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Governors

Welcome to the Governing Body for the Federation of Beaufort and Langley Schools.

"The Governors have contributed exceptionally well to the outstanding leadership of the school." - Ofsted 2012

"The governing Body is highly effective, playing both an advocate role for the school with the local authority and challenging the school's leadership extremely well." - Ofsted 2013

"They bring a wide range of skills and experience that benefits the school considerably." - Ofsted 2013

School Governing Body

Governor Name Type of Governor Committee Connection to staff/pupils Term of Office End Date Other School Governor Posts Business /personal interests Declared
Fiona Woolford Head Staffing Finance Joint site - Beaufort/Coppice Staff Executive HT      
Lynda Thomas, Chair Foundation Staffing Finance Joint Site Coppice   2021   None
Muriel Castle, Vice Chair Co-opted Staffing Finance Joint site - Beaufort  LAC governor   2021   None
Marie Mahoney Co-opted Finance Link Governor Staff - TA Parent of daughter at Langley 2021   None
Carol Harris Co-opted Staffing Joint Site Coppice   2021 Chair of Trustees - Timberley None
Ian Bailey Co-opted Joint Site Coppice/Beaufort Member of Coppice staff 2019 Co-opted governor- Coppice None
Kath Philpott Co-opted Finance Joint Site-Coppice   2021 Fairfax None
Ramadeep Kaur Parent governor   Parent of child at Langley 2021   None
Sarah Shaw Staff governor Joint Site-Beaufort Teacher-Langley 2017   NASUWT
otherwise none
Lindsay Rowbotham Co-opted SEN Governor Teacher-Beaufort 2021   NUT otherwise none
Aaron Bradbury Foundation Safeguarding  governor   2019    
Elaine Pollock Co-opted Finance Staffing   2021    
Jane Murdoch Co-opted Staffing   2021   Lecturer UCE NMC member Otherwise none
Vacancy Parent governor          
Vacancy LA governor          
Deb Steggall Associate Governor   Staff- Head of School Langley      
Steve Robinson Associate Governor   Staff-Head of School Beaufort      

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What is Governance?

The 2015 Governors’ Handbook, published by the Department for Education, states that school governing bodies ‘are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

The role of the governors is to provide challenge and support to ensure that each child has appropriate, high - quality education. Our team is made up of a variety of skilled and committed individuals, some with more specific areas of responsibility.

The Governing Body of Beaufort and Langley meets as a Full Governing Body and committees to deliver the three core strategic functions of school governors:

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

Governors come from all walks of life and play a vital role in shaping the school and ensuring educational standards are met.

Our Governing Body

Beaufort School is in a hard federation with Langley school and consequently has one governing body. Both schools are designated schools for pupils with cognition and learning disabilities and together they cater for the full range of learning disability.

Governors visit the school, both formally and informally, and this gives them a good insight into the day to day running of the establishment, as well as helping them in their role as ‘critical friends’. The School Development Plan, reviewed annually, is closely monitored by the governors. Governors attend training, which is provided both by the local authority and by the Learning Trust for Excellence. Their attendance at meetings is monitored, although all of our governors are dedicated to the schools.

Documents relating to our Federation can be found on our Policies and Documents page.

Our Constitution

Our constitution is laid down in the Instrument of Government for Beaufort and Langley Schools which came into effect on 17th May 2013 when the Governing Body was reconstituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) regulations 2012. In addition, the Governing Body is able to appoint Associate members.

The Governing Body of Beaufort and Langley Schools consists of:

  • 10 co-opted governors
  • 1 governor appointed by the Local Authority
  • 2 elected parent governors (1 from each school)
  • 2 foundation governors
  • 1 executive head team governor
  • 1 staff governor

We also have three associate governors, who provide skills and expertise, but cannot vote.

How do we Work?

The Full Governing Body meets twice per term. It delegates some of its work to committees, through terms of reference which are reviewed and agreed annually by the Full Governing Body. The membership of these committees is also agreed annually by the Full Governing Body. The key committees are:

  • Finance
  • Staffing
  • Joint Site for Beaufort and Colebourne Schools
  • Joint Site for Langley and Coppice School

Terms of reference of these committees are available below.

Meetings

  • Full Governing Body - 6
  • Staffing - 4
  • Finance - 4
  • Joint Site with Coppice - 3

Additional formal meetings have been held of the statutory committees (Head teacher’s performance appraisal and Pay) to enable governors to carry out their statutory duties in these areas.

Governors also regularly visit both schools to participate in training days, joint celebrations and to visit the children and staff within the classroom. This allows them to monitor key aspects of school development and provide support and challenge to the schools.

Attendance at governing body meetings is monitored and apologies accepted, if appropriate, if governors are unable to attend.

Governors have completed a skills audit and attend regular training to update their skills and knowledge as appropriate.

Governor Achievements and Impact

Ofsted has recognised the outstanding contribution that the governing body has made in strengthening the school's leadership and ensuring capacity for future development. (Ofsted 2012, 2013)

The achievements of the governing body for the past year can be summarised as follows:

  • Strategic vision for the federation - 5 year plan directly linked to individual schools' development plans.
  • Improved learning environments - Beaufort resources and facilities brought downstairs for improved access and stability, Langley Forest Schools outdoor classroom.
  • Improved learning provision - occupational therapy provision provided at Beaufort and Langley.
  • Increased provision for pupils with cognition and learning disabilities across the North and East of the city (24 places overall with plans for increased numbers once building and adaptations are completed at Beaufort School).
  • Partnership Working - LTE governor working party, collaboration with collocated mainstream partners through building and planning, development of a training plan for governors.

Governor Links

  • National Governors' Association (NGA) is an independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and well-being of the children and young people through supporting and promoting outstanding governance in all state-funded schools, including academies and free schools.
  • Birmingham City Council - Governor Information.

Documents

If you have cause for complaint, please read our Complaints Procedure which can be found on our Policies page.

Terms of Reference

LANGLEY IS A SCHOOL WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE VALUED FOR THEMSELVES
AND WHERE ALL ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE OF THEIR BEST