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Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

School Governance


A warm welcome to Warrender from the Governing Body. The current members are as follows:
 

Governing Body

 

Name

Role

Term Starts

Term Ends

Alana Stewart

Chair of Governors Parent Governor

31.08.17

 

31.08.21/4 years

 

Matthew Kelly

Vice-Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

09.07.18

09.07.22/4 years

Steven Baxter

Co-opted Governor

08.07.18

08.07.22/4 years

David George

Co-opted Governor

04.03.20

04.03.24/4 years

Heather Rhodes Co-opted Governor 22.10.20 22.10.24/4 years

Emilia Ciesla

Co-opted Governor

22.05.18

22.05.22/4 years

Vacancy

Parent Governor

 

 

Joshua May

Parent Governor

07.01.19

07.01.23/4 years

Bhiru Shelat

Parent Governor

07.01.19

07.01.23/4 years

Vacancy

Staff Governor

 

 

Sakhdeep Sohi LA Governor 09.03.20 09.03.24/4 years

Vacancy 

Clerk to Governors

 

n/a

Mike Smith

Headteacher

 

n/a

 

 

A full list of the current Governing Body is displayed on the noticeboard inside the main entrance of the school, along with latest published minutes of the Full Governing Body meeting.

Governing Body - Governance Statement

About the Governing Body

The Education Reform Act 1988 considerably increased the responsibilities of Governing Bodies in all state controlled schools. School governors are responsible for overseeing virtually all aspects of school life, which are in turn delegated to the Head Teacher. He is responsible for the day to day running and organisation of the school.

The term of office is four years from the point of election, but occasionally a parent, co-opted or teacher governor may no longer be able to continue serving, or may become ineligible. In this case, an interim election will be held. All parents are kept informed of such developments.

The main forum of discussion is the meeting of the full Governing Body, held twice termly. Most business, however, is carried out in two sub-committees that address the following areas:

Children, Families & Learning

  • Curriculum incl. School Development Plan and Additional Educational Needs
  • Parents, Families and Communication
  • Community and Partnerships
Resources
  • Finance
  • Health and Safety
  • Personnel
  • Premises and other assets

 

Members of the Governing Body serve on one of these sub-committees, the Head Teacher and chair on both. All Governors are assigned with specific aspects of the School to monitor.

Children, Families & Learning Committee

Heather Rhodes - Chair

Emilia Ciesla - Vice Chair

Alana Stewart

Sakhdeep Sohi 

Steven Baxter

Matthew Kelly
Mike Smith

 

Resources Committee
Steven Baxter - Chair

Joshua May - Vice Chair 

Matthew Kelly
Mike Smith
Alana Stewart

Bhiru Shelat

David George 

 

Governing Body Register of Interests 2019/20

 

Full Name

Category of Governor

Declarations of Members’ Interests: Business, Educational and Personal

Steven Baxter

Co-opted Governor

  • Non-owning partner at Hymans Robertson LLP - HR LLP provide advice to LB Hillingdon on its pension scheme
  • Parent at the school

Emilia Ciesla

Co-opted Governor

  • Employed at the Natural History Museum

Mike Smith

Headteacher

  • Employed at Warrender School

Matthew Kelly

Parent Governor

  • Spouse works for Eden Academy
  • Employed at The Guinness Partnership
  • Knows a member of staff socially

Heather Rhodes

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Harrow School
  • Member of London DOS Association

Alana Stewart

Parent Governor

  • Volunteers for the NSPCC Schools Service

Joshua May

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Lease Accelerator 

Bhiru Shelat

Parent Governor

  • Nothing to declare 
Sakhdeep Sohi LA Governor
  • Nothing to declare 
David George Co-Opted Governor
  • Family member works for Schools HR

 

Please see below for the latest Annual Governance Statement information

School Name

Warrender Primary School

School Address

Old Hatch Manor, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 8QG

Telephone number

01895 462355

Contact email address

office@warrenderschool.org.uk

Website

www.warrender.hillingdon.sch.uk

 

The governing body must be only contacted via the school details given above, which is the legal business address for the whole governing body.

 

Category of school

Community

DfE number

251

Ofsted grading and date of last inspection

Good – November 2016

 

Name of Headteacher

Mr Mike Smith

Name of Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Helen Brown

 

Date of Annual Governance Statement

Autumn 2020

 

 

The core functions of the governing body

 

As defined by the Department for Education (DfE) in The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, the core functions of the governing body include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.
     
