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Trustees

The Pioneer Academy Trust Board is constituted to create robust and challenging governance across our schools, realising the ambitions and aspirations for high achievement.  Building on the excellence of the quality of governance, the Multi Academy Trust Board will bring synergy to the leadership, management and policy framework for all schools.

The Trust board will hold the Governing Bodies accountable.

The Board will meet termly and comprise: the Chair of Governos from each of the 6 schools, the CEO and up to 4 member appointees.

The Board has overall responsibility for the management and administration of The Pioneer Academy: the operations of all schools, with some responsibilities delegated to the Local Governing Bodies of the schools. The Local Governing Bodies are legally functioning committees of the Trustees Board. They will meet termly and have their own committees, looking after the standards, resources and buildings and premises.

The Board also has sub committees for Staff Disciplinary issues, Complaints and Appeals and Pupil Exclusions.

Governors

Chair of Governors: Mrs Nicola Long 

Email: governors@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

Woodcote Primary School's Governing Body offers strategic direction to the school, reviews the school's Vision Statement and Development Plan annually and ensures that continuous improvement is achieved at the school. All governors visit the school at least once a term (often more), and complete a report on the standards that they observe during their visit. Governors also attend an INSET day annually.

It is up to each and every governor to fulfil his or her statutory responsibilities efficiently and to implement any changes within set deadlines. Every governor undertakes regular CPD, in order to keep their understanding, skills and knowledge up-to-date. This ensures that they contribute to the school running efficiently with continually rising standards.

The Governing Body sets an appropriate budget each year, which allows Woodcote Primary to achieve its desired outcomes.  Budget data is scrutinised termly by the Governing Body, and challenged when appropriate to ensure best value. Governors attend regular training and update their knowledge on financial procedures each year.

Governors ensure the health and safety of all users of the school premises, including procedures for safeguarding children.  Accidents are monitored, audits are scrutinised and recommendations are implemented accordingly.  Policies are reviewed annually and Health and Safety is an agenda item at every meeting.

Governors encourage good citizenship in the school and community.  Community cohesion is promoted through school policy, community events and governor interactions.  Governors are aware of the links between the community and the school, and they offer appropriate challenge to maintain standards.

Woodcote Primary's Governing Body was reconstituted in September 2014 to allow for a more dynamic and targeted structure. It is now made up of:-

  • 2 x Parent Governors
  • 1 x Staff Governor
  • 1 x LA Governor
  • 7 x Co-opted Governors
  • 3 x Associate Governors
  • 1 x Head Teacher

The full Governing Body meets monthly with specific roles covered by teams of at least two governors who report back at each meeting.

LIST OF GOVERNORS                 
                 
GOVERNOR TYPE VOTING NAME APPOINTED BY POSITION START DATE END DATE    
Head of school with transferred voting rights No Mrs Claire Baldock Governing Board Head of School 21/01/2020 21/01/2021 Further term agreed January 2020
Co-opted Yes Mr Stephen Broom Governing Board    - 03/09/2018 03/09/2022 Resigned 02/09/20  
Co-opted Yes Mr James Collins Governing Board Attendance and Behaviour  and Attainment and Progress 03/09/2014 03/09/2022 Further 4 year term agreed July 2018
Co-opted Yes Mrs Sally Mott Governing Board Health and Safety and Attendance and Behaviour 03/09/2018 03/09/2022 Further 4 year term agreed July 2018
Associate Member No Miss Natalie Conway Governing Board Safeguarding and SEND and Disadvantaged pupils 15/03/2020 15/03/2021 Further year agreed February 2020
Head teacher Yes Mr Timothy Rome Mandatory position TPA allocated Head Teacher 24/11/2008 Ongoing    
Parent Yes Mrs Dharmista Patel Parent election     - 21/07/2017 21/07/2019 Term expired - see new positions below
Parent Yes Mrs Nicola Long Parent election     - 21/07/2017 21/07/2019 Term expired - see new positions below
Staff Yes Mr Peter Russell Staff election     -    22/07/2017 22/07/2021 Resigned 16/10/2019  
Associate Member No Mr Andrew Pringle Governing Board     -    14/09/2020 14/09/2021 Resigned 02/11/2020  
Co-opted Yes Mrs Wei Li Governing Board     -   15/11/2018 15/11/2022 Resigned 22/09/2019  
Co-opted Yes Mr Henry Buchanan Governing Board Health and Safety and Finance  25/04/2019 25/04/2023    
Co-opted No Mr Rakesh Tripathi Governing Board Curriculum (and finance support role) 16/05/2019 16/05/2023    
Co-opted Yes Ms Ciara Tynan Governing Board     -     18/07/2019 18/07/2021 Resigned 17/09/2019  
Parent Yes Mrs Alison MacKenzie Parent election Vice Chair, Parent, Child and Community (and support  role with Health and Safety) 18/07/2019 18/07/2021    
Parent Yes Mr Robert King Parent Election Finance and Curriculum (and support role for Parent, Child and Community) 18/07/2019 18/07/2021    
Local Authority Yes Mrs Dharmista Patel Governing Board     -  18/07/2019 18/07/2023 Resigned 1/10/2019  
Co-opted Yes Mrs Nicola Long Governing Board Chair, Attainment and Progress (and supporting safeguarding role) 22/07/2019 22/07/2023    
Staff Yes Miss Emma Healy Staff election Safeguarding/SEND and disadvantaged pupils and staff liaison 19/11/2019 19/11/2023    
LA Governor Yes Mrs Nicola Tallis  LA Safeguarding and SEND and Disadvantaged pupils 25/02/2020 25/02/2024    
Total number of Full Governing Body meetings over the accademic year 2019-20:  11 (no meetings in December and August and 2 meetings in April)    
           
