Governors

Portfield Primary Academy is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). 

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation.  TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

Please click here to link to the Directors of the TKAT Board.           (http://www.tkat.org/96/meet-the-team)

Portfield Primary Academy Local Governing Body (LGB)

Mission Statement

Our Governing board will oversee the success of the school.

We will set the school vision; ethos; and detail the aims and objectives for the school;

  • We will agree the policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • We will agree the priorities and monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives by using agreed targets and timescales.
  • We will always endeavour to give constructive support and challenge to the school HT (be a critical friend), and to the SLT wherever and whenever we can to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability.
  • Above all we will ensure the safeguarding, inclusion and happiness of our young persons by setting the policies and standards ensuing their implementation, monitoring and inspection.
  • We will always recognise the role of the governing board is a strategic one, we will not run or manage the school – that is the job of our school’s staff.

 

Name

Type

Responsibility

Attendance %

Ac Yr 16-17

Geoff

Conway

Appointed

Executive Chair

of TKAT South

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Andrew

Strong

Staff

Headteacher

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Colin

Cross

Appointed

 

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Malcolm

Porter

Appointed

 

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Kim

Carter

Appointed

Community/Safeguarding Governor

100%

Declarations of Interest

Community and Family Outreach Worker - Swanfield Chapel (Evangelical)

Maureen

Hensman

Appointed Finance Governor

100%

Declarations of Interest

Governor at Chichester Nursery

James

Munt

Staff

Executive Headteacher

100%

Declarations of Interest

Executive Head at Front Lawn Primary Academy and Seal Primary Academy

Jenny

Buckley

Appointed   100%

Declarations of Interest

Headteacher at Chichester Nursery

Kate

Davies

Parent   100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Lisa

Gauntlett

Appointed   100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

 

Leavers in current and previous academic years

- Parent Governor: Laura Bradley

- Parent Governor - Neil Billingham

- Appointed Governor: Margaret Barrett 

- Appointed Governor: Yasmin Maskatiya 

- Appointed Governoe - Paul Johnson

Please see the section above for details or our current and recent LGB members.  If you wish to contact governors, please do so via the school contact details or at governors@portfield-tkat.org.

Structure

There are five meetings of the full Local Governing Body each academic year.  In addition to this, there is one committee who has delegated responsibility laid out in their terms of reference.

Please review the Scheme of Delegation

Finance Committee

To promote school improvement via financial control and responsibility by the following objectives:

  • To provide financial guidance to the GB, Head and other committees/governors with responsibilities
  • To review and monitor the financial policies operating within the school and ensure compliance with legal requirements
  • To act on the recommendations and requirements of financial audits carried out in the school
  • To review financial information from TKAT and the school records to monitor income and expenditure and to report to the GB on the financial health of the school
  • To agree the level of day-to-day financial management delegation to the HT
  • To ensure auditing of non-public funds
  • To consider the SIP and other relevant documentation in monitoring the appropriate allocation of funding in line with school priorities for improvement
  • To draw up the Annual Budget for approval by the GB
  • To advise on the determination of available funding for staff pay increments as recommended by the HT or Performance Management group

 

Safeguarding

This Governing Board is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Governing Board will act in accordance with the supporting statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’  to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in this school.

Governors, understand the importance of working in partnership with children, their parents/carers and other agencies in order to promote children’s welfare.

Governors respect the right of all children to be safeguarded from harm or exploitation whatever their

  • race, religion, first language or ethnicity
  • gender or sexuality
  • age
  • health or disability
  • political or immigration status

The Governing board will all undertake training to understand the fundamentals of safeguarding.

 

Health & Safety

The Governing Board will

  • monitor and oversee health and safety matters at a local level.
  • appoint a Governor with particular responsibility for health and safety. Health & Safety will be a standing item on every Governing Body agenda.
  • Where the spending decisions are controlled by the Governing Body, they accept the duty for the way in which health and safety issues are addressed.
  • ensure there is local asbestos management and arrangements within the Academy.
  • ensure there is a Fire Safety Officer for the Academy who will be the designated as the “responsible person” for fire safety and whom is suitably trained in accordance with H&S regulations.
  • scrutinise the local arrangements for the effective evacuation of premises in the event of a fire. This will include the provisions contained in the local Fire Evacuation Plan and the effectiveness of the practical application of that plan.
  • ensure the Academy makes all appropriate DBS checks. This includes school staff, parents, Governors, trustees and contractors.
  • ensure the Academy develop a policy to cover the needs of children who have additional health needs and may require medicines, adaptations or support to keep well.
  • ensure that staff and pupils have easy access at all times to free, fresh drinking water on Academy premises.
  • promote well-being of children in terms of:  
  • physical and mental health and emotional well-being;
  • protection from harm and neglect;
  • education, training and recreation;  
  • the contribution children make to society; 
  • social and economic well-being. 
  • establish measures for the local implementation of the health and safety policy, organisation and arrangements.
  • ensure that child protection policies are in place that meet both local and national guidance. It is also imperative that effective monitoring by the senior leadership team (SLT) is in place and being reported back to the governing board.
  • ensure a member of the governing body, usually the chair, is nominated to liaise with the designated officer(s) from the relevant local authority and partner agencies in the event of allegations of abuse made against the head teacher, the principal of a college or proprietor or member of governing body of an independent school.
  • ensure there is an effective child protection policy in place together with a staff behaviour policy.
  • ensure the Academy appoint a member of the SLT to the role of designated safeguarding lead.
  • ensure that there are procedures in place to handle allegations against other children.
  • the most common reason for children becoming looked after is as a result of abuse and/or neglect. The Governing Board of this Academy will ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keeping looked after children safe.