Our governing body is made up of parents, staff and community members who all volunteer their time. The governing body is responsible for overseeing the strategic running of the school. This means we review and approve policies for various areas of school life, agree budgets and keep an eye on finances across the year. We discuss and vote on major strategic decisions, for example we agreed the new school nursery should be run by the school. The governing body is not involved in the day to day running of the school – that is the job of qualified staff.
Please see table below for statutory information that we are required to publish regarding the governing body.
|Name||Representing||Term of Office |
|Term of Office |
|Committee Membership||Link Roles||Register|
|Mrs Rachel Brannan||Head Teacher||01/04/2021||ongoing||Finance|
First / Pay Review
|Dr Jennifer Search - Chair||Co-opted||6/10/2020||19/9/2024||Finance|
First / Pay Review
|Chair of Governors|
KS2 Achievement and Standards
|Mr Rory Whaling - Vice Chair||Parent||03/05/2018||02/07/2022||Finance |
|Dr Kate Garbash||Parent||01/12/2016||19/9/2024||SMSC (Chair)|
|Mr Darren Knowd||Co-opted||23/03/2017||22/03/2021||Finance|
|County Council Employee||Married to Lisa Knowd|
|Mrs Nicola Oxnard||Co-opted||18/10/2019||31/8/2023||SMSC||-||None||Staff|
|Mrs Claire Bovill||Staff||18/10/2019||17/10/2023||Curriculum||-||Staff|
|Mrs Sophie Herd||Parent||21/03/2019||20/03/2023||Finance|
First / Pay Review
Health & Safety
|Cllr Elizabeth Brown||Local|
|Mrs Lynsey Finnemore||Co-opted||25/04/2019||02/07/2022||SMSC|
|Mrs Leona Morgan||Co-opted||19/03/2019||18/03/2023||First / Pay Review|
|Foreign Languages (tbc)||None|
Find out more about our Governors on our Meet the Governors page
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Neville’s Cross Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information please view or download the full document below.
Governor Information (downloads)
Please click below for further statutory information that all schools are required to publish regarding their governing body.
How To Become A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
Schools are required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year.
✓ – Attended meeting
Apologies – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N – Did not attend
– – Not a member of the committee
Record of Attendance 2020-2021
Record of Attendance 2020/2021
|Mrs Ferguson||Dr Search||Cllr Brown||Mrs Finnemore||Dr Garbash||Mrs Herd||Mr Knowd||Ms Morgan||Mrs Oxnard||Mr Whaling||Mrs Bovill|
15th Sept 2020
22nd Sept 2020
|Safeguarding Training |
5th Oct 2020
|Full Governing Body Meeting|
14th Oct 2020
20th Oct 2020
You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
Committee Terms of Reference
The governing body meets every half term to discuss key issues and are updated by the County Council of any new advice or legislation that we need to be aware of. We also meet as smaller sub-committees where we look at specific areas of the school such as finances, the school’s results and the progress children are making (as a whole group) as well as non-academic (social) development of the children. These subcommittees report back to the full governing body. We look at what the school is doing to improve, what impact it has on children’s progress and make sure money is well spent.
We try to make sure our discussions are well informed and balanced and we have the interests of the children at the core of all our decision making.
Finance and Premises Committee
Terms of Reference:
- In conjunction with the Headteacher to draft the first formal budget plan of the financial year, for approval by the full Governing Body.
- To establish and maintain an up to date 3 year financial plan.
- To monitor income and expenditure, including virement decisions, significant anomalies from the anticipated position and report termly to the Governing Body.
- To ensure the school operates within the financial regulations of the County Council and the requirements of the DfE School Financial Value Standard.
- To monitor expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body.
- To annually review charges and remissions policies and expenses policies.
- To make decisions in respect of service level agreements.
- To make decisions on expenditure following recommendations from other committees.
- To prepare financial statements for inclusion in any reports to parents.
- To ensure as far as is practical that any Health and Safety (H&S) issues are appropriately funded in accordance with priorities.
- To ensure that Pay Review Committee and Pay Appeal Committee decisions are appropriately funded.
Meetings: termly, or each half term, planned to coincide with Oracle.
Disqualifications: when there may be a conflict of interest; a fair hearing is required; or a pecuniary interest. Associate members may not vote.
Terms of reference:
- To consider any appeal against a decision to dismiss a member of staff made by the First/Pay Review Committee (or Headteacher if delegated)
- To consider any appeal against a decision under the personnel procedures adopted by the Governing Body (eg. Disciplinary, pay review, capability for teachers etc.)
- To consider any appeal against selection for redundancy.
Meetings: as and when required. Must have no fewer members than the Hearing.
Disqualifications: Headteacher. Any Governor who was involved in the hearing Spouse/partner
Pay Review/First Committee
Terms of reference:
- To act in accordance with the Teachers’ Pay Policy adopted by the Governing Body
- To report to the Finance Committee on Pay Review-related expenditure To oversee the appointment procedure for all staff.
- To establish and review a performance management policy for all staff.
- Ensure the staffing structure is implemented in line with budget constraints and appropriate human resource policies and procedures.
- To oversee the appointment procedure for all staff.
- To make any decisions under the personnel procedures adopted by the Governing body, eg disciplinary, grievance, ill health, capability etc where the Headteacher is the subject of the action.
- To make decisions relating to a member of staff (other than the Headteacher) under the personnel procedures, adopted by the Governing Body (unless delegated to the Headteacher)
- Ensure the staffing structure is implemented in line with budget constraints and appropriate Human Resources policies and procedures
Meetings: 2/3 per year with additional meetings to be arranged when the need arises. Pecuniary interest.
Delegation to the Headteacher
School Staffing (England) Regulations 2003.
Appointment: The Governing Body can delegate the power to appoint outside the leadership group to:
- The Headteacher
Delegate to the Headteacher as above for:
- Permanent teaching staff posts
- Permanent support staff posts
- Temporary staff.
The dismissal of staff will be the responsibility of the Pay Review / First Committee.
Disqualifications: School staff if a declaration of interest is present. Pecuniary interest The Headteacher, the Chair of Governors (if he/she has prior knowledge or involvement) spouse/partner
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Committee (SMSC)
- To report back to the Governing Body issues regarding children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSC).
- To monitor and review attendance
- To monitor, review and develop school improvement plan priorities associated with behaviour and SMSC.
- To monitor and review community links ensuring they reflect the demographic of the school population.
- To monitor racist incidents, bullying and behaviour
- To monitor equality policies and monitor and review provision for different groups of pupils
- To monitor and review safeguarding policies and procedures.
- To review pupil and parent voice
- To monitor the school’s promotion of British Values
- To monitor the provision of Relationships and Sex Education
- To keep under review work/life balance, working conditions and well being, including the monitoring of absence.
- To monitor pupil exclusions.
- Review online safety policies and procedures for all stakeholders.
Meetings: termly before each full Governing Body meeting.
Meetings: At least 2 per year.
Virement & Expenditure Limits
|Virement Limits||Expenditure Limits|
|Limit set for Headteacher without|
prior written approval of Chair or
|£1,000||Any items of expenditure up to||£5,000|
|Limit set for Headteacher with|
approval from Chair of Governors
|£5,000||Above this limit if item was previously
notified to the Governing Body.
Prior Governing Body approval to be
sought outside of this limit.
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