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Our Governors

  • Chair of Governors - Nikki Brownbridge
  • Headteacher - Jayne Allton
  • Staff Governor - Amy Coleman
  • Co-Opted Governor - Brian Marshall
  • Co-Opted Governor - Alex Niejs
  • Local Authority Governor - Mary Dooley
  • Parent Governor - Lauren Dooley

Register of Business Interests for the Governors of Pinxton Nursery School (Maintained) 2021-2022

Governor Name

 

Governor Category

Term of Office Expiry

Nature of Business/Personal Interest

 

Mary Dooley

Local Authority

17.04.2022

Pinxton Parish Councillor

Related to a Deputy Nursery Nurse employed by Pinxton CIC Nursery School

 

Alex Neijs

Co-opted

02.04.2023

No business interest declared

 

Brian Marshall

Co-opted

03.11.2023

Related by marriage to a Nursery Nurse employed by Pinxton Nursery School (Maintained)

Pinxton Parish Councillor

 

Jayne Allton

Headteacher

n/a

Headteacher of Pinxton Nursery School (Maintained) and Managing Director of Pinxton Community Interest Company (CIC)

Related to Midday Supervisor (mother/son)

 

Nikki Brownbridge

Parent

24.02.2023

No business interest declared

 

Lauren Bilku-Smith

Parent

18.09.2023

Related to LA Governor, employee as Nursery Nurse at Pinxton CIC

 

Amy Coleman

Staff

31.08.2023

Related to the accountant (daughter/father) of the accountancy firm who audit Pinxton CIC Nursery accounts and the private school fund of the Maintained Nursery School

 

September 2021

 

 

Pinxton Nursery School (Maintained) Governing Body

All state maintained schools in England have a Governing Body, which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions and ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

Governing Body meetings

The Governing Body has five Governing Body meetings per academic year to meet and review the progress of the nursery school. 

Governing Body meetings for the 2021/22 academic year are on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 22nd September 2021
  • Wednesday 24th November 2021
  • Wednesday 9th February 2022
  • Wednesday 4th May 2022
  • Wednesday 29th June 2022

Governing Body committees

The Governing Body also has Committees to deal with specific details of governing the school.  These committees report to the Governing Body meetings.  The committees and their remits for review and challenge are as follows:

  • Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC)- Key focus of the committee: -to monitor progress, pupil performance and other key improvement issues in the School Improvement Plan.
  • Resource Management Committee (RM)– Key focus of the committee: - to determine, approve and monitor the school’s budget, budgetary systems and allocation of resources, including personnel, pay, premises, strategy, health and safety and security responsibilities.
  • Headteacher Performance Management Committee (HTPM) - key focus to meet with the Headteacher and an External Advisor to undertake an appraisal of the Headteacher’s performance against previously agreed performance objectives. Agree objectives for the forthcoming Appraisal Cycle relating to Leadership and Management, Attainment and Progress and Teaching and Learning.
  • Pay Committee
  • Pay Appeal Committee

 

 

Link Governors

A number of governors are also ‘Link’ Governors with responsibilities to review curriculum and other areas of the school’s role.  Each named governor meets the teacher in school who is responsible for that area.

Governing Body Information

In September 2015, the governing body reconstituted under ‘The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012’.   The standard term of office for a governor is four years (one year for parent governors). The chair and vice-chair are usually elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Nikki Brownbridge who can be contacted via the school.

The Vice-Chair of Governors is Alexandra Neijs

The Governing body is made up of seven governors divided into five governor categories:

Category of Governor

Headteacher (1)

Name

Mrs Jayne Allton

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

Whilst in post as Headteacher

Governor Committees served on:

Resource Management & Teaching and Learning

Responsibilities on governing body

Headteacher

Relevant Business Interests

Pinxton Community Interest Group (CIC) Nursery School – Managing Director

Governor for other educational establishments

None declared

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Related to Midday Supervisor, Harry Allton (mother/son).

 

Category of Governor

Co-opted Governor (2)

Name

Brian Marshall

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

18.09.2019 – 03.11.2023

Governor Committees served on:

Teaching and Learning

Headteacher Performance Management

Responsibilities on governing body

Health & Safety link governor

Relevant Business Interests

Pinxton Parish Councillor

Governor for other educational establishments

None declared

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Related by marriage to a Nursery Nurse employed by Pinxton Nursery School (Maintained)

 

 

 

 

Name

Alexandra Neijs

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

03.04.2019 – 02.04.2023

Governor Committees served on:

Teaching and Learning & Resource Management

Responsibilities on governing body

Vice-Chair & link governor for Achievement of Children/Data, Finance & GDPR

Relevant Business Interests

None declared

 

Governor for other educational establishments

None declared

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None declared

Category of Governor

Staff Governor (1)

Name

Amy Coleman

Appointed by

Elected by staff members

Term of office

01.09.2019 – 31.08.2023

Governor Committees served on:

