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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.

If you need to contact me directly then please write to me at school in an envelope marked 'private and confidential'.

Alan Wright

Our Governors
 

Current Governors

  • Mrs Michele Atkinson - Local Authority - Term of Office - 17/11/20 - 16/11/24

  • Mr Robert Beckett - Foundation - Term of Office 01/09/18 - 31/08/22

  • Mr Ben Chaloner - Staff - Headteacher (Ex-Officio) - Term of Office -  01/11/20 

  • Reverend Canon Dr Richard Frith - Foundation (Ex-Officio) - Term of Office Commenced - 14/10/19 

  • Mrs Hayley Gault - Staff -  Term of Office 21/03/21 - 20/03/25

  • Reverend James Halstead - Foundation - Term of Office - 18/01/21 - 17/01/25

  • 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

  • Mr Paul Provost - Foundation (Council of St Johns College) - Term of Office - 18/06/19 - 17/06/23

  • Mr David Shannon - Foundation Chapter)  - Term of Office 05/11/17 - 04/11/21
  • Mrs Elizabeth Turner - Foundation (Chapter) - Term of Office 17/11/20 - 16/11/24

  • Mr Andy Wall - Staff Co-opted - Term of Office 17/11/20 - 16/11/24

  • Mr Roger Wood - Staff Co-opted -  Term of Office 15/11/20 - 14/11/24

  • Mr Alan Wright - Chair, Foundation (Chapter) - Term of Office 01/09/18 - 31/08/22

  • Mrs Vicky Wicks - Parent - Term of Office 23/03/2021 - 22/03/25

Governors' Meetings
 

Meetings 2021 – 2022

Full Governing Body

Autumn Term – Tuesday, 23 November 2021 at 6.30pm

Spring Term - Tuesday, 15 March 2022 at 6.30pm

Summer Term - Tuesday, 28 June 2022 at 6.30pm

Committees

The Minster School Governing Body has determined that it will operate through the following committees:

  • Finance General Purposes and Personnel (FGP&P) 
  • Strategic Development and Pupils (SD&P) 
  • Discipline Committee (DC) - when required
  • Pay Committee (PC) - when required

Committee Meetings

Autumn Term – SD&P. Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 4.5pm / FGP&P, Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 4.30pm

Spring Term - SD&P, Tuesday 18 January 2022 at 4.45pm / FGP&P, Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 4.30pm

Summer Term - SD&P, Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 4.45pm / FGP&P, Tuesday 17 May 2022 at 4.30pm

Committee Members

Strategic Development and Pupils' Committee: Mr D Shannon (Chair), Mr B Chaloner (Ex-officio), Mrs H Gault,    Reverend Canon Dr R Frith (Ex-officio), Mr P Provost, Mrs C Pierpoint, Mrs M Atkinson, Mr A Wall; Reverend J Halstead

Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Committee: Mr R Beckett (Chair), Mr B Chaloner (Ex-officio),                      Mrs E Turner, Mr R Wood, Reverend Canon Dr R Frith (Ex officio), Professor J Hardman, Mrs V Wicks

Discipline Committee: The Committee will be made up of three Governors from the Governing Body except Minster staff Governors

Admissions Panel: Mrs M Atkinson, Mrs E Turner, Mr A Wright

Appeals Committee: All Governors except Minster staff Governors

Pay Committee:  Mr A Wright, Mr D Shannon, Mr R Beckett

Complaints:  Mr A Wright (Chair of Governors)

Declarations of Interest 

Register of declarations of interest: pecuniary/business

Last updated: June 2021

All parties have declared interests, including where they have none. All interests that exist have been recorded on the register.

Name Name of Business Institution or Charity Nature of Business Institution or Charity Nature of Interest Relationship to Staff/Students Date Interest Began
Mr A Wright Slack & Co. Floor Coverings Limited Flooring Neighbour None 03/12/2002
Mr A Wall MITRE Trust Multi-Academy Trust Employee Spouse 17/11/2020
Rev. J Halstead Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham Church of England Diocese Governance None 01/09/2019
Mrs H Gault MITRE Trust Multi-Academy Trust Employee Sibling 01/09/2020

 

Senior leaders who contribute

Name Name/nature of pecuniary/business interest declared Type of business
Ms C Blick No external business/pecuniary interest declared NA

 

Members who resigned/end of term during previous 12 months

Name Date of Appointment Date of Resignation
Mrs N Ellard 28/02/2020 30/10/2020
Mrs C Bowering 23/11/2016 22/11/2020
Mrs T Sparkes 12/11/2020    30/08/2021
Mr N Ladbury  07/01/2003  17/09/2021

Meeting Attendance 

 Attendance at Strategic Development and Pupils Committee meetings

Name

Academic Year 2020-2021

No. in Year

Academic Year 2020-2021

No. Attended

Mr B Chaloner 3 3
Mr A Wright 3 3
Rev. R Frith 3 3
Mr A Wall 3 3
Mrs M Atkinson 3 3
Rev. J Halstead 3 3
Mrs H Gault 3 3
Mr P Provost 3 3
Mr D Shannon 3 3
Ms T Sparkes 3 1
Mrs C Pierpoint 3 2

 

Attendance at Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Committee meetings

Name

Academic Year 2020-2021

No. in Year

Academic Year 2020-2021

No. Attended

Mr B Chaloner 3 3
Mr R Beckett 3 3
Mr A Wright 3 3
Rev. R Frith  3 3
Mr R Wood 3 3
Mrs E Turner 3 3
Mr N Ladbury 3

2

Professor J Hardman 3 1

Mrs V Wicks

(term commenced Summer 2021)

1 1

 

 Attendance at Full Board meetings

Name

Academic Year 2020-2021

No. in Year

Academic Year 2020-2021

No. Attended

Mr B Chaloner 3 3
Mr A Wright 3 3
Rev. R Frith 3 2
Mr A Wall 3

3

Mrs M Atkinson 3 3
Rev. J Halstead 3 3
Mrs H Gault 3 3
Mr D Shannon 3 3
Ms T Sparkes 3 2
Mrs C Pierpoint 3 2
Mr P Provost 3 3
Mr R Beckett 3 2
Mr R Wood  3 3
Mrs E Turner 3 3
Mr N Ladbury 3 3
Professor J Hardman 3 3

Mrs V Wicks

(term commenced Summer 2021)

1 1