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Governors

Our Lady of Grace has a very strong Governing Body whose main tasks are to support the school, ensure that pupils receive high quality education and plan for any future developments and improvements.

What do Governors Do?

In a nutshell, Governors work as a team to develop strategies for developing and maintaining high standards of education at Our Lady of Grace. They work closely with the Head who is responsible for the day to day management of the School. Should you wish to contact the Chair of Governors this can be done through the school.

 

Our Governors

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS:

Father Josephat Ezenolue

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 24/2/2020), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. He serves on the Achievement & Standards and Resources Committees and is responsible for R.E. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. He has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

Mrs Josephine Spittles

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 2/3/2018), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources, Admissions & Pay Committees and is responsible for Child Protection, Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. She has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

Mrs Augustina Guobadia

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 25/5/2020), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources and Admissions Committees. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. She has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

Mr John Hillier

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 18/10/2019), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. He serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources and Pay Committees. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. He has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

Mrs Junior Kasujja

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 23/4/2017), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. He serves on the Achievement & Standards and Resources Committees. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. He has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 2/3

Mrs Josephine Oranusi

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 28/2/2017), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. She serves on the Achievement & Standards and Resources Committees and is responsible for Health & Safety. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. She has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

Mrs Mary  O'Regan

Mrs Mary O’Regan – (expiry of current term 22/3/2021), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. She serves on the Achievement & Standards and Resources Committees. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests, or staff/governor relationships.  Attendance for Full Governors meetings = 1/3

 

Head Teacher:

Mr Sean Small

Head Governor. He serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources, Admissions and Pay Committees. He also governs at St Peter’s RC Primary School, Woolwich. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. He has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

 

LA Governor:

Mr Phil Lewis

LA Governor (expiry of current term – 24/2/2017), appointed through the Local Authority. He serves on the Achievement & Standards and Resources Committees. He is related to a member of teaching staff. He has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

 

Parent Governors:

Mrs Caroline Malley

Parent Governor (expiry of current term – 14/10/2017), appointed through the parent election process. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources. Admissions & Pay Committees and is responsible for SEN/LAC and Curriculum. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. She has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

Mr Ola Olomo

Parent Governor (expiry of current term – 13/10/2019), appointed through the parent election process. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources. Admissions & Pay Committees and is responsible for Finance, Pupil Premium and Numeracy. There are no relevant business/ pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. He has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

 

Staff Governors:

Mrs Anna Sully

Staff Governor (expiry of current term – 13/7/2017), appointed through the staff election process. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources and Admissions Committees. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. She has full voting rights on the Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

Mrs Julia Murphy (Associate)

Staff Governor (expiry of current term – 9/11/2017), appointed through the staff election process. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources and Admissions Committees. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests or staff/governor relationships. She does not have voting rights on Committees. Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings – 3/3

 

SPRING TERM 2017:

SEN GOVERNOR VISIT - February 2017

Caroline Malley - I had a meeting with Jo Lewis, the School's SENCO, as part of my overall SEN responsibilities. We discussed the pupils on the register, as well as those pupils who are not on the register but are receiving additional support in areas such as Maths, where they are not making the required progress. We discussed the overall effectiveness of the interventions. I also talked through the various case studies of those pupils on the register and examined the progress they are making and scrutinised how the SEN funding is being used to support those pupils.

I checked where the School records are kept, including the Single Central Register and ensured that they are kept in a locked drawer as required.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Safeguarding

AUTUMN TERM 2016:

Governors' Report to Parents

 

Guitar Showcase

Phil Lewis – A very enjoyable concert, obviously enjoyed by performers and children.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

 

Our Lady of Grace School - Josephine Spittles

I was excited to visit the school this morning to see the pupils and staff in their new surroundings.

Walking round the spacious classrooms, looking at the new facilities I wondered how they had managed in the old building for so long. It made their past achievements even more impressive!

A big thank you to Mr Small and his staff who have worked extremely hard to create such a welcoming environment for the children.

 

Literacy Focus - Caroline Malley

Having recently taken over the Governor responsibility for Literacy, I visited the school to look at aspects of the school's provision and meet with Julia Murphy, Literacy Co-ordinator.

Overall across the school the proportion of children attaining expected standards in reading and writing is well above the national average, which indicates sound teaching in this area.

