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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

Governors Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Safeguarding – Caroline Malley
  • SEND – Maria-Christina Eskioglou
  • Pupil Premium – Caroline Malley
  • LAC – Caroline Malley
  • Numeracy - Jayne Penston
  • Literacy – Elizabeth Palmer
  • RE – Father Hyacinth
  • Humanities - Tina Guobadia
  • Science – Brian Vallely
  • ICT  - Josephine Oranusi

 

Class Governors:

  • EYFS – Tina Guobadia / Jayne Penston
  • Yr 1 – Josephine Oranusi
  • Yr 2 – Jayne Penston
  • Yr 3 – Elizabeth Palmer
  • Yr 4 – Anna Sully 
  • Yr 5 – Maria-Christina Eskioglou
  • Yr 6 – Brian Vallely

 

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS:

Father Hyacinth

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 8/10/2022), 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 – 2/3

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 – 2/3

Mrs Josephine Oranusi

Foundation Governor (expiry of current term – 28/2/2021), 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 – 2/3

Mr Brian Vallely

Foundation Governor – (expiry of current term 4/1/2023), appointed by the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission. He serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources and Finance & Personnel Committees. There are no relevant business/pecuniary interests, or staff/governor relationships.  Attendance for Full Governors meetings - 3/3

Mrs Elizabeth Palmer

Foundation Governor – (expiry of current term 4/4/2023), 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 - 3/3

Mrs Jayne Penston

Foundation Governor – (expiry of current term 4/11/2023), 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 - 1/1

 

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:

Mrs Caroline Malley - Chair of Governors

LA Governor (expiry of current term – 14/10/2021), appointed through the parent election process. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources. Admissions & Pay Committees and is responsible for Safeguarding 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

 

Parent Governors:

Ms Maria-Christina Eskioglou

Parent Governor (expiry of current term – 20/11/2020), appointed through the parent election process. She serves on the Achievement & Standards, Resources & Pay 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

 

Staff Governor:

Mrs Anna Sully

Staff Governor (expiry of current term – 13/7/2022), 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

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-20:

Caroline Malley (Responsibility - Safeguarding & EYFS/Year 2 Governor)

I came in to the School to meet with Anna Sully - one of the School's Designated Safeguarding Leads - do discuss all aspects of safeguarding and to review the Single Central Record. I also reviewed the School's latest Safeguarding Audit report which was very comprehensive and discussd any required points for action. 

Overall it is clear that the school performs an excellent role in it duty of care to the children and executes its safeguarding responsibilities diligently. I have great confidence that the required checks are being carried out and that this is an exceptionally safe environment for the children.

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

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19:

Caroline Malley (Responsibility - Safeguarding & EYFS/Year 2 Governor)

Musical Showcase -  It was absolutely fantastic to see so many children learning an instrument under the excellent supervision of Steve McHiggins and his son Alex. They were all engaged and enthused and the smiles barely left their faces as the children demonstrated the mastery of their instruments, including guitar and piano. The school band was also incredible! Well done all.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Asessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

 

Caroline Malley (Responsibility - Safeguarding & EYFS/Year 2 Governor)

Leavers' Events - I had the pleasure to attend a series of Year 6 leaving events, including the leavers' assembly and end of year performance. It was fantastic to see the incredible development of the oldest children in the school since joining in Reception. The children were confident, articulate and enthusiastic and demonstrated all the exemplary attitudes that will prepare them well for their transition to secondary school.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Asessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

 

Elizabeth Palmer (Responsibility - Literacy &Year 3 Governor) - Governor's Week

The day was well organised and good safeguarding practices were in evidence. The children enjoyed the experience and all adults on the trip had a good understanding of their responsibilities.

Clear risk assessment was undertaken. Clear detailed briefing of parents accompanying on the trip was done before leaving. Safeguarding practices were carried out on site at the beach.

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

 

Caroline Malley (Responsibility - Safeguarding & EYFS/Year 2 Governor) - Governor's Week

I spent the day in school and observed lessons in EYFS, Year 6 and Year 4. In each of the classes there was powerful learning going on - the children were engaged and well behaved and more importantly happily working on the tasks set. 

In EYFS, the children were clearly engaged in their counting tasks and able to count objects up to 30 in some cases, which is a brilliant achievement.

The quality of teaching in the classes I observed was excellent. I came away from the school feeling very confident in the overall effectiveness in the school.

As part of termly safeguarding, I checked the Single Central Record.

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

 

Brian Vallely (Responsibility- Science & Year 4 Governor) - Governor's Week

I visited Year 5 class maths lesson including explanation of consecutive numbers followed by a creative bridge building exercise involving measurement and calculation. The teacher worked well to ensure maximum participation in the learning process and the great majority of children were engaged. Some good ideas in the bridge exercise showing good thought and understanding on the part of the pupils. Good classroom control and no indication of poor behaviour. Care taken to reinforce health & safety precautions in the use of scissors and paper cutter. Good fun and a productive lesson.