NAME GOVERNOR TYPE POSITION NO. OF MEETINGS ATTENDED % OF MEETINGS ATTENDED   
Mrs Claire Baldock Associate Member Teaching, Learning and Attainment Governor / Head of School 8 (out of a possible 9 meetings) 89% CB only a member of the GB for 9 of the 11 meetings 
Mr Timothy Rome Head Teacher Head Teacher 10 91%  
Mr James Collins Co-opted Disadvantaged pupils  10 91%  
Steve Broom Co-opted Finance 10 91%  
Dharmista Patel Parent Governor Chair (for September meeting) 1 100% Resigned 1/10/19  
Nicola Long Parent Governor Chair / Safeguarding and Inclusion  10 91%  
Andrew Pringle Associate Member Communication 8 73%  
Natalie Conway Associate Member Safeguarding and Inclusion  10 91%  
Sally Mott Co-opted Premises 11 100%  
Peter Russell Staff Governor Premises 1 100% Resigned 16/10/19
Henry Buchanan Co-opted Finance 8 73%  
Rakesh Tripathi Associate Member Premises and health and safety 11 100%  
Alison MacKenzie Parent Vice Chair / communication and training 11 100%  
Robert King Parent School Improvement 10 91%  
Nicola Tallis Local Authority Governor Safeguarding 6 (out of a possible 7 meetings) 86% Term of office did not start until 25/02/20
Emma Healy Staff Governor Staff liaison/support 8 (out of a possible 9 meetings) 89% Term of office did not start until 19/11/19

Woodcote Primary – Register of Interests 2020-21

 

NAME

POSITION/ROLE AT TPA

EMPLOYMENT

BUSINESS

COMPANY DIRECTORSHIPS

CHARITY TRUSTEE

MEMBERSHIP OF OTHER BODIES

OTHER INTERESTS

CLOSE FAMILY

INTERETS OF CLOSE FAMILY

Claire Baldock

Head of School

Woodcote Primary School

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Spouse: James Baldock

Siblings: Kirsty Spicer

Parents: Norman and Sharon Spicer

James Baldock: AK9 Dog Walking (self employed dog walker)

Sally Mott

Extended Hours Manager

Woodcote Primary School

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Spouse: David Mott

Siblings: Peter Barnett and Esther Hoare

Children over 18: Danny and Anthony Mott

Parents: Rosemary Barnett and Lionel Barnett (deceased)

David Mott: Rothschild Asset Management – Director

Peter Barnett: Self employed insurance broker

Esther Hoare: NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland

Danny Mott: Meteor Asset Management

Anthony Mott: Abbot, Oxford

Nicola Tallis

L.A. Governor

Educational Psychologist, Croydon Council

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Spouse: Daniel Tallis

Siblings: Tara Jellis

Parents: Mr and Mrs Muldowney

Daniel Tallis: MacMillan Educational

Tara Jelis: Virtual School Teacher, Staffordshire

Henry Buchanan

Co-opted Governor

Underwriter, Optio Group

Insurance

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Spouse: Jacqueline Buchanan

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Allison MacKenzie

Vice Chair / Parent Governor

Designers Guild Ltd

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Member of Woodcote PTFA

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Spouse: Jeremy Gow

Parents: Pamela MacKenzie

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Robert King

Parent Governor

Credit Agricole

RK Coaching & Consulting

Young Presidents Organisation

RK coaching & Consulting Ltd

RK Coaching & Consulting Ltd

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Spouse: Beverly King

Siblings: Lorraine King and Suzanne Holmes

Children over 18: Melissa King

Parents: Mr and Mrs A King

Beverly King: Graebel Inc. – Director or EMEA Clint Consulting

 