A strong emphasis has always been placed on reading and writing and we are currently succeeding in these areas because of our commitment to our aims and principles.

Pupils clearly know their strengths but also their areas for development using clear indicators as a reference. There is also specific, targeted teaching for writing skills for those children in need and especially disadvantaged children.

Evidence that the English curriculum is being well covered is clear from the book checks that we, as Governors, are regularly encouraged to do.

Governors as well as staff have met to consider writing development across the school highlighting clear progress. Joint staff meetings have been undertaken with St Peter's on writing with a clear focus for the year.

Phonics intervention has been put in place where required across the school to ensure high attainment levels are maintained.

Progress meetings are also regularly undertaken and pupil interviews have also taken place.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Quality of Teaching and Learning; Effectiveness of the Early Years Provision

 

Numeracy Focus - Ola Olomo

I spoke with Ms Dowd about the progress of the various years in Numeracy. I was satisfied that there was evidence to show the effectiveness of the Leadership Team in ensuring that top level staff were in place to effectively teach the various aspects of the numeracy curriculum and this was evident in the number of pupils attaining expected standards in Maths well above the national average.

I was satisfied with the level of intervention in place for disadvantaged pupils to ensure they attain expected progress.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

 

Pupil Premium - Ola Olomo

I spoke with Mr Sims and was satisfied with the way the Pupil Premium allocation was being used to ensure that the disadvantaged pupils attained expected progress above the national average.

There is also well documented evidence of the way the pupil premium is spent and this is also available on the website.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

 

Safeguarding - Josephine Spittles

The focus since the last report has been to further improve levels of Safeguarding in regard to changes in practice and training.

Outcomes since September 2016

  1. Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 : INSET and shared with all staff
  2. PREVENT Training: October 2016 – All staff
  3. External SAFEGUARDING Audit: September 2016
  4. External SAFEGUARDING training: November 2016
  5. All  new staff receive guidance  documents related to CP and are informed of policies, procedures, the importance of time scales and appropriate questioning before they take up post or attend formal training helping to heighten awareness of CP issues and the need for vigilance.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

 

SEND - Caroline Malley

As the Governor with responsibility for SEND, I regularly visit the school to look at different aspects of the school's SEND provision and have regular meetings with the SENCO, Jo Lewis, who has recently taken over from Colleen Doyle in the post.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare; Effectiveness of the Early Years Provision

 

SUMMER TERM 2016:

Governors Week 2016

Class Visit and Mass: Father Josephat - The children were alert. They are also conscious of what happens in the society and are happy to contribute their best. The teachers are more than happy to help them in accompanying them in their growth process.

At Mass they appreciated being accepted and the need to tolerate others since acceptance is reciprocal.

Focus of visit: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

 

New Build School Site Visit:

Caroline Malley - As part of Governor's week, I, along with other governors, was invited to go on a site tour to see how the new school is being developed. It was good to see the level of progress and to be given the opportunity to talk directly to those overseeing the project about the next steps and to be able to scrutinise various decisions. It is clear the team on site and the senior school management team have a tight grip on the development.

Augustina Guobadia - The Leadership and Management of the School are making adequate arrangements to increase the provision in all aspects.

There is effective communication between those involved and I am optimistic the new school will be ready by January 2017 because of the great progress so far.

Josephine Oranusi - I was very pleased for the opportunity to visit the new school site. From my observation, work is progressing at the moment and I am pleased with the quality of work so far. My little concern is that we do not have enough space for playground and the trees at the boundary proposes health and safety concerns. But other than this, I am very happy with the work so far and I am sure the children will love their new school.

Focus of visit: Overall effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

 

Year 5 Class Visit: Caroline Malley - I attended a Year 5 lesson where the Architects involved in the new school build came to the school to hold a workshop. The children were well behaved and attentive and came up with some amazing ideas when they were given the opportunity to design their own school. They also articulated their ideas well when asked to present to the entire class.

Looking around the classroom, it was impressive to see the kind of work they had been doing throughout the year. The letters they each wrote to the new London Mayor were particularly impressive and showcased not only their excellent use of language, grammar and punctuation, but their thoughts about the environment in which they live. It is clear the leadership and teaching in the classroom has been engaging and effective.

Focus of visit: Overall effectiveness; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

 

Class Mass & Class Visit: Augustina Guobadia - Year 5 demonstrated good behaviour and excellent reading in Church today.