I then visited Year 1 St John Bosco for another maths lesson focusing on positioned language. Well ordered class and again ensuring maximum participation by the pupils. Learning games enjoyed by all the children and a good understanding of the concept of position. Children were able to reason and argue their case in their choice of answer, showing good developmental work undertaken. Very good teaching and learning going on in the room.

In the afternoon I attended Yesr 2 class and listened to two pupils reading - both did very well. I promised to return and listen to more!

Then it was the EYFS & KS1 Sports Day. All the children were really enthusiastic in taking part and most were ambitious for their own achievements.

A thoroughly enjoyable day in school!

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

 

Maria-Christina Eskioglou (SEN Governor)

I had a meeting with Olivia Gisby, the School's SENCO, as part of my overall SEN responsibilities. We discussed the pupils on the register and the children that are receiving additional support in several areas. We discussed the different interventions and their overall effectiveness. We also discussed some case studies and examined the progress those children are making and scrutinised how the SEN funding is being used to support those pupils.

 

SUMMER TERM 2018:

Tina Guobadia, Governors' week visit:

I was very excited to see all the children working on their phonics in class today. I was very happy to see the pupils in reception working in an interactive and engaged session. I am impressed with the high expectations Mrs Eniola Adeyemi has for the pupils. They were all very well behaved and listened well, answering questions brilliantly in St Francis and St Bernadette.

The stimulating environment and use of praise.

I also had a brief opportunity to see the children in St Bernadette’s class, where impressive writing was taking place with Miss Gavure.

Overall, I was once again reminded of the brilliant work of all the teachers and support staff. Well done and thank you all.

 

Maria-Christina Eskioglou, Governors' week visit: On Tuesday 26th June I visited the school to see some of the great work that the teachers and all the staff are doing in person. I started the day by interviewing new teaching assistants and I was very impressed with the calibre of applicants. I continued my visit by spending some time in reception in the St Francis class where the children were learning about 2D and 3D shapes. Many of the children showed me their work and answered my questions very enthusiastically. I continued my visit in Year 3 where the children were learning how to change sentences into the passive tense. Again, the children were very engaged and knowledgeable. I continued by visiting all the other classes to see the children in Year 1 writing letters and the Year 2 perfecting their handwriting. I was then very pleasantly surprised by Year 6 who kindly performed part of the play they are working on for the leavers assembly which was superb. I finished my day off by having lunch with St David’s class who kindly allowed me to sit with them and who did not stop asking me interesting and insightful questions. Once again, I was struck by how hard the staff work behind the scenes in order to ensure that the children at Our Lady of Grace are happy and excel academically and by how utterly amazing the children are.

 

SPRING TERM 2018:

Year 1 Environmental Centre

On Monday 5 February I accompanied the Year 1 students on their trip to the Environmental Centre. The children were very excited and looking forward to the trip. They were all very well behaved and listened well, answering questions brilliantly and making sure that the whole day was smooth and very interactive. I was assigned the fabulous yellow team to look after and they explained many things to me including why the most important thing we can do to save our planet is to reduce, then to reuse and finally to recycle. The children got the opportunity to recycle old newspaper into new colourful paper that included fallen leaves, which was very enjoyable. Ms Kelly, Mrs Evans and Ms Golub did a brilliant job with the children and have clearly taught the children very well as the children demonstrated incredible knowledge on the subject of looking after the earth and recycling. Finally, on our journey back to the school the St David’s class was in high spirits as they sang songs from their previous assemblies. Once again I was left reflecting on how proud I was to be accompanying a class of such well-behaved and curious young children. Thank you St David’s class!

 

AUTUMN TERM 2017:

Humanities

Maria-Christina Eskioglou: Having recently been appointed parent governor and taken responsibility for Humanities I arranged to visit the school. The Headmaster gave me a tour and introduced me to the newly appointed teachers. I was very excited to see all the children working in their classes and on their various projects. I was very impressed to see the Year 4 pupils working on their Ancient Greece projects in a very animated and engaged way. I also took this opportunity to meet with Ms Jane Norman, who has overall responsibility over the Humanities curriculum. We discussed her plans for all the students and decided to add to the curriculum a semester on democracy and explore further options to expand the science and inventors subjects to include a few female scientists. Overall I was once again reminded of the exceptional work of all the teachers, support staff and of course the students. I was very impressed with how open Ms Norman was to my suggestions and just how varied the Humanities curriculum is.

Focus of Visit: Overall Effectiveness; Quality of Teaching and Learning

 

Christmas Musical Showcase

The children have clearly worked incredibly hard on their musical showcase this autumn term and produced a wonderful concert for parents and the entire school to enjoy. It's wonderful to see so many children learning an instrument - a skill that will stay with them for life - and appearing to revel in it. "Last Christmas" was a clear favourite among pupils and the tribute to George Michael was particularly moving.

Steve Mac never fails to capture their imagination and the children so obviously love his lessons. He and his son deserve huge congratulations for the important role they play in the school and ensuring it had a strong musical tradition. I am looking forward to next year already. Caroline Malley, Chair of Governors

 

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.