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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


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

Eddie Lavery

Chair of Governors 

Co-opted Governor

13.09.21

 

13.09.25/4 years

 

Steven Baxter

Vice-Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

08.07.18

08.07.22/4 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

Claire EdwardsCo-opted Governor08.07.2108.07.25/4 years

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

Parent Governor

 

 

Vacancy

Parent Governor

 

 

Sakhdeep Sohi

LA Governor

09.03.20

09.03.24/4 years

VacancyStaff Governor  
Mike SmithHeadteachern/a 

Tamsin Connick

Interim Clerk to Governors

n/a

n/a

John Garner

Associate Governor

(non-voting)

13.09.21 

 

 

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

Claire Edwards

Sakhdeep Sohi 

Steven Baxter

Mike Smith

 

Resources Committee
Steven Baxter - Chair

Joshua May - Vice Chair 

Mike Smith

Bhiru Shelat

John Garner (non-voting)

 

 

 

Governing Body Register of Interests 2020/21

 

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

Heather Rhodes

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Harrow School
  • Member of London DOS Association

Joshua May

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Lease Accelerator

Bhiru Shelat

Parent Governor

  • Works with charity in Harrow: Sansaar Ltd.

 

Sakhdeep Sohi

LA Governor

  • Nothing to declare

Claire Edwards

Co-opted Governor

  • Employed by West London Trust CAMHS and manages the mental health support team LBH Hounslow

 Alana Stewart

Parent Governor

  • Volunteers for the NSPCC Schools Service

David George

Co-opted Governor

  • Family member works for Schools HR

Matthew Kelly

Parent Governor

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

 

 

 
 

 

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 2021

 

 

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

Ms Claire Edwards

4 years / 08.07.25

Co-opted

Ms Heather Rhodes

4 years/ 18.10.24

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

Headteacher

Mr Mike Smith

Ex-officio

Local Authority

Mrs Sakhdeep Sohi

4 years / 09.03.24

Parent

Ms Alana Stewart

4 years/31.08/21

Parent

Vacancy

 

Parent

Mr Joshua May

4 years / 07.01.23

Parent

Ms Bhiru Shelat

4 years / 07.01.23

Staff

Vacancy

 

Co-opted

Mr David George

Left 21.05.21

Co-opted

Mr Matthew Kelly

Left 9.07.21

 

The Clerk to Governors is

Danielle John

The Chair of Governors is

Ms 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 2020.  This is reviewed annually.

 

Committee 1 Children, Families & Learning (CFL)

Committee 2 Resources

  • Committee membership:
  • Heather Rhodes – Chair
  • Emilia Cielsa - Vice Chair
  • Sakhdeep Sohi
  • Mike Smith
  • Steven Baxter
  • Helen Brown
  • Alana Stewart

 

  • Committee membership:
  • Steven Baxter – Chair
  • Joshua May – Vice Chair
  • Mike Smith
  • Bhiru Shelat
  • Matthew Kelly
  • David George
  • Alana Stewart
  • 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 the academic year.

 

  • Five meetings held in the 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

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

Computing

Matthew Kelly

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

Early Years

Emilia Ciesla

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

English

Heather Rhodes

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

French

Sakhdeep Sohi

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

Finance

Steven Baxter

 

Monthly - 7

Friends of Warrender

 

Bhiru Shelat

 

Health & Safety

Matthew Kelly

 

Humanities & R.E

 

Alana Stewart

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

KS1

Alana Stewart

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

KS2

Heather Rhodes

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

Lettings

Joshua May

 

Maths

Alana Stewart

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

Music & SRE

Bhiru Shelat

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

PE & Sports Premium

 

Joshua May

 

Procurement

Matthew Kelly

 

 

PSHE & British Values (Growth Mindset)

 

 

Alana Stewart

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

Pupil Premium

 

Steven Baxter

 

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

Safeguarding

 

Heather Rhodes

6 visits -safeguarding meetings

SEND

Sakhdeep Sohi

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

School Council & Community

 

Alana Stewart

 

 

School Data

 

Steven Baxter

2 virtual meetings with DHT

Science

Emilia Ciesla

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Governors visits completed ( mainly Virtual visits) August 2020-July 2021

 

  •  IT procurement tender
  • Covid-19 Risk Assessment
  • Covid-19 Parent engagement
  • Safeguarding policy review (to reflect Home Learning)
  • Safeguarding meetings x 6
  • Data virtual meetings
  • Exit Interview with staff member
  • Meeting with parent re: School Perks website
  • Meeting of governors and SLT re: wellbeing and plans to move forward
  • Clerk interviews summer term
  • Learning walk summer term and reintegration of children post lockdown

Governing body and committee meeting attendance

 

Governor

Full Governing Body Meeting Dates and Attendance

Autumn Term

22/10/20

Autumn Term

10/12/20

Spring Term

-

Spring Term 04/03/21

Summer Term

20/05/21

Summer Term

08/07/21

Steven Baxter

Apologies sent and accepted

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Emilia Ciesla

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Matthew Kelly

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Joshua May

Attended

Attended

 

