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 committee, with the minutes available on request to the school. In 2016 Governor attendance at meetings exceeded 85%. 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 – Paul Randall
- Health and Safety – David Stevenson
- PE and Sports Premium – Alex Lloyd
- Pupil Premium and SEND – Elliott Woolley
- Performance in English – Alex Lloyd
- Performance in Maths - Michelle Dilks
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: Paul Randall, Local Authority Governor. Date of appointment 14.03.16. Term of office: 4 years
Paul joined the Governors in March 2016, bringing with him almost 20 years of business experience including recent roles in business development, marketing and strategy. Paul was elected to the Chair in 2017 and is very keen to contribute to the development of the school and can be contacted through the school office.
Head Teacher: Mrs Kathryn McKinley
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!
Mr Alexander Lloyd, Co-opted governor. Date of appointment 18.07.19. Term of office: 4 years
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.
Miss Stacey Henshaw, Teacher governor. Date of appointment 19.9.19. Term of office: 4 years
Mr David Stevenson, Parent governor
Mrs Lisa Green, Co-opted governor
Lisa is very new to the role of school governor, joining Ladycross in September 2020. Lisa's background is in special educational needs, having worked in a school office for 15 years. Lisa is keen to help maintain the excellent standards at Ladycross school making decisions that are solely for the benefit of the children and the school.
Mr Tony Atkin, Co-opted governor
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 Nursey and infant years are where the seed of success is sown and nurtured. He has one granddaughter in infants and one due to join in Sept 2022. 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.
Vacancy, Parent governor
Please direct any expression of interest to the chair of governors at the email address detailed above.
Governors stepping down in the previous 12 months:
Emma Limbrick, Parent Governor, stepped down 21.11.19
Michelle Dilks, Parent Governor
Impact of School Governors 2012-2020
Governor Lunches with the Children
Governors have enjoyed lunch with the children on several occasions, it is wonderful to talk to the children whilst enjoying a meal. Their individual personalities shine out when asked their opinions on – for example the quality of dinners, which sports they like to play, do they feel safe at school etc. Their responses have enabled us to understand the pupils’ view of PE funding, safeguarding and the developing links with Cloudside Junior School.
Developing links with Cloudside Junior School.
Ladycross Governors established a Joint Committee with Cloudside Junior and is currently engaged in a stakeholder consultation to help both schools develop a coherent strategy for the young children of Sandiacre.
Over the past few years governors have developed a staffing strategy with the SLT that includes the recruitment and mentorship of newly qualified teachers. In 2020 governors appointed a new Head Teacher.
Changes in school roll-call (increase of 20% over the past 5 years) have put intensive pressure on the school’s infrastructure. Governors have responded by working with the School business manager to enable to replacement of all children’s toilets through the school and its nursery, the replacement of the kitchen to be able to provide over 200 hot meals a day as part of the Government’s universal infant free school meals programme, and the provision of a new classroom for reception year children. In 2017 Governors were able to help the school adapt the space previously occupied by a Surestart centre to create an Early Years specialists development centre.
Wrap-around care and school meal provision
Governors were active in setting up a wrap-around care scheme (Ladycross Owls, which operates at 100% capacity) and were involved in the decision to outsource school meals provision to improve quality and choice, whilst ensuring value for money.
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