    In exercising their functions, the governing body shall
  • Act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school; and
  • Be open about the decisions they make and the actions they take and in particular shall be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to interested parties.
     
    Our governing body has a code of conduct which is reviewed and agreed annually.  All governors and associate members are obliged to abide by this code.
     

Legal constitution of the governing body

 

The governing body was formally constituted on

31 March 2015

 

Category  of Governor

Appointed or elected onto the governing body?

5 x Co-opted Governors

Appointed by the governing body

4 x Parent Governors

Elected on to the governing body by parents of pupils at the school

1 x Headteacher

Governor by virtue of employment by the school

1 x Staff Governor

Elected on to the governing body by all staff employed by the school

1 x Local Authority Governor

Nominated by the Local Authority (Hillingdon Council), and appointed by the governing body

Total number of governors = 12

 

Who volunteers on the school’s governing body?

  

Category of Governor

Full Name

Term of Office / End Date

Co-opted

Ms Emilia Ciesla

4 years / 22.05.22

Co-opted

Mr Steven Baxter

4 years / 08.07.22

Co-opted

Mr Matthew Kelly

4 years / 09.07.22

Co-opted

Mr David George

4 years / 04.03.24

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

Headteacher

Mr Mike Smith

Ex-officio

Local Authority

Mrs Sakhdeep Sohi

4 years / 09.03.24

Parent

Ms Heather Rhodes

4 years / 18.10.20

Parent

Mrs Alana Stewart

4 years / 31.08.21

Parent

Mr Joshua May

4 years / 07.01.23

Parent

Ms Bhiru Shelat

4 years / 07.01.23

Staff

Vacancy

 

Ex Co-opted Mrs Beenish Shaikh Left 28.02.19
Ex Local Authority Mr Andrew Bain Left 25.10.18
Ex  Staff Ms Claire Jones Left 28.02.19

 

The Clerk to Governors is

Ms Veenam Sharma-Cook

The Chair of Governors is

Mrs Alana Stewart

The Vice Chair of Governors is

Mr Matthew Kelly

 

This governing body also can have Associate Members.  Associate Members are not governors but they are public volunteers.  They are appointed by the governing body to support the ongoing work and duties of the governing body.  The number of Associate Members is determined by the governing body.

 

How the governing body delegates and distributes its duties

 

The governing body agreed to form the following committees on 16 October 2019.  This is reviewed annually.

 

Committee 1 Children, Families & Learning (CFL)

Committee 2 Resources

Committee membership:

  • Heather Rhodes – Chair
  • Alana Stewart – Vice Chair
  • Emilia Ciesla
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Mike Smith
  • Sakhdeep Sohi
  • Alana Stewart

 

Committee membership:

  • Steven Baxter – Chair
  • Joshua May  – Vice Chai
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Mike Smith
  • Alana Stewart
  • Bhiru Shelat
  • David George

 

Remit of committee:

  • Curriculum
  • School Development Plan
  • SEND
  • Pupil Premium & Sports Premium
  • Parents, families & communication
  • Community & partnerships

 

Remit of committee:

  • Finance
  • School Development Plan
  • Health & Safety
  • Personnel
  • Premises
  • Assets

Key delegates duties

  • Approve School Targets
  • SEND/Inclusion
  • Parent Survey
  • Review appropriate policies

 

Key delegates duties

  • Approve budget
  • Approve staffing structure
  • Monitor Health & Safety
  • Review appropriate policies
  • Three meetings held in academic year 
  • Five meetings held in academic year

Key decisions made and impact

  • Monitor Children’s Progress
  • Monitor Pupil Premium provision
  • Monitor Sports Premium provision
  • Monitor SEND/Inclusion provision

 

Key decisions made and impact:

  • Monitoring budget and making key decisions about spend
  • Approve SFVS to ensure financial probity
  • Monitoring Health & Safety to ensure a safe environment for pupils and staff
  • Recommend to FGB Premises Plan spend

 

 

 

 

 

Specific panels of the governing body are convened as required for

  • School Complaints
  • Staff Grievance and Discipline
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Pay Review Panel
  • HT Performance Review Panel
     
    The governing body delegates some specific functions to some governors covering specific areas of school life.  These governors are known as Link Governors. Our school has the following link governors:
     

