Meet the Governors
The Local Governing Body (LGB) of Ruskin Junior School advises on the overall development and management of the school in areas of curriculum, special educational needs, and staffing..
The LGB meets regularly and consists of elected parents, elected staff which includes the Headteacher, and individuals whom the LGB have voted on for their skills and experience.
If parents need to raise any concerns they should follow the Complaints Policy which can be found on here.
|Governor Name||Role||Capacity||Appointed||Term of Office||Appointed By|
|Matthew Cook||Chair||Co-Opted||21/01/2021||21/01/2021-20/01/2025||Governing Body|
|James Wood||Staff Governor||Deputy Headteacher||07/06/2021|
|Gemma Orankan||Staff Governor||Teaching Assistant||07/06/2021||08/07/2021-07/07/2025||Governing Body|
|Hannah Cottrell||Governor||Parent||04/03/2021||04/03/2021-03/03/2025||Governing Body|
|James King||Governor||Parent||04/03/2021||04/03/2021-03/03/2025||Governing Body|
|Kayleigh Dunning||Governor||Community||04/03/2021||04/03/2021-03/03/2025||Governing Body|
Governors who have resigned in the past 12 months
Pauline Miller: Chair: resigned July 2021
Julie Hewitt: Staff; resigned June 2021
Natasha Heffron: Co-opted; resigned May 2021
Val Houldey: Trust: resigned January 2021
Paul Cooper: Co-Opted; resigned December 2020
Lee O'Donnell: Co-opted; resigned July 2020
Mark Fraser: Parent; resigned July 2020
James Burgess: Staff: resigned October 2020
Governors can be contacted via the clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings are held once per term, minutes of these are available on written request from the Clerk either via email or in writing.
Becoming a Governor
If you feel that you would like to offer more to the school and join its governing body, we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact the Clerk to Governors by email at: email@example.com.
Click here to find out more about school governance or watch this fantastic video created by the Department for Education which was filmed in Swindon.
Terms of Reference
The main functions of the local governing body:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils; and the effective and efficient management of the staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
- to be involved in the appointment of staff and ensure recruitment, selection and appointments meet statutory and safeguarding requirements
- to monitor staff job descriptions to ensure fairness, legality and that they are up to date
- to be involved in the monitoring and recruitment of Governors
- to review and monitor the staffing and leadership establishment of the school
- to ensure school networks delivers quality staff development
- to monitor and review staff training
- to instigate, monitor, review and evaluate Governor training
- to monitor and review Performance Management/Appraisals
- to instigate capability procedures as and when appropriate
- to oversee disciplinary/grievance procedures
- to monitor and review all aspects of staff wellbeing (including Health and Safety eg maternity.)
- general protection of staff welfare e.g: stalkers, violent people, e-safety
- to investigate allegations against staff
- to investigate allegations against pupils
- to ensure the medical, emotional and social needs of all pupils are met
- to monitor behaviour log, bullying log and racist incident log
- to monitor and review the Academy’s involvement with the wider community
Education Standards and Progress
- to ensure that to raise standards is acted upon, using the objectives set out in the School Improvement Plan
- to review and analyse the performance of the school, against national and local indicators, and to advise the Governing Body on any action required in order to sustain improvement.
- to approve the school’s curriculum statement and to ensure that it is being met.
- to ensure that School Improvement Plan reflects the requirement to raise standards, and to monitor and evaluate it accordingly.
- to monitor the implementation of any Action Plan resulting from OFSTED Inspections, in order to maintain progress.
- to recommend or approve the annual key stage targets to be set.
- to establish with the assistance of the Head, information about how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced.
- to ensure that the requirements of pupils with SEND are met.
- to receive regular reports from the Head and/or SMT on the quality of teaching and learning, to identify areas for improvement, and ensure that any necessary action is taken to maximise outcomes for pupils.
- to ensure that other relevant policies (i.e. for Teaching & Learning, Behaviour, Attendance etc.) which support learning and improvements in attainment are in place and regularly reviewed.
The Chair of Governors can be contacted in the following ways:
Chair of Governors
C/O Ruskin Junior School
Wordsworth Drive, Upper Stratton
Swindon, Wilts, SN2 7NG