In the Year 6 classroom, the teacher demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the subject (R.E) using questioning giving the children adequate time to respond and provided feedback to pupils. The children were listening, happy, smiling and relaxed and I could see and feel that they enjoyed the discussion on 'Confirmation'. There was fantastic reading and a very interactive session between the teacher, pupils and peers.

Focus of visit: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Achievement; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

 

Sportathon: Anna Sully - What a fantastic opportunity Year 4 had taking part in the Greenwich Schools Sportathon at Sutcliffe Park on one of the hottest days of the month.

The children competed against 16 other schools and took part in 7 different activities, some of which they had never done before, like the wheelchair relay. Our budding athletes really showed what they were made of and put all their efforts into each challenge. What great teamwork and support for each other and their behaviour was brilliant as always. Well done Year 4!

Focus of visit: Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

 

SPRING TERM 2016:

SEN - January 2016: Caroline Malley - I meet regularly with the School's SEN Co-ordinator, Mrs Doyle, to hear about the progress of our children under her care. This specific meeting focussed on the needs of three particular pupils within the school and the challenge to meet their specific needs.It was a very productive meeting and aspects from it have been explored in further meetings with other senior management staff and outside agencies.

Focus of visit - Effectiveness of Leadership & Management; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

 

AUTUMN TERM 2015:

Numeracy: Ola Olomo - I visited Year 6 and observed a Maths lesson being taught by Mr Sims. It was highly evident that he has a deep knowledge and understanding of the subject. He was able to use questioning highly effectively and the pupils responded positively to this. He used practice to embed the pupil's knowledge, understanding and skill and introduced the subject progressively, constantly demanding more of the pupils. He effectively identified and supported pupils who were falling behind and all pupils were encouraged to try harder, recognising their efforts and ensure the pupils took pride in all aspects of their work.

The pupils showed so much enthusiasm to learning which highlighted the fact they are confident, self assured learners having an excellent attitude to learning. The children were all well behaved while the lesson was going on.

It was a real privilege to observe the lesson and it also gave me, as a governor, the opportunity to see things from the point of view of the teachers, being able to appreciate the challenges they encounter in order to ensure the continuous progress the school attains as shown by past and recent outcomes data.

Focus of visit: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal development, behaviour and welfare.

 

Literacy & Safeguarding: Stella Oni – On Thursday 15th October I meet with Julia Murphy, Literacy Co-ordinator – she updated me on the new government curriculum and how Our Lady of Grace planned to implement it.  I also had safeguarding question and answer sessions with some children from the different year groups and was very impressed with how well they answered their questions. They told me they felt safe in the school and cared as well as respected their teachers. Their sincerity really shone through and I will like to congratulate all of you for a job well done.  I know that it is continuous hard work but part of the reward is in seeing how well the children appreciate this.

 

EYFS: Caroline Malley, Governor - As the Reception class governor I thought it would be nice to visit and see how well the children have settled in to their new class and school.

I watched a Phonics session – it was very interesting, interactive and the children’s participation was amazing! The children were very welcoming, told me their names, asked mine and invited me to the role play Police station. They also made me a dragon with mobile and read to me. I would say the children have settled in well – well done to their teacher and teaching assistants!

Focus of visit: Effectiveness of the Early Years provision

 

SUMMER TERM 2015:

Year 6 Performance: Josephine Oranusi, Governor – I was privileged to attend the Year 6 Performance. It was tremendous – parents and siblings were amazed with the show case of skills and talents they have acquired from Our Lady of Grace. It was also an emotional day for the children and parents who saw the slide show from when they started in Reception. Well done to Year 6 and the teachers – we are all proud of you!

 

Musical Showcase: Josephine Oranusi, Governor – It was a great opportunity to witness the school music showcase in July. I was amazed with the performance of the children. Parents and guests were amazed as well. The children performed wonderfully. They demonstrated their skills in the use of instruments and wonderful voices shown with the lovely songs they sang which moved me to tears. I am proud of the children, their teachers and all those who contributed to make this event a success. This performance is one which we can confidently allow to be aired on television some day!

