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4. Who are we?
5. Who is who?
The Federation’s Governing Body is responsible for both Pinvin First and St. Nicholas Middle School.
We are often asked questions such as: What precisely is your role? How do you go about things? What authority do you actually have and to whom are you answerable? What have you been doing and how does it affect our children's education?
The following pages are intended to answer these kind of questions. I hope you find them informative and helpful.
Chair of Governors, Pinvin Federation
As Governors we represent parents and the wider community in the running of our Federation’s two schools. We work in partnership with our Executive Head Teacher and his staff to ensure that each and every one of our schools’ pupils enjoys the highest possible standards of education and achieves to the best of his or her ability.
We do not get involved in day-to-day operational matters. These are the responsibility of our Executive Head Teacher and his team.
Our role is a strategic one, focusing very much on: where are we now, where do we want to be and how will we get there?
Our role has three main strands through which we are required, on behalf of parents, carers and the rest of the community, to
- Ensure that our schools have a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of our schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- oversee the financial performance of our schools, making sure the money is well spent.
- please click here to see the latest Governor Newsletter
- to see a short video about the work of Governors, please click here
We are the Federation's strategic decision makers and vision setters. We monitor and evaluate the Federation's performance and progress. We challenge where and when necessary and provide constructive feedback.
We meet as a full Governing Body at least once per term and carry out much of our work through four sub-committees which deal with specific aspects of the schools’ performance. In addition, individual and small groups of us regularly visit the Federation in order to explore and understand specific aspects of their work and meet pupils and staff.
The four sub-committees are
Teaching and Learning (T&L) which ensures that our schools deliver a broad and well balanced curriculum with a high standard of teaching and learning with targets either met or exceeded.
School and Community (S&C) which ensures that arrangements for the well-being of pupils (including Safeguarding) and staff are implemented. It also fosters mutually beneficial relationships between the Federation and its stakeholders.
Resources (R) which ensures that the budgets of our two schools are managed in a robust and sustainable manner.
Pay (P) which ensures that the pay policy, including arrangements for performance management, is properly implemented.
The terms of reference for each of the sub-committees can be found at the foot of this page.
From where does our authority come?
Pinvin CE First School and St nicholas CE Middle School belong to The Diocese of Worcester Multi-Academy Trust (DoWMAT) whose schools are deeply committed to implementing a collaborative approach to developing and securing excellent educational provision for pupils. The Trust Board as far as possible delegates the management of its schools to Headteachers and Local Governing Bodies with a view to retaining and respecting the individual identities of Trust schools. Roles continue to largely adhere to the statutory regulations and guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE)
Some of us are appointed by the Diocese of Worcester. Others are elected by parents and staff or are either ex-officio or co-opted. We are all volunteers.
|Type of Governor||Number|
|Executive Headteacher of Federation ex-officio||1|
|Head of PFS ex-officio||1|
|Elected member of staff||1|
1 Co-opted Governors are appointed to the Governing Body because they are judged to have the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of our schools.
|Ms Natalie Rushton||Head of school - St Nicholas CE Middle School||Ex-officio||School & Community and Resources|
|Mrs Rebecca Chatterton||Head of School - Pinvin CE First School||Ex-officio||Teaching & Learning and Resources||Husband is Director of school travel company.|
Revd Claire Lording
|Foundation ex-officio||Ex-officio||Chair of School and Community||Chair of Pershore Food Bank (Trussell Trust)|
Mr. Richard Elliott
Chair of Pay Committee
School and Community
Mr. James Montgomery
School and Community
|Wife is a Governor of Advance Trust, Evesham|
Mrs. Sue Townley
Mr. Nicholas Watkins
Joint Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources
|Wife works in the Pinvin Federation School Office|
Mrs Karen Broughton
|Parent PFS||15.3.19||Teaching and Learning||Member of Pinvin Pre School Management Committee|
Ms Alison Cartwright
Joint Chair of Governors
Mrs Helen Wadsworth
|Parent STNMS||28.4.20||Teaching and Learning||Teaching Assistant at Upton Snodsbury CE First School|
|Mrs Jodie Whitfield Palmer||Foundation||26.3.21||Chair - Teaching and Learning||Teacher at Abbey Park Federation|
- Natalie Rushton is Head of School based at St Nicholas CE Middle School. She has undertaken a number of roles within the Pinvin Federation.
- Rebecca Chatterton has been employed at Pinvin Federation for 14 years. During this time she has worked across the Year groups and has taught most subjects including PE for which she was subject co-ordinator.
- Revd Claire Lording has recently moved to Pershore and regularly leads Collective Worship at both schools.
- Richard Elliott is a long-term Governor having previously served on the Pinvin CE First School Governing Body before the schools Federated. Richard is always a willing volunteer for any events at school where an extra pair of hands are required.
- James Montgomery, also a previous first school Governor, is the parent of 2 children 1 who attends Pinvin CE First School. James produces Governor Newsletters.
- Sue Townley is the School Business Manager of the Pinvin Federation and has worked at both schools.
- Nick Watkins brings his business and finance experience to the Governing Body and is the Chair of the Resources Committee. Nick has two children at Pinvin CE First School.
- Karen Broughton brings both her teaching and sporting expertise to the Governing Body. She has one child at each of the Federation schools.
- Alison Cartwright brings many skills and experiences to the Governing Body with her Local Authority experience. She is a valuable member of the team.
- Helen Wadsworth is our newest Governor, she has a child at St Nicholas CE Middle School and works at one of our feeder first schools.
- Jodie Whitfield Palmer is a Foundation Governor, who brings teaching experience to Governors based, as she is, at another local middle school.
6. To whom are we accountable?
We are accountable to the parents and carers of our schools’ pupils, our pupils. our staff, the wider community and each other.
We regularly audit our expertise and experience and use self evaluation techniques to check the extent to which we are fulfilling our roles.
We follow a nationally recognised code of practice which sets out what is expected of us as individuals in terms of our roles and responsibilities, commitment, relationships, confidentiality and conflicts of interest.
In common with many other bodies and organisations we subscribe to the Nolan Committee’s Principles of Public Life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership.
OFSTED considers us to be an integral part of the schools’ leadership. We are, therefore, along with all other aspects of our schools’ life and work, inspected and judged by OFSTED.
In addition, as Church schools, we are subjected to regular SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspections.
7. Code of Conduct for the Governing Body of the Federation of St. Nicholas C of E Middle School Pinvin and Pinvin C of E First School
Click this link to see the DoMAT Code of Conduct
The newsletters that follow are a summary of what we have done since the start of the Federation in September 2015 and the impact which we have had on its development.