Resource Management (Chair)

Responsibilities on governing body

Update school website

Relevant Business Interests

Related to David Coleman (daughter/father) accountant who audits the CIC and private school accounts

Governor for other educational establishments

None declared

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Employee of the school

 

Category of Governor

Local Authority Governor (1)

Name

Mary Dooley

Appointed by

Local Authority

Term of office

18.04.2018 – 17.04.2022

Governor Committees served on:

Teaching & Learning

Responsibilities on governing body

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs & Disability & Pupil Premium & Looked after Children

Relevant Business Interests

Pinxton Parish Councillor

 

Governor for other educational establishments

None declared

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Related to a Deputy Nursery Nurse employed by Pinxton CIC

 

 

 

Category of Governor

Parent Governors (2)

Name

Nikki Brownbridge

Appointed by

Elected by Parents

Term of office

23.02.2019 - 24.02.2023

Governor Committees served on:

Teaching and Learning, Resource Management & HT Performance Management

Responsibilities on governing body

Chair of governors and link governor for safeguarding & Anti-Bullying         

Relevant Business Interests

None declared

 

Governor for other educational establishments

None declared

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Parent of a child in school

 

Name

Lauren Bilkhu-Smith

Appointed by

Elected by Parents

Term of office

19.09.2019 - 18.09.2023

Governor Committees served on:

Teaching and Learning

Responsibilities on governing body

Link governor for EYFS

Relevant Business Interests

None declared

 

Governor for other educational establishments

None declared

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Related to LA Governor (Granddaughter/Grandmother)

Employee of Pinxton CIC

 

Governor Resignations

Date of Resignation

Julie Bullimore (Co-opted Governor)

6th July 2018

Andrew Jenner-Dyer

19th June 2019

Michael (Stan) Fox

1st July 2021

 

 

The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Kim Meakin.


 

 

 

Governor Attendance to full Governor meetings 2020-2021

 

 

23.09.20

(Virtual due to COVID)

18.11.20

(Virtual due to COVID)

05.01.21

(Emergency COVID meeting – virtual)

10.02.20

(Virtual due to COVID)

21.04.21

(Virtual due to COVID)

30.06.21

(Virtual due to COVID)

Jayne Allton

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Brian Marshall

ü

ü

x

x

ü

ü

Nikki Brownbridge

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

x

Alexandra Neijs

ü

x

x

x

x

ü

Mary Dooley

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Amy Coleman

ü

ü

 

ü

ü

ü

Michael (Stan) Fox

x

ü

x

x

ü

x

Lauren Bilkhu-Smith

 

x

ü

x

x

ü

ü

 

 

No committee meetings were held during the academic year 2020-2021 due to COVID. 

GOVERNOR IMPACT STATEMENT 2020/21

 

At Pinxton Nursery School our Governing body aims to provide high standards of practice. In order to do this, we focus on our key responsibilities.

We ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. As a governing body we are involved in the school improvement plan meeting regularly to focus on key issues. We hold the head teacher to account for achievement of children and performance of staff. We also oversee the school budget, financial performance and pupil premium.

During the academic year 20/21 nursery faced another lockdown and still remained open for all children. Despite the challenges, nursery was able to give the children some routine and familiarity. As governors we were unable to do our usual visits and adapted to online meetings and updates. The school improvement plan remained in place and nursery was able to;

  • Develop opportunities and raise standards in reading. Staff were able to be trained on tales tool kit which, was a fantastic opportunity that is now being introduced through nursery.
  • To develop high quality opportunities for language and communication. To do this early intervention is in place to support those who may need help with speech and language. Also staff member is learning to become a mentor in the communication and language programme.
  • To develop children’s and staff emotional, mental and physical well being. As this past year has been very turbulent it was important to ensure that all in the nursery community were supported. Children were identified early and support was put into place, the family services were invaluable through this time. The sensory area was developed and books on various emotions were introduced. Staff were also able to have a wellbeing course which was very positive. 

Going into a new academic year we are looking ahead to the future. Governors are looking forward to being more physically present in nursery and meeting with families. The current priorities of the nursery are

  • To implement the new EYFS into school. As governors we will visit nursery to see the development of this new structure throughout the year and scrutinise data within our teaching and learning committee.
  • To develop high quality opportunities for language, communication and mathematics. We will ensure consistency with learning observations, data scrutiny and regular updates from nursery teacher.
  • Life after the pandemic. As governors we will continue to support our headteacher with the impact covid had within our local community. The emotional and mental wellbeing of children, families and staff is priority. We will ensure safeguarding, support and routine.

 

We feel very proud of Pinxton Nursery and all it has achieved over the last year, despite the pandemic. The headteacher and staff have encouraged children with independence, strength and adaptability. Creating a warm and caring hub at the heart of the community. As a school we will continue to improve and strive to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone.

All details about our Governing body can be found on our website.

Nikki Brownbridge

Chair of Governors

 

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