Lorraine King – Borough of Islington, School Assessor; staff professional development consultant and coach

Rakesh Tripathi

Co-opted Governor

Octal Ltd

Octal Ltd

Octal Ltd

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Spouse: Neha Mishra

Parents: Pramod and Sudha Tripathi

Neha Mishra: Octal Ltd – company director and Habitat Services Ltd, Company Director

Natalie Conway

Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion

Woodcote Primary School

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Spouse: Chris Pook

Chris Pook: Jaspers Croydon Corporate Catering, owner and director

Nicola Long

Chair and Co-opted Governor

Ketchum

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Spouse: Kevin Long

Siblings: Johanna Garrett

Parents: Jackie Garrett

Kevin Long: British Telecom, Senior Leaker

Emma Healy

Class Teacher

Woodcote Primary School and Jay Seal (behalf of Croydon Council)

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Spouse: Stephen Scola

Siblings: Kieran, Euan and Aidan Healy

Parents: Kevin and Lucy Healy

Deborah Scola (mother-in-law to be) – School Business Manager at Woodcote Primary School

James Collins

Co-opted Governor

Metier Integration

Services Ltd

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Metier Integration

Services Ltd

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Member of the School Board at The Crescent

 

 

Nicola Leaker

Clerk to the Governing board

Office Assistant

Woodcote Primary School

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Spouse: David Leaker

Siblings: Andrew McCleave

Parents: Veronica McCleave

David Leaker: Head of Technology Services, Strictly Educational.  

 

Andrew McCleave: Manager, Hayes Recruitment

             

How are Governors recruited?

Governors are recruited by several different methods depending upon the type of Governor being sought.

Local Authority (LA) Governor

This category of Governor needs to be approved by the Local Authority (LA) and although likely candidates may be put forward by the LA,  the Governing Body can seek suitably skilled individuals from within the Local Authority arena who may then be put forward to LA Governor Services to take up references prior to taking up the position.

Staff Governor

Any member of Woodcote Primary School staff (not restricted to teaching staff) may nominate themselves or be nominated to stand for the Staff Governor position, and the position will be appointed following a vote by the staff at the school.

Co-opted Governor

If a vacancy arises for a Co-opted Governor then a role description and skills requirement will be produced.  The Governing Body will work with the One Stop Governor Shop to identify local candidates who may be a good match to meet the need.  If the parental balance on the Governing Body at that time allows, then this may also be opened up to the parent body to apply.  When any suitable candidates have provided a covering letter and CV, a subgroup of the Governing Body would review these to make a short list who would then undertake the interview process.  Once a decision has been made by the subgroup, this would be presented to the main Governing Body for approval.

Parent Governor

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

Following the most recent statutory guidance, issued 27 March 2015: -

Governing bodies may only appoint as a parent governor a parent who has, in their opinion, the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school.  Every effort should therefore be made upfront to avoid potential difficulties later by informing prospective candidates of the nature of the role and securing their agreement to a clear set of expectations for behaviour and conduct.

How do I raise any concerns with the Governing Body?

The Governing Body welcome communication from all of the school stakeholders.  If you wish to raise a concern or share an idea or opinion then please do so by either emailing us on governors@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or alternatively you can write a letter and give it to the Office to pass onto us.

We make a concerted effort to ensure that there is always at least one Governor in attendance at school functions, such as performances, coffee mornings or parents evenings so this is another way that you can speak to us face to face.

There are also some of us that you will see daily in the playgrounds, where we would be more than happy to answer any quick questions you may have.  However, if you have something of a more important or sensitive nature to discuss then please use one of the more formal routes mentioned above.

If an individual wishes to raise a concern on behalf of a group of parents\stakeholders, it is necessary that all such parties put their name to such communication so the Governing Body can be informed of all the individuals involved.

We will always do our best to respond to you in the first instance within 24 hours of your communication, however we ask that you please bear in mind that we also have working and family life to juggle alongside our voluntary Governor responsibilities.

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