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Governors

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:

Scrutiny Committee

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.

Appeals Committee

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

  • Appointed by the Governing Body 17.03.15 - 16.03.19
  • Chair of the Scrutiny and member of the Appeals Committee.  
  • Link, Lead Safeguarding, Attendance and EYFS KS1 Governor.
  • Register of interests - None declared.

Sharon Tilki – Vice Chair of Governors

  • Appointed by parent Election 16.03.15 - 15.03.19
  • Chair of the School Focus & member of the Scrutiny Committee.
  • Link, Health & Safety & Finance Governor.
  • Register of interests - One child attends the school.

Julia Williams – Co-Opted Governor

  • Appointed by the Governing Body 04.07.16 – 05.07.20
  • Member of Scrutiny Committee. 
  • Link, Pupil Premium and Assessment Governor.
  • Register of interests – None declared

Tracy Lowe - Co-Opted Governor

  • Appointed by the Governing body 01.10.17 - 30.09.21
  • Register of interests - None declared

Emma Grace – Co-Opted Governor

  • Appointed by Governing Body on 18.09.17 - 17.09.21
  • Member of the Scrutiny Committee.  
  • Register of interests – Member of staff - Deputy Head Teacher

Di Brown – Co-Opted Governor

  • Appointed by Governing Body on 18.09.17 - 17.09.21
  • SEND Governor.
  • Register of interests - Previous temporary staff member

Laura Hartley – Staff Governor

  • Appointed by staff election  17.03.15 - 16.03.19
  • Member of the School Focus Committee.
  • Register of interests – Works in school as a Teaching Assistant. One child attends the school.

Lucy Taylor - Staff Governor

  • Appointed by staff election 01.06.17 - 31.05.21
  • Register of interests - Works in school as a Teacher.

Lorna Bate - Parent Governor

  • Appointed by parent election 18.09.17 - 17.09.21
  • Link Governor
  • Register of interests - Two children attend the school

 

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

  • Member of the School Focus Committee. Voting rights not assigned
  • Link Governor for Health & Safety
  • Register of interests: Partner Mrs Heather Fellows Clerk to Governors and School Business Manager. Works for Place Partnership Property Services.

Mrs Karen Appleby – Co-Opted Governor 17.03.15 - 30.10.17

  • Appointed by the Governing Body 
  • Link, Safeguarding, Looked-after children and Curriculum Governor.
  • Register of interests - None declared

Helen Ciancio – Parent Governor 16.03.15 - 19.02.18

  • Appointed by parent election 
  • Member of the School Focus Committee.
  • Register of interests - two children attend the school.

Suzanne Paul - Co-Opted Governor

  • Appointed by the Governing body 01.07.17 - 31.07.18
  • Register of interests - Previous staff member

 

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

Governor Responsibilities

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:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

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:

  • Performance manage the Headteacher rigorously
  • Understand the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of pupils currently in the school
  • Ensure that assessment information from leaders provides governors with sufficient and accurate information to ask probing questions about outcomes for pupils
  • Ensure that the school’s finances are properly managed and can evaluate how the school is using the Pupil Premium
  • Are transparent and accountable, including the recruitment of staff, governance structures, attendance at meetings and contact with parents

OFSTED Common Inspection Framework 2015

 

Documents/Paperwork

  • Each governor should keep this Handbook electronically. Updates will be circulated periodically.
  • The Governing Body conducts the majority of its correspondence between meetings electronically. Documents will be shared by email initially, although hard copies will also be available in school.
  • There is a Governor Pigeon Hole located in the school office for correspondence.

 

Meetings

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.

 

Safeguarding

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.

 

Training

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.

Picture 1 Naomi Christelow - Though I am now retired I spent my working life in education, as a primary teacher, an advisory teacher working in schools and colleges and at the end of my career as a head teacher. My main interest has always been in the early years though I have taught older children and worked in High and Middle Schools. My advisory work was concerned with Equality of Opportunity and for several years I ran the Multicultural Resources Unit in Redditch leading courses for teaching staff. I was a Governor in a High School for a number of years before joining the Governing Body at Dines Green. Throughout my career and as a volunteer I have always set myself high standards. I have two daughters and two grandchildren who I love to be with and with whom I enjoy reading books, playing games, gardening and having fun outdoors. I am an active member of the Droitwich, Worcestershire Wildlife local group helping to organise our programme of meetings.
Picture 2 Sharon Tilki - I am married with one daughter in KS2 and a former pupil of Dines Green School. As a self-employed dance teacher I have worked in TV and theatre, schools and colleges and trained competition dancers as well as community classes. I have choreographed and instructed the winners of Strictly Worcestershire for the past 3 years. I also have various other business ventures in retail, property and events. In 2016 I won the One Woman Business Category in Wonderful Worcestershire Women Awards. I am determined and considered to have a measured but clever approach to business. These varying people and business skills I bring to my role as a Governor. I am passionate about our school and the community and continually strive for the best education and opportunities for our children, staff and school as a whole.
Picture 3 Julia Williams - I am very proud to be a member of Dines Green governing body, striving to help the school to become the best that it can be and to raise the achievement of all its pupils so that they can confidently move onto the next stage of their education. My motive for becoming a school governor was to give something back to both the school and the community and to contribute some of my own work experience to the governing body. Currently a property developer, my career has varied over the years from education to business. As a previous head teacher I am able to utilise my experience of working with schools and support Dines Green School with a range of skills. Married with two boys I thrive on giving back to the community. I am therefore involved in a number of community and charity initiatives which includes spear-heading a project to mentor underachieving children in inner city schools, working as an independent foster panel member, being the Co-Founder of the Wonderful Worcestershire Awards, Executive Producer of Strictly Worcestershire and one of the Directors for Worcestershire Ambassadors.
Picture 4 Di Brown - Originally from Birmingham, I came to Worcester to train as a teacher. After qualifying I settled in Worcestershire. I taught in a number of high schools in the county before having my family. When I returned to teaching I spent the next 23 years of my career teaching in Local Authority learning support teams. 20 of these years were spent as the designated support teacher for Dines Green Primary School, and throughout these years I developed a close relationship with the school. I continue to have an interest in SEN and since my retirement I voluntarily support at Worcester Dyslexia Parents Support Group. I am SEND governor and also a member of the Curriculum group and Complaints Committee.
Picture 5 Lorna Bate - I have two children at the school in Year 1 and Year 3. This has encouraged my passion for the school and the children who attend Dines Green School. I have volunteered with CASPA since 2012 and I am currently Chairperson which I thoroughly enjoy as well as volunteering in the school in the past. I have experience in childcare, Management and Recruitment and a Degree in Health and Social Care in which I specialised in Social Policy and Legislation. In the past I have volunteered for Home Start, Citizens Advice, DG Den and Manor Park Church’s Holiday Bible Club.
Picture 6 Tracy Lowe - I am a local Family Solicitor with my own practice in Worcester which specialises in family law. I am married with one son and 3 step sons, who have been in my life for a very long time. I am Chairman of my Community Association and a local Parish councillor and I am involved in charity events and organising events which raise money whilst having fun at the same time. I believe that children are at the heart of every community and I am privileged to be a governor of Dines Green Primary School. Education provides children with many windows of opportunity as they grow up. For me, growing up, school was a very happy time of my life. I have worked with children over many years. I believe that I am firm but fair person, decisive but compassionate. I enjoy life with my husband and family, the theatre, music, dancing and having fun.
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