 

Governor’s Week 2015

Caroline Malley (SEN/Child Protection Governor) – On Tuesday 22nd June I met with Colleen Doyle on SEN reforms and safeguarding practices. As the governor with special responsibilities in these areas, I met with Mrs Doyle to discuss recent changes to SEN and safeguarding practices. Mrs Doyle is a very experienced professional in these areas and presented complex information in a clear, concise way and is clearly on top of her brief. She clearly understands the needs of children under her care and is an asset to the school.

On the Wednesday I watched the Year 1 assembly. The schools second to youngest pupils presented a beautiful assembly recounting the story they had been learning about in class of Amazing Grace. Show casing their impressive reading skills and growing confidence, they are clearly flourishing under the care of their teacher Ms O’Connor and Mrs White who have clearly done a brilliant job as form teachers this year.

Sports Day on the Thursday and what an enormous pleasure to be able to share this day with pupils and parents as the children engaged excitedly in the competitions. Despite the heat of the day, the children were impeccably behaved and were clearly happy to bask in all their impressive achievements. Well done all.

 

Josephine Oranusi – Today I made another visit to the Reception class and from my last visit I noticed a lot of improvement from the children. I was amazed to see these little children construct a sentence and most of all, they were able to write a very good sentence using their phonics to spell words clearly. They were able to remember their finger spacing, knowing that they will begin a sentence with a capital letter and end with a full stop.

The one thing that surprised me was reading the beautiful stories they wrote. The children were well behaved and I will say again for that age group, a big well done to Mrs Adeyemi, she is an asset to the School.

 

Stella Oni, Literacy & Year 4 Governor - I visited School on Wednesday and it was a very uplifting experience. I was very proud of the Year 4 class. They were alert and responsive to teaching. I sat for a lesson in joined up writing and was impressed with the skills the children displayed. The religious education taught by Mr Small had a unique approach that gave me a lot of food for thought and engaged the class. I attended the school’s Achievement Assembly and watched as children including the smallest from Reception class proudly went to collect their certificates for various achievements. I then met up with Mrs Murphy whose passion for literacy made me determined to endeavour to continue to offer the school support when they require it. Mrs Murphy took me to read the writings of the Reception children displayed outside of their classroom and I was awed at the quality of writing from these little ones. She also showed me a literacy journal that tracks the work of children from Reception all the way to Year 6 by getting them to write 2 pieces a work per year. I thought this was a good thing to do as it was good to see the children’s improvement as they moved up in years and also the change in their handwriting. All in all I am very happy that I made this visit and will try to make this a regular thing. Well done Mr Small and all staff at OLOG!

 

SPRING TERM 2015:

FS2 Class Visit: Josephine Oranusi, Governor – I visited the FS2 class this morning to see how they are settling down with there work after the Christmas holiday. I was surprised to see how confident the children were with their Phonics. They started with a ‘sh’ sound and all most every one of them wrote more than 10 words with little or no mistake. The class teacher Mrs Adeyemi, is very good, patient and very energetic to handle these little children with the support staff as well, they are all doing a wonderful job. Reception class is not an easy one, considering the children’s age, but I am very impressed with their effort. I did enjoy this visit and am looking forward to more visits in the future.

 

Special Assembly on Judaism: Stella Oni, Governor - The talk of Judaism by Rabbi Rose was informative and quite fascinating! It was a good idea by the school as it would enhance the children’s knowledge when they cover this topic in class.

 

Health & Safety: Josephine Oranusi, Governor - I am really impressed with the standard of Health & Safety procedure and the professional manner to which Mrs Sully has handled issues regarding Health & Safety in the School. All areas which need to be risk assessed are up to date and actions are taken to make sure all areas and procedures and regularly updated. Staff are aware of the Health & Safety and risk management procedures in place. All documents are available and easily accessible. I will say’ well done’ to Mrs Sully and Mr Lammas for all their effort in making sure that safety is maintained.

 

Numeracy & Safeguarding: Ola Olomo, Governor - I met with Mr Sims – the Numeracy Co-ordinator who explained what was being put in place to ensure that the progress attained so far is monitored. He also informed me of the numeracy week coming up in the Spring term, which I am looking forward to attending. As the Governor with responsibility for Numeracy, I am convinced base on evidence seen, that Mr Sims is doing a great job and this is reflected in the School’s RAISEonline data.

I also met with Mrs Sully and carried out a check on the DBS register, which was all up to date. Mrs Sully continues to do a great job keeping this up to date on a constant basis.