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Governance Statement

VICTORIA PARK JUNIOR SCHOOL
TRAFFORD SCHOOL

1      BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Governor Name Type of Governor Current Term of Office Started Appointed By Position  Term of Office Current Term of Office Expires

Akilah Akinola

Co-Opted 05/12/2020 Governing Board Governor 4 years 04/12/2024
Sarah Baker Co-Opted 22/01/2024 Governing Board Chair of Governors 4 years 21/01/2028
Lauren Biddulph Associate Member 01/09/2022 - Assistant Headteacher - -

Stanislav Lipnitski

Co-Opted 22/01/2024 Governing Board Governor 4 years 21/01/2028
Hannah Holmes Staff 18/06/2021 School Staff Teacher 4 years 17/06/2025
Mike Holstein Associate Member 01/09/2022 - Assistant Headteacher - -
Lauren Kelly Parent 17/11/2021 Parents/Carers Chair of Resources 4 years 16/11/2025
Kate Harding Parent 01/02/2023 Governing Board due to no election candidates Vice Chair of Governors 4 years 31/01/2027

Hayley Ross

Co-Opted 23/03/2024 Governing Board Governor 4 years 22/03/2028
Cllr. Tom Ross Local Authority

20/01/2024

Nominated by LA, appointed by Governing Board Governor 4 years 19/01/2028
Mel Tidman Associate Member 01/09/2020 - Deputy Headteacher - -

Karen Welsh

Co-Opted 22/01/2024 Governing Board Governor 4 years 21/01/2028
James Wilkinson Headteacher 01/09/2020 Ex-Officio Headteacher - -

2      CLERK TO GOVERNORS

Trust Governor Services, 28-32 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, WA14 1RZ.

Contact: 0161 348 7188 or enquires@trustgs.co.uk

3      COMMITTEES

Resources Committee

Pay Committee

Lauren Kelly (Chair of Resources Committee)

Sarah Baker (Chair of Governors)
Cllr. Tom Ross

Cllr. Tom Ross

Sarah Baker (Chair of Governors)

Hayley Ross

Karen Welsh

 

Hayley Ross

 

Kate Harding (Vice Chair of Governors)

 

James Wilkinson

 

Stan Lipnitski

 

Mel Tidman*

 

Kath Dyson (clerk only)

 

*Associate members of the governing board.

Remits for the Committees are available on request from the School.

4      CHAIR'S STATEMENT - Sarah Baker (Chair of Governors)

I have been a Governor at Victoria Park Junior School since April 2024 and being appointed to the position of Chair in January 2024 is a huge privilege and source of pride. 

Our school has a strong set of positive values, embodied by everyone in school including governors, staff and children. These underpin our teaching and learning as well as supporting children to become happy, healthy and effective citizens who develop a life-long love of learning.

We are an active Governing Body with a diverse set of skills and experience and we help to develop the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.  We work closely with staff so that we have a good understanding of all the school, including all subjects. We do this through discussing their subject development plans and also play the role of 'critical friend'  - challenging where necessary. There are also numerous opportunities to participate in school life, including attending the many wonderful events and performances.

With our values remaining at the heart of our school, our priorities continue to be supporting our staff, parents/carers and children, reflecting on what we are doing well, current issues in education and where we can improve our already good school.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a Governor and what it involves, please get in touch with me or one of our other Governors.

5      REGISTER OF INTERESTS - ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024

Governor Name

Business interests

Other positions of influence

Relationships with staff / governors

Date

 

Akilah Akinola

 

None

None

None

11/09/2023

 

Sarah Baker

 

None

None

Parent

11/09/2023

 

Lauren Biddulph

 

None

None

Assistant Headteacher

12/09/2023

 

Kate Harding

 

None

Treasurer of VPIS PFTA

Parent

11/09/2023

 

Hannah Holmes

 

None

None

Teacher

04/12/2023

 

Mike Holstein

 

None

None

Assistant Headteacher

12/09/2023

 

Lauren Kelly

 

None

Chair of FAF!

Parent

11/09/2023

 

Stanislav Lipnitski

 

None

None

Parent

14/02/2024

 

Hayley Ross

 

None

None

Sister-in-law to Tom Ross

11/09/2023

Cllr. Tom Ross

Leader of Trafford Council

Trustee of Homestart Salford, Wigan & Trafford;

Committee Member of Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Brother-in-law to Hayley Ross

15/09/2023

 

Karen Welsh

 

None

None

Parent

 

27/09/2023

 

 

Mel Tidman

 

None

None

Deputy Headteacher

15/09/2023

 

James Wilkinson

 

None

None

Headteacher

 

11/09/2023

6     CALENDAR OF MEETINGS - ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024

To be held at Victoria Park Junior School at 5pm, unless otherwise stated.

Term Full Governing Board Meeting Resources Committee
Autumn

Monday 11th September 2023

 

Monday 9th October 2023

 

Monday 4th December 2023

Wednesday 18th October 2023
Spring

Monday 22nd January 2024

 

Wednesday 20th March 2024

Wednesday 7th February 2024
Summer

Wednesday 8th May 2024

 

Monday 24th June 2024 at 4pm

Wednesday 12th June 2024

7      GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024

 

GB

GB

R

GB

GB

R

GB

GB

R

GB

Governor

11/9/23

9/10/23

18/10/23

4/12/23

22/1/24

7/2/24

20/3/24

8/5/24

12/6/24

24/6/24

Akilah Akinola

Y

N

-

N

Y

-

 

 

-

 

Sarah Baker

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

 

 

 

 

Nahida Fardous

N

N

N

N

-

-

-

-

-

-

Kate Harding

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Hannah Holmes

N

N

-

N

Y

-

 

 

-

 

Simon Howarth

N

N

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Lauren Kelly

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Stan Lipnitski

- - - - Y N        

Hayley Ross

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

 

 

 

 

Cllr. Tom Ross

N

N

Y

Y

N

Y

 

 

 

 

Karen Welsh

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

 

 

 

 

James Wilkinson

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

GB = Full Governing Board, R = Resources Committee

Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted, NS = No Apologies Sent, - = Not Applicable

GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE PREVIOUS ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-2023

 

GB

R

C&W

GB

GB

R

C&W

GB

C&W

R

GB

Governor

28/9/22

19/10/22

21/11/22

12/12/22

23/1/23

8/2/23

15/3/23

24/4/23

24/5/23

14/6/23

26/6/23

Akilah Akinola

N

-

Y

Y

N

-

N

Y

Y

-

N

Sarah Baker

- - - - - - - Y Y N Y

Nahida Fardous

Y

-

Y

Y

N

-

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Kate Harding

-

-

-

-

-

-

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Sarah Haughey

N

N

-

Y

N

N

-

Y

-

-

-

Hannah Holmes

Y

-

Y

Y

N

-

N

N

N

-

N

Simon Howarth

Y

-

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

N

-

N

Lauren Kelly

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y N Y Y

John Muyita

NS

NS

-

NS

Y

-

-

- - - -

Cllr. Tom Ross

Y

Y

-

Y

Y

N

-

Y

-

Y

Y

Hayley Ross

N

N

-

N

Y

N

-

N

-

N

N

Karen Welsh

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

James Wilkinson

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

GB = Full Governing Board, R = Resources Committee, C&W = Curriculum & Well-Being Committee

Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted, NS = No Apologies Sent, - = Not Applicable

Previous years attendance records are available on request from the school.