    Area of responsibility

    Named Governor

    Number of visits to school in this role in academic year

    Art, Design and Design Technology

    Joshua May

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    Computing

    Matthew Kelly

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    Early Years

    Emilia Ciesla

    0

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    English & French

    Heather Rhodes

     

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    Finance

    Steven Baxter

     

    Monthly - 7

    Friends of Warrender

     

    Bhiru Shelat

    0

    Health & Safety

    Matthew Kelly

    1

    Humanities & R.E

     

    Alana Stewart

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    KS1

    Alana Stewart

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    KS2

    Heather Rhodes

    4

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    Lettings

    Joshua May

    2

    Maths

    Matthew Kelly

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    Music & SRE

    Bhiru Shelat

    0

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    PE & Sports Premium

     

    Joshua May

    2

    Procurement

    Matthew Kelly

     

    2

    PSHE & British Values (Growth Mindset)

     

    Alana Stewart

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    Pupil Premium

     

    Steven Baxter

     

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    Safeguarding

     

    Heather Rhodes

    4

    SEND

    Steven Baxter

    1

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

    School Council & Community

     

    Alana Stewart

    3

     

    School Data

     

    Steven Baxter

    2

    Science

    Emilia Ciesla

    1

     

    Further planned visits were cancelled due to restrictions related to covid-19

 

 

Other Governors visits completed

Autumn Term 2019

  • FGB Day in School meeting that incorporated class visits and staff engagements
  • Parent Consultation Evening
  • School’s Open Day

Spring Term 2020

  • Interviewing to recruit
  • Governor vacancies
  • Attended Pupil Progress Observation

Summer Term 2020

  • Covid-19 related SLT support
  • Delivering free school meals to the school’s vulnerable families
  • Setting up a new fundraising website

Note: From March no school visits were scheduled due to restrictions associated with covid-19.

 

Virtual Visits March – August 2020

  •  IT procurement tender
  • Covid-19 Risk Assessment
  • Covid-19 Parent engagement
  • Safeguarding policy review (to reflect Home Learning)
  • Exit Interview with staff member

 

Governing body and committee meeting attendance

 

Governor

Full Governing Body Meeting Dates and Attendance

Autumn Term

16/10/19

Autumn Term

09/01/20

Spring Term

-

Spring Term 04/03/20

Summer Term

21/05/20

Summer Term

08/07/20

Steven Baxter

Attended

Attended

 

Apologies given and accepted

Attended

Attended

Emilia Ciesla

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Matthew Kelly

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Joshua May

Attended

Attended

 

Apologies given and accepted

Attended

 

Attended

Heather Rhodes

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Bhiru Shelat

Apologies given and accepted

Attended

 

Apologies given and accepted

Attended

 

Attended

 

Mike Smith

 

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Alana Stewart

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Sakhdeep Sohi

 

 

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

David George

 

 

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

Member

CFL Committee Meeting Dates and Attendance

Autumn Term

19/09/19

Autumn Term

-

Spring Term

22/01/20

Spring Term

-

Summer Term

30/04/20

Summer Term

-

Steven Baxter

 

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

Emilia Ciesla

Apologies given and accepted

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

Matthew Kelly

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Heather Rhodes

Apologies given and accepted

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

 

Mike Smith

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Alana Stewart

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Sakhdeep Sohi

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

David George

 

 

 

 

Attended

 

Bhiru Shelat

 

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

 

Member

Resources Committee Meeting Dates and Attendance

Autumn Term

10/10/19

Autumn Term

28/11/19

Spring Term

13/02/20

Spring Term

-

Summer Term

07/05/20

Summer Term

Cancelled

Steven Baxter

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

Matthew Kelly

Attended

Apologies given and accepted

Apologies given and accepted

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

Joshua May

Attended

Apologies given and accepted

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

Bhiru Shelat

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

Mike Smith

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

Alana Stewart

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

David George

 

 

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

 

 

 

Governing body effectiveness and impact

 

What were the significant challenges for the governing body in 2019/20?

  • Embedding the revised Curriculum
  • Limited flexibility within the school budget
  • Governor vacancies in Autumn 2019 included 2x Co-opted, 1x LA and 1x Staff
  • The restrictions and issues caused by Covid-19 which included:
    • Revised Health and Safety considerations
    • Home Learning Provisions during school closure
    • Parent Engagement
    • Key Worker Provisions
    • Other Bubble Provisions
    • Well-being considerations for staff and pupils

 

How were the challenges met?

