Welcome to our Governors Section.
Dines Green School was founded in 1954 to serve a newly built post war estate on the western edge of Worcester. Initially starting life as an Infant School, a Junior School was added in 1960 and a Nursery in 1989. In the early nineties the schools were combined under the leadership of one Head Teacher and physically joined to become the Primary School we have today.
Over the years, Dines Green has provided generations of children with an excellent start to their education. It has spacious accommodation and a large outside area part of which includes a forest school. We now have a full time nursery and a breakfast club.
Today we are a school that is undergoing rapid change and is soon to become an academy. With the support of Governors, Staff and Local Authority we are working hard to provide all of our pupils with the resources and broadly balanced education that they will need.
The chair of governors is Mrs Naomi Christelow, who can be contacted via the school office.
Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by Committees which meet at least twice each term.
The different categories of governors on our governing body are:
Parent Governors have a child in school at the time of their election, and are elected by the parents with children at the school.
Staff Governors are a member of staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues.
Co-opted Governors are appointed on to the governing body by the other members because they come from a specialist group, such as the business community or because they possess a particular skill which can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Local Authority (LA) Governors are are nominated by the local councellor and appointed by the governing body.
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first full Governor meeting of the academic year.
At Dines Green Primary we have the following Committees:
The scrutiny committee was set up to support the local authority and school action plan. It meets fortnightly. The Pupil Premium and Sports funding is also monitored to ensure provision is improved.
School Focus Committee
The school focus committee was set up to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely and in accordance with best value and to meet the needs of our pupils. The committee is also responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the school premises and Health & Safety of the site.
The appeals committee was set up to ensure that complaints are properly dealt with.
These governors have served at any point over the past 12 months:
Mrs Naomi Christelow – Chair of Governors
Sharon Tilki – Vice Chair of Governors
Julia Williams – Co-Opted Governor
Tracy Lowe - Co-Opted Governor
Emma Grace – Co-Opted Governor
Di Brown – Co-Opted Governor
Laura Hartley – Staff Governor
Lucy Taylor - Staff Governor
Lorna Bate - Parent Governor
Governors who have served over the last 12 months but are no longer members of the Governing body:
Andrew Wood – Associate Member 16.09.14 - 01.10.17
Mrs Karen Appleby – Co-Opted Governor 17.03.15 - 30.10.17
Helen Ciancio – Parent Governor 16.03.15 - 19.02.18
Suzanne Paul - Co-Opted Governor
All Governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed.
If you want to be part of Dines Green Primary School’s Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies.
Contact: Naomi Christelow, Chair Of Governors, on 01905 423228
The responsibilities of a governor are similar to the director of a company; the Senior Leadership Team being the managers.
Governors are the strategic leaders of the school. Their purpose is to: ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.’ There should be a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
Effective governance is based on six key features:
Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance
Governance Handbook 2017
A copy of the latest Governance handbook and Competency Framework for Governors can be accessed using this link https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/582868/Governance_Handbook_-_January_2017.pdf. or a hard copy can be obtained from the clerk or school office.
OFSTED Inspectors will consider whether Governors:
OFSTED Common Inspection Framework 2015
Consent for absence from any meeting is required. All meetings have a quorum (a minimum number of governors required in order for the meeting to go ahead). Therefore it is important that attendance at meetings, especially committee meetings which have a smaller pool of governors in the first place, is well managed.
Declarations of an interest in any agenda item must be stated at the beginning of a meeting or as soon as the governor becomes aware of the issue. Please remember that interests can be both financial and non-financial. If necessary the governor must withdraw from the meeting for the duration of that item.
All new governors should complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (even if they have completed one previously in another capacity). A form can be obtained from the Business Manager at the school.
It is important that governors individually and collectively have sufficient training to fulfil their responsibilities effectively.
Training is available from a number of sources including Worcestershire County Council’s Governor Services department via www.worcestershirepld.co.uk (the Clerk to the Governors can book places). The school will fund relevant training for governors.
Governors will receive periodic details about available courses, but should also feel free to request training on any other subject which may be appropriate.