Governors

Register of Governors & Business Interests 2019-20

NAME / TYPE

RESPONSIBILITY & PARTICULAR INTEREST

ATTENDANCE %

AC YR 19-20

Lori Mackey

Executive Head Teacher

Current term:

    ongoing

Start date:  1/9/2015

 

100%

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020

Paid employment at Shenstone School

Governor of Parkway Primary School since April 2018 

Trustee at Bexley Voice (Charity) since Sept 2020

Next door neighbour of Vicki Springhall

Janine Wooster

Appointed

Current term:

11/09/2017 - 10/09/2021

Start date:  11/09/2017

Pupil Premium  

Child Protection & Looked After Children

SMSC

100%

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020           

Governor at Days Lane Primary School since June 2014

Governor at Cleeve Meadow School since Sept 2019.

Ms Vicki Springhall

Appointed

Current term:

7/9/2020- 6/9/2024

Start date:  07/09/2020

MOVE curriculum

n/a

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020           

Head Teacher's neighbour

Emmanuel Oduntan

Appointed

Current term:

11/9/2017-10/9/2021

Start date:  11/9/2017

Vice Chair

Health & Safety

42%

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020           

None

Sarah Budds

Parent Governor

Current term:

13/10/2020 - 12/10/2024

Start date: 11/9/2017

 

Early Years

 

100%

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020           

Parent of pupil at Shenstone School

Wendy Lawson

Appointed

Current term:

13/11/2014-13/11/2022

Start date:  13/11/2022

ICT

 

57%

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020           

Previous parent of pupil at Shenstone School

Mrs Claire Cotterell

Staff Governor

Current term:

11/9/2017 - 10/9/2021

Start date: 11/09/2017

 

85%

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020          

Paid employment at Shenstone School

 

Abi Johnson

Appointed

Current term:

23/11/20 - 22/11/24

Start date: 23/11/20

   

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020      

None  

Stephanie Webb

Parent Governor

Current term:

23/11/20 - 22/11/24

Start date: 23/11/20

   

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020      

Parent of pupil at the school  

Kelly Potter

Parent Governor

Current term:

23/11/20 - 22/11/24

Start date: 23/11/20

   

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020      

Parent of pupil at the school   

Eve Kennett

Staff Governor

Current term:

05/02/21 - 04/02/25

Start date: 05/02/21

   

Declarations of Interest

including transactions to 31st August 2020   

Paid employment at Shenstone

Wife of caretaker at Sidcup site

Mother in law of teaching assistant

 

Hannah Thompson

8/5/2019 - 7/5/2023

Clerk to the Governors (Full Governors & Pay Committees)

100%

Previous Governors

Ms Sarah Griffin

Term:

11/09/2017 - 10/09/2021

Start date:  11/09/2017

End date: 05/10/20

Appointed

Declarations of Interest, including transactions to 31st August 2020  - None 

 

28%

Robert Bearsby

Term:

9/9/2019 - 8/9/2023

End date:  26/11/19

Declarations of Interest, including transactions to 31st August 2020  - None 

Appointed

0%

Aimee Thompson

Term:

9/9/2019 - 8/9/2023

End Date: 22/06/20

Declarations of Interest, including transactions to 31st August 2020  - parent of pupil attending Shenstone

Appointed

33%

Heather Jolly

Appointed 

(Deputy Head)

Term:

16/11/2019- 15/11/2023

End Date : 23/11/20

Declarations of Interest including transactions to 31st August 2020:         

Paid employment at Shenstone School

Lizzie Fogarty from Simply Lizzie is her sister in law employed by Shenstone School.

GOVERNORS IMPACT STATEMENT 2019-20

Summary of Achievements During the Year

Include: Inspection outcome, Significant appointments, pupil outcomes and budget outturn

Governance at Shenstone School within TKAT

Shenstone Academy is part of TKAT, a multi academy trust.  The trust is a charity and its board of trustees must ensure that it complies with its charitable objects which relate to the provision of education in its schools.  As such it is the trust board which is accountable for the performance of the schools in the trust, and in turn, it is held to account by the Department for Education.  The trust can choose to appoint committees for each of its academies and where it does so, these are known as a local governing body or LGB.  The LGB’s responsibilities are set out in a document known as the Scheme of Delegation which is available on TKAT’s and Academy’s website.

Shenstone School Local Governing Body

The governing body has met on a regular basis throughout the year and has had some membership changes over the period. We continue to have positive input from our parent members and have had a primary school Headteacher from another school as part of our body alongside other appointed members.

The school has continued to work tirelessly for the children and parents that it serves and has tackled the many challenges that have come up during the year in a positive way, as a governing body we have strived to support the senior leadership team in all of its endeavours.

We had an inspection from the Ofsted team and the governing body were fully involved in interviews with inspectors to showcase the work of the school.

We have worked with school on all of the developments that have taken place over this period and been an integral part of the school development/ improvement plan.

We are proud of many achievements including the development of the Shenstone Stepping stones curriculum assessment and planning system.

The school and governing body have worked with Bexley Local Authority as well as the TKAT team to move the school forward in its quest for excellence.

Governance functions

The core functions of governance in publicly funded schools are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In MATs these functions must be carried out at board level, and in some cases aspects of these functions will be delegated to LGBs.

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Shenstone Academy fully embraces TKAT’s vision for the trust, which is Inspiring Learners, Changing Lives. 

Shenstone Academy values are Success, Happiness, Excellence, Nurturing, Safe, teamwork, Opportunities, never giving up and Equality

“Together we engage, thrive and achieve.”

