Welcome from the Chair of Governors
Welcome to the Minster School. We governors are immensely proud of the staff (teaching and non-teaching) and students who continue to produce work and results of the highest calibre. Many of you will know that we currently have the highest rating that OFSTED can give, outstanding. We continue to assess our standards against those benchmarks to ensure we retain that judgement in any future review.
On 1 December 2018 Minster School became an academy within the Minster Trust for Education (MITRE), a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) that will over the next year include a number of our feeder primary schools as they also convert to academies. The transition to an academy will change the way we are funded and we will be directly accountable to MITRE. Governors will be working hard to ensure that this change has minimal impact on students and staff whilst looking to take advantage of the opportunities that being an academy presents.
We are a National Teaching School with over 70 Schools joining our Teaching School Alliance. We are also the East Midlands East Maths Hub and Nottinghamshire Music Hub all of which enables our staff with advanced skills to assist other schools to improve their performance by sharing best practice and at the same time improving our own standards as well.
We monitor and evaluate the school to ensure that it is using best practice through all disciplines to give our students the best learning environment that can be achieved. We receive progress reports and challenge the Head and leadership team at each governors’ termly meeting to ensure that the strategy for continual improvement is working. We also recognise our responsibilities as employers and seek to improve the working environment where possible and support all our staff both teaching and non-teaching.
Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school and we seek to ensure that the high targets set are achieved. We do this by regular meetings with staff and department heads, each governor having responsibility for a specific department.
You may be aware from the media that lack of adequate funding for schools is a real concern and our school is no exception. As Governors we are responsible for ensuring financial probity and set a very challenging budget, regularly monitor spending, ensure that value for money is obtained and that risks to the organisation are managed. The transition to an academy has changed the way we are funded but has not changed the amount of funding we will receive, so financially the future remains very challenging but we are determined to maintain standards.
All governors give their time freely and details of who we are can be seen on the website. If there are issues that need to be addressed I would ask that you follow the procedures laid down and detailed on our site but I accept responsibility as chair and am happy to be contacted through school if you are unable to resolve any issues. I am very grateful for the time given by all governors, because without such support the school would not be able to run as it does.
Our Current Governors
Mr Robert Beckett - Foundation - Term of Office 01/09/18 - 31/08/22
Mr Nigel Ladbury - Foundation (Chapter) - Term of Office 01/09/18 - 31/08/22
Mr Alan Wright - Chair, Foundation (Chapter) - Term of Office 01/09/18 - 31/08/22
Mrs Christine Bowering - Foundation (Chapter) - Term of Office 23/11/16 - 21/11/20
Canon NIgel Coates - Foundation (Ex-Officio) - Term of Office 02/12/18 - 01/12/22
Ms Tracey Sparkes - Foundation (Chapter) - Term of Office 12/11/16 - 11/11/20
- Mr David Shannon - Foundation Chapter) - Term of Office 05/11/17 - 04/11/21
Mr Anthony Colton - Local Authority - Term of Office 25/03/13 - 24/03/21
Mr Matthew Parris - Staff - Headteacher (Ex-Officio) - Term of Office 01/09/14
- Mrs Hayley Gault - Staff - Term of Office 21/03/17 - 20/03/21
Mr Roger Wood - Staff Co-opted - Term of Office 15/11/16 - 13/11/20
Mr Ben Chaloner - Staff Co-opted - Term of Office 13/11/18 - 12/11/22
Mrs Elizabeth Turner - Foundation (Bishops Appointment) - Term of Office 17/11/16 - 15/11/20
Doctor Peter Brooks - Parent - Term of Office 28/11/18 - 27/11/22
Professor Jonathan Hardman - Parent - Term of Office 28/11/18 - 27/11/22
Mrs Charley Pierpoint - Parent - Term of Office - 28/11/18 - 27/11/22
Meetings 2018 - 2019
Full Governing Body
Autumn Term – Tuesday, 13 November 2018 at 6.30 pm
Spring Term - Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at 6.30 pm
Summer Term - Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 6.30 pm
The Minster School Governing Body has determined that it will operate through the following committees:
- Finance General Purposes and Personnel (FGPP) - Meetings begin at 4:30pm on the dates below
- Strategic Development and Pupils (SDP) - Meetings begin at 4:30pm on the dates below
- Discipline Committee (DC) - when required
- Pay Committee (PC) - when required
Autumn Term – Monday 23 October 2018 (SDP)/Wednesday 24 October 2018 (FGPP)
Spring Term - Tuesday (SDP) 26 February 2019/Wednesday (FGPP) 27 February 2019
Summer Term - Tuesday (SDP) 21 May 2019/Tuesday (FGPP), 4 June 2019
Strategic Development and Pupils' Committee: Mrs C Bowering (Chair), Mr B Chaloner, Mr A Colton, Mrs H Gault, Ms T Sparkes, Canon N Coates, Mr M Parris (Ex-officio).
Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Committee: Mr D Shannon (Chair), Mr B Chaloner, Mr R Beckett, Mr N Ladbury, Mrs E Turner, Mr R Wood, Canon N Coates, Mr M Parris (Ex-officio).
Discipline Committee: The Committee will be made up of three Governors from the Governing Body except Minster staff Governors
Admissions Panel: Mrs C Bowering, Mrs E Turner, Mr A Wright.
Appeals Committee: All Governors except Minster staff Governors.
Pay Committee: Mr A Wright, Mr D Shannon, Mrs R Beckett.
Complaints: Mr A Wright (Chair of Governors).