What do Governors do?
Our school, like all the schools in the Trust, has a local governing body (LGB). There is a scheme of delegation, which details how the LGB should work. The LGB hold meetings during the year in which
they help to support the school, its leadership and pupils whilst challenging to make sure that everyone achieves as much progress as they should.
Our school’s LGB is made up of 4 trust-appointed members, who are volunteers, two parents, two staff and the Headteacher. Governors are drawn from different parts of the community which helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience. They can invite other members of staff in to meetings to discuss current issues. You can find out about our governors in our ‘Meet the Governors’ section below . They have to declare that they are working for the school in an open and honest way and so fill in a declarations of interests forms which can also be found below.
The LGB also works alongside a regional board where region-wide issues are discussed. The Regional Board is made up of volunteers, just like a LGB, with Headteachers and chairs of governors. There is
also a team of regional officers, led by the Regional Director. They provide support to the schools in finance, HR, estates and governance.
The school governors are committed to school welfare and improvement. In consultation with the Headteacher and other staff, their main responsibilities are to:
- Set aims and agree policies, targets and objectives for the school
- Support and challenge decisions
- Help determine the ethos of the school
- Agree how to spend the school budget
- Appoint new Headteachers and assist in the recruitment of other staff
How does the governing body work?
There are normally six to eight meetings a year which involve the full governing body. They are provided with reports from the Headteacher, other members of staff and from the various committees about the work they have been doing. They ask questions, make decisions, comment on proposals, offer advice and act as a sounding board for ideas. The governing body objective is always to arrive at the best solution for the school.
We monitor specific objectives listed on the School Development Plan so each Governor will be responsible for monitoring an initiative in, for example: English, Maths, Special Educational Needs etc. This allows governors to focus on a particular area and work more closely with the relevant teachers and to then feedback to the full governing body.
Our School Governing Body is made up of the following members:
Mrs J. Davies (term ends 26/09/2021)
Mrs A. Didier (Headteacher)
Miss R. Burgin (term ends 24/11/19)
Mrs J. Powell (term ends 24/11/19)
Mrs J. Gormley, Chair (term ends 16/11/20)
Mrs E. Stainer
Mr K. Mills
Currently 1 vacancy for co-opted governor and 4 director appointee vacancies
Deputy Headteacher Miss L Smith and School Business Manager Lucy Henderson are invited to attend meetings
Lead Governor Roles and Responsibilities
Child Protection and Safeguarding- Mrs E. Stainer
Health and Safety – Mrs J. Davies
Pupil Premium and SEND – Mrs J. Gormley
Curriculum – Miss R. Burgin
Meet the Governors
Jan Gormley- Chair of Governors
I am the current chair of Governors at Veritas Primary Academy. I first joined the board because I wanted to support Veritas as a newly formed school. I was very interested to see how the school leaders aspirations for our pupils translated into whole school results, rounded individuals and safe & happy children. I haven’t been disappointed. I really enjoy working within and for the school, bringing my experiences of the education sector to the primary sector and making a positive contribution to the leadership of the school through the governing body. I feel very proud to be associated with Veritas Primary Academy and enjoy my visits, and feel that my presence and enquiry is welcomed by pupils and staff alike.
Julia Davies- Parent Governor
This is my second school as a Governor and it is a huge privilege to be part of this team. As a Parent Governor, I feel I can offer a valuable perspective of the experiences children have at school. We parents regularly interact with the school in a multitude of ways so we have the chance to observe and question. My part is to look at the broader picture and take the school to account on how it might better support the education our children are experiencing. I have two young children and love the bright inquisitive nature of youngsters. The ethos at Veritas to “foster a love of learning” is, to my mind, a vital foundation for all children to achieve whatever they wish and I set this as my primary test behind my questioning whenever we meet as a Governing Board.
Emma Stainer- Co-Opted Governor
I am currently the Safeguarding and Child Protection School Governor for Veritas Primary Academy. I joined the board to help link the school to the military community as I work within the welfare office at MOD Stafford. As I work closely with the military families I think I can help both the school and the families understand the stresses and strains that can sometimes occur within military life. I currently hold a level 2 certificate in safeguarding children and already work with families it was a natural choice to become the safeguarding member. During my visits to Veritas I’m always in awe of how happy, polite and confident all the children are but I also pick up on how at home they appear to be in such a nurturing learning environment. Although I am new within the governing team I feel very proud to be part of such a happy school and I look forward to learning and growing along with Veritas.
Kevin Mills- Co-Opted Governor
I am employed as an associate Minister at Beacon Church on the Staffordshire Technology Park and have lived in Stafford for the past 2 1/2 years. Part of my role as a minster is to engage with families on Marston Grange which is were I live with my wife Wendy. We live in a house bought by the church so that we can live amongst the residents , build on relationships and help support and build a community on such a new estate. I have been involved in children’s and youth work for over the 20 years mainly in a church setting however I have had the pleasure of being a member of the governing board of Sure Start an organisation which supports families in every day life. I have a passion to see all children being given the best possible learning opportunities in order to achieve their potential in life. I love the opportunities to get involved with developments and new ways of engaging children and assisting their learning. I look forward to working alongside others at Veritas.
Declaration of Pecuniary and Personal Interests
Governors and trustees have a legal duty to act only in the best interests of their schools. Where a situation arises in which they cannot do this due to a personal interest they have, steps should be taken to identify, prevent and record the conflict. This ensures governors or trustees are acting in the best interests of the school.
Generally, governors should not participate in any discussions in which they or their relatives may directly or indirectly benefit from a pecuniary interest, except where the relevant authority has authorised this i.e. legislation for maintained schools or articles of association for academies. A direct benefit refers to any personal financial benefit and an indirect benefit refers to any financial benefit you may have by virtue of a relationship to someone who stands to gain from a decision of the governing board. Both direct and indirect interests must be declared.
Non-pecuniary interests (Conflicts of loyalty)
There may be a non-pecuniary interest whereby the governor does not stand to gain any benefit but a declaration should still be made. For example, this might be where a governor has a family member working in the school. While the governor might not benefit personally, their judgment could be impaired if something was brought up that would affect the family member.