 

Attended

Apologies sent and accepted

 

Attended

Heather Rhodes

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Bhiru Shelat

Attended

Attended

 

           Attended

Attended

 

Attended

 

Mike Smith

 

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Alana Stewart

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

Sakhdeep Sohi

Attended

Attended

 

Attended

Attended

Attended

David George

Apologies sent and accepted

Attended

 

 

 

 

Claire Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member

CFL Committee Meeting Dates and Attendance

Autumn Term

17/09/20

Autumn Term

-

Spring Term

21/01/21

Spring Term

-

Summer Term

29/04/21

Summer Term

-

Steven Baxter

 

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

Emilia Ciesla

Apologies given and accepted

 

 

 

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

Matthew Kelly

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Heather Rhodes

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

 

Mike Smith

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Alana Stewart

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Sakhdeep Sohi

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

Bhiru Shelat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Brown

Attended

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member

Resources Committee Meeting Dates and Attendance

Autumn Term

15/10/20

Autumn Term

26/11/20

Spring Term

11/02/21

Spring Term

-

Summer Term

13/05/21

Summer Term

24/06/21

Steven Baxter

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

Matthew Kelly

Attended

Attended

Apologies given and accepted

 

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

Joshua May

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

Apologies sent and accepted

 

Attended

 

Bhiru Shelat

Attended

Attended

Apologies sent and accepted

 

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

Mike Smith

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

Alana Stewart

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

David George

Apologies sent and accepted

Attended

Attended

 

 

 

 

Sakhdeep Sohi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attended

 

Helen Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attended

Elizabeth Doran

Attended

Attended

Attended

 

 

Attended

 

Attended

 

 

 

 

Governing body effectiveness and impact

 

What were the significant challenges for the governing body in 2020/21?

  • Embedding the revised Curriculum during the COVID disruption to teaching and learning
  • Supporting the staff and pupils of the school during these turbulent times
  • Ensuring that pupils were able to make progress in their learning in spite of lockdowns and home learning
  • Limited flexibility within the school budget
  • The restrictions and issues caused by Covid-19 which included:
    • Revised Health and Safety considerations
    • Home Learning Provisions during lockdown
    • Parent Engagement
    • Key Worker Provisions
    • Other Bubble Provisions
    • Well-being considerations for staff and pupils
       
  • Recruitment of Chair and Vice Chair of Governors
     
    How were the challenges met?
  • Rigorous challenge and oversight of pupil progress.
  • Pro-active meticulous financial tracking, reporting and analysis. Investment in ensuring areas where possible financial benefit can be achieved are examined.  
  • Approaching Hillingdon Governor support service to assist with the development of the Governing Body which will lead to the appointment of governors to Chair and Vice Chair roles
  • New parent governors need to be appointed following the resignation of 2 key governors and also 1 staff governor needs to be appointed
  • Over the past year,  Governors have provided additional support to the SLT during a difficult and unprecedented period.
  • Innovative live lessons provisions were endorsed by Governors to compliment the daily online curriculum related tasks arranged for all year groups
  • Governors provided support and verification with the Covid-19 related communications to parents
  • Other bubble provisions were reviewed and accepted, Governors were also 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 2020/21?
  • Good attendance from governors across all committees and meetings. (93%)
  • New Governors successfully recruited; there has been some governor turnover
  • Good financial management/oversight.
  • Governors have continued to attend training although this has been limited due to COVID
  • Improvements to the playground facilities for the pupils
  • Supporting the school during the covid-19 lockdowns and the re-opening phases
     
    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 through links with secondary school ( science)
  • Pupils benefited from pre-recorded video teaching sessions  and live wellbeing sessions as part of the home learning provision during the lockdown.
     
     
     
     
     
     

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 2020/21

 

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

Heather Rhodes

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Harrow School
  • Member of London DOS Association

Joshua May

Parent Governor

  • Employed at Lease Accelerator

Bhiru Shelat

Parent Governor

  • Works with charity in Harrow: Sansaar Ltd.

 

Sakhdeep Sohi

LA Governor

  • Nothing to declare

Claire Edwards

Co-opted Governor

  • Employed by West London Trust CAMHS and manages the mental health support team LBH Hounslow

 Alana Stewart

Parent Governor

  • Volunteers for the NSPCC Schools Service

David George

Co-opted Governor

  • Family member works for Schools HR

Matthew Kelly

Parent Governor

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

 

 

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 Eddie Lavery (Chair) via the School Office. Alternatively, you may submit general feedback about Warrender to Ofsted via their Parent View portal.

 

As Governors we will work with staff, parents and children to help create a safe and happy environment in which all children can aspire to achieve their potential.  We will provide positive challenge and support to the Leadership Team, ensuring that education is good and moving towards outstanding.  We will work to support every child and family whilst ensuring good links with the wider community

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