  • Rigorous challenge and oversight of the progress.
  • Pro-active meticulous financial tracking, reporting and analysis. Investment in ensuring areas where possible financial benefit can be achieved, are examined.   
  • Successfully filling the LA Governor and one of the Co-opted Governor vacancies during the Spring term 2020.  
  • In general Governors provided additional support to the SLT during a difficult and unprecedented period. In addition, Governors assisted with delivering free school meals to vulnerable families.  
    • Health and Safety Risk Assessments were rigorously challenged for approval
    • Innovative live lessons provisions were endorsed by Governors to compliment the daily on-line curriculum related tasks arranged for all year groups
    • Governors provided support and verification with the Covid-19 related communications to parents
    • Key Worker provisions were adopted carefully
    • Governors were present at school to assist parents and children as each new bubble was welcomed.
    • Governors ensured well-being considerations were examined and supported

 

What were the achievements of the governing body for 2019/20?

  • Good attendance from governors across all committees and meetings.
  • Two new Governors successfully recruited.
  • Good financial management/oversight.
  • Governors have continued to attend training.
  • Broadening knowledge regarding school academisation
  • Increased profile of Governors by completing questionnaires with families during a number of parents evening in the Autumn term
  • Supporting the school during the covid-19 lockdown and the re-opening phase

 

How have these achievements improved areas of school life (impact)?

  • The whole Governing Body has a better understanding of the needs of the school.
  • The new Governors bring a wealth of new skills, experiences and enthusiasm that will contribute to a stronger Governing Body.
  • The school is still running well within the constraints of an ever decreasing budget.
  • Training has enriched the Governing Body’s pool of skills with greater understanding of key school Governing areas, as well as knowledge of the latest developments in Governance. For the Governors that are new, it has provided them with a firm foundation.   
  • Appreciating the importance of forming and maintaining close links with other local schools, in case academisation needs to be revisited in the future
  • Parents are more aware of who the Governors are and what they do. The recommendations from the findings were reviewed
  • Pupils benefited from live video teaching sessions as part of the hone learning provision during the lockdown. The year groups identified by the government to return to school did so successfully in the Summer term

 

Find out more about our school ...

 

  • Link to Parent View Portal, which seeks parents' opinions on aspects of our school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

 

Governing Body Register of Interests 2019/20

 

This register must

  • state the name and category of each governor
  • set out any relevant business interests
  • set out details of any other educational establishments that they govern
  • set out any relationship details between governors and members of staff, including spouses, partners and relatives.

 

Full Name

Category of Governor

Declarations of Members’ Interests: Business, Educational and Personal

Steven Baxter

Co-opted Governor

  • Partner at Hymans Robertson LLP - HR LLP provide advice to LB Hillingdon on its pension scheme
  • Parent at the school

Emilia Ciesla

Co-opted Governor

  • Employed at the Natural History Museum

Mike Smith

Headteacher

  • Employed at Warrender School

Matthew Kelly

Parent Governor

  • Employed at The Guinness Partnership
  • Spouse works for Eden Academy
  • Knows a member of staff socially

Heather Rhodes

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Harrow School
  • Member of London DOS Association

Alana Stewart

Parent Governor

  • Volunteers for the NSPCC Schools Service

Joshua May

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Lease Accelerator

Bhiru Shelat

Parent Governor

  • Nothing to declare

Sakhdeep Sohi

LA Governor

  • Nothing to declare

David George

Co-opted Governor

  • Family member works for Schools HR

Ex -Beenish Shaikh

Co-opted Governor

  • Parent at the school
  • Sister-in-Law is Headteacher at Grange Park Junior School

Ex - Andrew Bain

LA Governor

  • Nothing to declare

Ex - Claire Jones

Staff Governor

  • Employed at Warrender School

 

Each governor has declared their interests as given above in writing to the governing body.

 

 

Let us have your feedback
The Governors at Warrender always welcome feedback from parents and carers about the school. If there are things that the school is doing well or if you feel there are aspects of school life that could be improved, please let us know so we can continue to improve our school. If you wish to feedback direct to the governing body about an aspect of the school, or would like to attend any of the Full Governing Body meetings, please contact Alana Stewart (Chair) via the School Office. Alternatively, you may submit general feedback about Warrender to Ofsted via their Parent View portal.

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