The governors at Ladycross play a very important role in school. There are parent, co-opted and local authority governors. They are all volunteers, but they make a real difference.
Governors work with schools to:
- Raise standards, achieve good pupil behaviour, ensure safeguarding and maintain high attendance
- Set the school’s strategy, policies and targets
- Decide how the school budget will be spent
- Ensure schools work with parents and the local community
The Governing Body meets every month as a single group rather than operating as committees. Committees are formed temporarily, as and when required, for example when supporting school in staff recruitment. Meeting minutes are available on request from the school office.
Our Governor profiles are listed below, and all the non-staff governors also have a special interest in one or more aspect of the school:
- Child Protection, Safeguarding, Anti-Bullying and Attendance – Tony Atkin and Wendy Box
- PE and Sports Premium – Alex Lloyd
- Pupil Premium and SEND – Emma Lowry
- English – Alex Lloyd
- Maths and Science - Nitu Manan
- PSHE - Wendy Box
- Parental Engagement and Early years - Beki Eaves
- RE - Tony Atkin
Governors meet with the Head or other Senior Leaders in-between formal meetings for discussions and updates on these special interests. We have an evidence file recording these meetings and showing how strong governance has a positive impact on the school. Governors do not need any qualifications, just experience of life, though governors may have qualifications and skills that they could bring to the role. Following appointment, governors are inducted and trained in their roles and attend further training to ensure they have the rights skills to help and challenge the school leaders. Being a governor can be challenging and requires commitment of time and energy, but it is also extremely rewarding and satisfying role.
If you wish to contact the chair of Governors at Ladycross, the email is email@example.com
Chair person: Mr Tony Atkin, Co-opted governor. Term of office: 18.03.2021 to 17.03 2025
Tony has lived in Sandiacre for over 15 years and his children have all grown up locally. He brings to the Governing Body, knowledge from running his own business, previous employment and life experience. Tony wishes the school and it's pupils to succeed and believes early Nursery and infant years are where the seed of success is sown and nurtured. He has one granddaughter in infants and one in nursery. Tony's wish is to help the school and it's pupils to succeed to the best of their abilities and to support school in striving for greatness.
Vice chair: Mr Alexander Lloyd, Co-opted governor. Term of office: 18.07.19 to 17.07.23
Alex joined the Governors in July 2019 and hopes to be able to contribute to the Governing Body by utilising experience in his vocation as an engineer/project manager, specifically in aspects such as managing budgets, stakeholder management and strategy. Alex is passionate in helping to provide the very best learning experience for the young people of Ladycross by giving constructive challenge and offering support where required.
Head Teacher: Mrs Kathryn McKinley. Joined Ladycross school and Governing Body April 2020
As headteacher of Ladycross Infant and Nursery School, Kathryn is extremely proud to be able to play a key role in maintaining and developing the excellent reputation that the school has amongst the local community. Ladycross has a superb and highly committed team of governors and an extremely enthusiastic, hardworking, dynamic and talented group of staff. We all share a common vision to set goals for the school’s future and so it is a real privilege to be able to work together to help our school move forward and provide the best that we can for our children.
Dee has spent 40 years working in the education sector, starting as a secondary school history teacher before joining the middle and then senior leadership teams in schools from Portsmouth, through London, to Lincolnshire and ending in Rotherham. Dee moved from the ‘chalk face’ to working in Local Authorities and enjoyed the challenge of working with a number of schools. Initially as an Area Education Officer in Nottinghamshire, Dee worked across all aspects of running a school from the curriculum, to HR issues, to Governor Training and support, to the introduction of Local Management of Schools (LMS) and the need to develop financial expertise in Head Teachers and their SLT – fast! The challenge and the variety were exciting and rewarding. After a side-step into working for the Derbyshire Constabulary, for Education Welfare and for a Diocesan Education Board, Dee returned to Derbyshire Local Authority as a senior officer responsible for planning school provision across the County. The role covered everything from planning and designing new schools, to supporting and developing provision at others, to the toughest of decisions – school closure. When Dee retired, she felt that she still had a lot of knowledge and experience to give back and hence – the Clerk to Governors in this lovely school and yet another super team of people with whom she enjoys working immensely!
Miss Beki Eaves, Staff governor. Term of office: 17.6.22 to 16.2.26
Beki is very pleased to be part of our school’s Governing Board and is committed to making a difference to children’s lives through excellent education. Beki joined Ladycross Infant School Nursery as a teaching assistant in 2014. Since then she has also worked in reception and year one classes. Her support for pupils with SEND has afforded her the opportunities to work extensively with outside agencies and she is very aware of the difficulties families in our community face on a daily basis. She also able to celebrate with children and parents in their progress and achievements.
Mrs Nitu Manan, Parent Governor. Term of office: 25.02.2021 to 24.02.2025
Nitu is a new member of the governing body having joined in April 2021. She has worked in the education sector as a secondary school teacher for over 10 years and is passionate about teaching and learning. Nitu is keen to support the school to further the progress of pupils, input into policy making and network other local schools to ensure pupils at Ladycross continue to have the best learning experience.
