing an outstanding education for our pupils. The Challenge Partners review in March 2016 provided external validation for this belief, which has been further endorsed by a recent School Improvement Partner Report, November 2016.
For the Academic Year 2019-20, Governing Body comprise of:-
- Mrs Jeanette Kirkby (Chair & Co-opted)
- Mr Chris Pallender (Co Vice-Chair)
- Mr Chris Martin (Co Vice-Chair)
- Mrs Janet Molyneux (Co-opted & Staff – School Business Manager)
- Mrs Natasha Kelly (Staff – Head Teacher)
- Mr Keith Brothwell (Co-opted) – Safeguarding
- Mrs Jo Hale (Co-opted)
- Mrs Sally McDonnell (Parent)
- Mr Shadbolt (Staff )
- Miss Sue Richmond (Staff)
- Mr Ben Ford (Co-opted)
The Governing Body is a key part of the leadership and management of the school and the three key roles are:-
- To provide strategic direction for the school – vision, ambition, budget planning, staff recruitment, classroom resources, site infrastructure, school model, succession planning, performance pay, single status, workplace parking levy etc
- To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher (Mrs Kelly) – providing support and challenge against the Ofsted judgement areas. Challenge feeds into the annual school improvement plan, with agreed progress and attainment targets set with the school improvement partner, reviewing the school’s strength and weaknesses, challenging areas for improvement.
- To ensure accountability – we have at least two Governors each with responsibility for key cross cutting themes of Safeguarding, SEND, Health & Safety, and Pupil Premium, as well as the Ofsted judgement areas.
For more information or to express your interest in being a School Governor in the city of Nottingham, visit here.
Examples of challenge
1) Stakeholder views – As our principle stakeholders, parent or carer’s are surveyed annually against the Ofsted twelve questions. Completed online Ofsted Parent View surveys can be seen here. Discussions are always held at the next Governor’s meeting with any issues or suggestions actioned through the Headteacher.
2) Staff resources – support for expanding leadership team and challenge of operational gaps to ensure that a school with growing numbers is adequately staffed, throughout the school and throughout the school day.
3) Pupil premium – the pupil premium Governor reps ensuring that impact was evidenced and published on the school website.
4) Stretching ambition – Governors asked about the number of Level 6 entries ahead of the 2015 KS2 SATS assessments. This promoted a discussion in the Senior Leadership Team with further entries for assessment at Level 6 being made and achieved in both Maths and Spelling Punctuation & Grammar (SPAG).
5) Academic targets – Governors are consulted about targets in attainment and progress and have been given regular updates about how the school has adapted to the new assessment system (formerly based on levels), with very pleasing results for the first time around in 2016. For more information about the latest Summer 2016 results, please see ‘School Performance Tables’.
The Finance & General Purposes committee approve the annual school budget in the spring, initially put forward by the School Business Manager via the Head, Deputy Headteacher and Chair of Governors. The budget includes all the resources and support services needed and also provides termly statutory reports to the local authority about how we are performing against the budget. A benchmarking report is available on the website. We have a scheme of delegation in place and beyond £10,000, spending plans have to be approved by Governors. For example we have updated the IT suite in school during the last few years and purchased laptops for the pupils use rather than the desktops. Recently the install of a new Fire Alarm system for the school was completed in the Summer of 2020 at a cost of just under £32,000. This was highlighted as part of the Local Authority Fire Risk Assessment and is a crucial part of the school’s health and safety programme to protect all users. Each term the Health and Safety Governor reviews Health & Safety issues with the Site Management team and they support any remedial work recommended through Janet Molyneux, the School Business Manager. Finally, we have dedicated Pupil Premium rep (Jeanette Kirkby) who advises on how to spend the funding more effectively and detail the impact being made. Please see separate section within Key Information on Pupil Premium and also PE & Sports Grant.
Chair of Governors
Please note that the Complaints Policy is available in the Policies section of this website. Should you have cause for complaint then please contact the class teacher in the first instance or speak to the Head Teacher, Mrs N Kelly.