At Shenstone School we are committed in supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our pupils, staff and parents/carers. 

Our vision is to be amongst the best specialist providers for pupils with Severe and Complex learning needs and to be recognised as a centre for excellence, providing support to other schools that have children with similar special educational needs.

We have high expectations for all our pupils and strive to ensure that their individual needs, interests and abilities are recognised and met. Our Shenstone Values are at the core of all we do.

 Shenstone Academy’s core purpose is to: 

  • encourage and celebrate achievement for pupils at every opportunity.
  • provide a safe and happy learning environment for everyone and to provide opportunities and experiences for the children to build self-esteem and confidence.
  • help children to create and maintain positive relationships.
  • promote a sense of teamwork across the entire school community.
  • work to engage and be a positive influence within the local community.
  1. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

Outcomes - not applicable for 2019-2020

Monitoring progress - not applicable for 2019-2020

Performance management.  The Governor’s pay committee met to ratify the performance management and pay awards for all staff in accordance with the TKAT pay policy.

The Schools response to the COVID 19 Pandemic

The school was able to provide full support for those children whose parents were key workers or where there were safeguarding or other concerns. Staff worked extremely hard to make as much provision as possible taking account of all of the difficulties that were put in the way including the difficulty in sourcing adequate PPE and ensuring cleanliness of the school at all times. These issues were exacerbated by the very high level of need which the pupils have and the impossibility of achieving meaningful social distancing. A huge programme of support to ensure that both pupils and staff were safe was put into place quickly and maintained throughout the summer term.

Children who did not attend school were supported through a comprehensive home learning programme involving a range of activities on Google classroom, downloadable materials and additional provision for anyone who was unable to use internet resources for any reason. The school provided its own YouTube channel with fun and stimulating activities to engage all of its learners. Good communication was maintained between families and school to ensure that families were coping as well as they possibly could during the pandemic.

Children returned to school in September with a full risk assessment having been undertaken and all possible safety provisions being put into place. Bubbles have been maintained and any parents who were concerned about their children returning were supported to ensure that they felt as safe as possible with the new arrangements. School quickly returned to a high level of attendance.

  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Budget Summary is shared termly during finance and staffing committee meetings as well as the full governing body meetings.

Summary Local Governing Body effectiveness  

All of the governors have engaged in meetings both in person and remotely, where senior leaders were both supported and challenged to ensure that the arrangements in place both pre and post Covid were as effective as they could be. Individual governors have when they were able visited school to attend events and support classroom activities.

Governors have taken the lead on particular activities and have been able to engage in training both that provided by TKAT and by Bexley LA.

Governors have worked to support senior leaders to ensure that Staff wellbeing was considered in policies and arrangements.

Future plans

The governing body will continue to meet remotely in the next term but will as soon as it is safe to do so return to school visits and face to face meetings.

As the chair of the governing body I will continue to monitor arrangements, carry out statutory duties and attend school in person when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

 

Chair of Governors: Janine Wooster

Date: 16/10/2020

 

 

Message from Janine Wooster – Shenstone School Chair of the Governing Body.

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Chair of the Governing body for Shenstone school. I have been involved with Shenstone school over many years, initially working with the students when I was training as a teacher more than 35 years ago. More recently I have been working with the school whilst fulfilling my role of Complex needs manager for the London Borough of Bexley. Having left my post at the council I was asked if I was willing to be co- opted as a governor for the school. I was happy to do this and having attended a couple of meetings I was asked if I would stand as the Chairperson.

The governing body is made up of volunteers from a range of different backgrounds including parents/ carers, school staff and members of the local community. We meet regularly and work hard to fulfil our roles and responsibilities.

We currently have 11 governors:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 2 staff governors
  • 3 parent governors
  • 5 appointed governors 

Chair of Governors:           Ms J Wooster, an appointed governor

Vice-Chair of Governors:   Mr Emmanuel Oduntan

Structure

There are four meetings of the full Local Governing Body each academic year.  In addition to this, there are two committee meetings per term.

The Governing body works with the senior leadership team of the school to ensure that the children of Shenstone school have the best opportunities to develop. It works to ensure that everyone in school is focused on teaching and learning within a caring environment.

I come from a background of teaching in Special and mainstream schools and have been working with many of the parents and carers in Bexley to ensure that those children and young people who needed a Statement of SEN and now an Education, Health and Care Plan received one and were given the educational support that they required. I look forward to working with the staff and parents at Shenstone school to keep up the excellent work that is going on at present and to move forward with new projects.

How to contact the Governing Body:

Letters should be posted or handed in to the School Office addressed as follows:

Private & Confidential
Mrs J Wooster - Chair of the Governing Board
c/o The Clerk to the Governors
Shenstone School
94 Old Road
Kent DA1 4DZ

Shenstone School is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). 

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation.  TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

Please click here to link to the Scheme of Delegation

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Please click here to link to the Directors of the TKAT Board.

Please click here to link to Governance information relating to TKAT, including the structure of governance and relevant details about Trustees terms of office, attendance and business interests.

Please click here for key documents including the Master Funding Agreement, Articles of Association and Accounts.

 

 

 

Downloads Date  
Governing Body 2018-19 22nd Mar 2018 Download
Governor Profiles 2018-19 10th Apr 2018 Download
Composition of Governing Body.pdf 21st Jan 2019 Download
Governors Attendance Summary 2018 19 11th Dec 2019 Download
Shenstone School Attendance Summary 2019... 25th Sep 2020 Download