Ms Emma Lowry, Parent Governor. Term of office: 15.12.21 to 16.12.25
Emma joined as a parent governor in October 2021. She lives in Sandiacre and is a mother of two young children, including a son who attends Ladycross. Emma has 21 years’ experience in communications, with specific skills in story-telling, strategy-setting and relationship management. She hopes to find new ways to increase meaningful engagement between parents and the school, and to help Ladycross deliver an outstanding learning experience to all its pupils.
Mrs Wendy Box, Parent Governor. Term of office: 17.3.22 to 16.3.26
Wendy is a qualified and experienced Design Technology teacher who has stepped back from school life to pursue a career in Design Engineering. Wendy believes that school should be a place where children come to find their passion in life. Through the skills and interests of teachers, assistants, friends and the resources within the school, our children deserve to be supported to grow into the person they wish to be. As a parent governor she aims to represent fellow parent’s concerns, frustrations, hopes and aspirations for their children’s education and care during their time at Ladycross Infant School. She understands from past experience some of the complexities that arise from safeguarding children and hopes to improve the outstanding emotional support that our children already receive.
Governors stepped down in the previous 12 months:
Paul Randall - Stepped down in Oct 2021
Lisa Green - Stepped down in Nov 2021
David Stevenson = Stepped down in Nov 2021
Mark Macmillan - Stepped down in June 2022
Elliott Woolley - Stepped down in September 2022
Ladycross Infant and Nursery School Mission and Objectives
Ladycross Governor's Mission Statement:
The Governing Body strives to create a solid and diverse body of governors, allowing the best chance to both support and provide constructive challenge to the school and its leadership. It will continue to challenge the Head Teacher to ensure continuous improvement and will regularly review the financial management of the school.
Governors shall ensure meetings are held in a professional manner and promote open debate. The views of all meeting attendees and that of parents or staff shall always be respected and listened to.
In line with a goal of the school with respect to improving parental engagement, governors shall raise their visibility to parents and school staff by increasing the number of visits into school for curriculum and link-governor visits. Governors will utilise other opportunities to visit school such as during parents’ evenings, fund raising events and meeting both prospective parents and parents of new starters. Governors shall carefully listen to views from pupils, parents and school staff and use these to inform the longer-term school strategy.
On the basis that school can only add value to children when they are present, pupil attendance shall remain a primary concern for the Governing Board and regular updates from the Head Teacher shall be provided to governors, with improvement plans presented whenever attendance falls below the expected target.
Governors shall ensure that a rich and varied Curriculum is in place, which includes cultural awareness and diversity across all school years, and that a programme of development is in place to keep this up to date.
Governors not only want Ladycross to be a happy and fun place to learn and somewhere in which pupils excel, but also that Ladycross is the school of choice in the local area. Governors shall encourage staff to strengthen links between school and the wider community in which it serves, including other local schools.
Governors will hold the Head Teacher to account in respect of ensuring that parents are actively involved and knowledgeable about what their children are being taught.
Governors shall focus on stability and experience of school staff and challenge the school in both succession planning and business planning, aiming to future-proof future years budgets so far as is possible given annual projected pupil intake.
- Develop and implement a procedure (e.g. standardised proformas and timetable) for the auditing of subject leads two time per annum. Link governors to report back to board with summary report. (Oct 2022).
- Establish ongoing campaign for the recruitment and retention of governors, through skills gap analysis and by allocating specific responsibilities to build collegiality and reward (Nov 2022)
- Develop and maintain an annual plan for improved parental engagement by the governing board, which may include for example, attendance of governors at key events (i.e. parents evening, summer fayre, etc.), termly letter, contact email/online form. (Dec 2022)
- Development Pupil Projection Data is obtained by School Business Officer, presented and reviewed annually in March (March 2023)
- Board to review how and where Diversity and Inclusion and Cultural awareness is embedded in the curriculum throughout all school years. Effectiveness shall be judged via governor school visits (records of checks for this visible via completed governor visit proformas). (Dec 2022)
- Continuous checking of effective school policy to maximise pupil attendance. The Head Teacher will provide half termly data to governors and explain systems in place to achieve at least 95.5% pupil attendance (Dec 2022)
Impact of School Governors
Governor meetings have continued remotely throughout the pandemic and all governors are happy to be back to face to face meetings. Some of our newer Governors have not yet had the chance to visit school.
One of the main aims of the Governing Body at present is to develop the school Strategy.
Developing links with Cloudside Junior School
Ladycross Governors are looking to forge closer links with Cloudside Junior school and some meetings have already been held.
In 2020 governors appointed a new Head Teacher and were part of the panel that appointed a number of new members of staff in Summer 2021. In 2022 governors decided that the SLT would be strengthened by the appointment of a deputy headteacher and know that this stronger leadership structure will lead to improvements in the school.
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