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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 – Jayne Penston
  • Pupil Premium – Caroline Malley
  • LAC – Caroline Malley
  • Numeracy – Jenny Brown
  • Literacy – Elizabeth Palmer
  • RE – Father Hyacinth
  • Humanities - Tina Guobadia
  • Science – Brian Vallely
  • ICT  - Josephine Oranusi

 

Class Governors:

  • EYFS – Tina Guobadia
  • Yr 1 – Josephine Oranusi
  • Yr 2 – Jayne Penston
  • Yr 3 – Liz Redford
  • Yr 4 – Elizabeth Palmer
  • Yr 5 – Jenny Brown
  • Yr 6 – Brian Vallely

 

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS:

Father Hyacinth

Foundation Governor - Date of appointment: October 2018

Current term of office: October 2018 – October 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 – 1/3

Mrs Augustina Guobadia

Foundation Governor - Date of appointment: February 2012

Current term of office: May 2016 – May 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 - Date of appointmen: October 2012

Current term of office: October 2015 – October 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 - Date of appointment: February 2013

Current term of office: February 2017 – February 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 – 1/3

Mr Brian Vallely

Foundation Governor – Date of appointment: January 2019

Current term of office: January 2019 - January 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 – Date of appointment - April 2019

Current term of office: April 2019 - April 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 - Vice Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor – Date of appointmen: November 2019

Current term of office: November 2019 - November 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 Elizabeth Redford

Foundation Governor – Date of appointment: December 2019

Current term of office: December 2019 - December 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

 

Head Teacher:

Mr Sean Small

Head Governor - Date of appointment: September 2005

He serves on all 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

 

LA Governor:

Mrs Caroline Malley - Chair of Governors

LA Governor - Date of appointment: October 2013

Current term of office: October 2017 –  October 2021. Appointed through the LA. She serves on all 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

 

Parent Governors:

Mrs Jenny Brown

Parent Governor - Date of appointment: November 2019

Current term of office: November 2019 – November 2023. 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 Eniola Adeyemi

Staff Governor - Date of appointment: November 2019

Current term of office: November 2019 – July 2023. 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:

Jayne Penston, Governor

EYFS Maths Workshop - The purpose of this session was to show parents how Maths is taught, enabling to reinforce learning at home. The children were engaged and entertained. Learning about subtraction, the class supported and helped their peers throughout the session. The teacher was strong and clear and it was a most enjoyable session.

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

 

Jenny Brown, Governor

SEN Coffee Morning - The coffee morning enabled parents to chat to the SENDCO and the Educational Psychologist. Supportive and friendly environment helping parents to be part of the school.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness, Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

 

Jayne Penston, Governor 

EYFS Phonics Workshop - I was very impressed with how the teacher led the session and the tools she used to make it informative and enjoyable for the class. The children's behaviour was excellent and they knew exactly what was expected of them. There was constant support from the teacher and teaching assistant to help the children complete and achieve their task. It was wonderful to see the class support and encourage each other during the lesson. A very enjoyable session.

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

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

The Musical Showcase was a wonderful event and demonstrated the growing confidence of the children as they master their musical instruments. A fantastic spectical to behold. Well done all!.

Focus of visit: Overall Effectiveness; Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Developmet

 

Jayne Penston, Governor 

On Monday 2nd December I attended the EYFS & KS1 Christmas Performance. The performances from all of the children were outstanding! Clear, confident and involved in their characters, they were wonderful. The children had been well prepared and sat perfectly until it was their turn to perform. I was very impressed with them all - well done!

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

 

Maria-Christina Eskioglou (Responsibility - SEND & Year 5 Governor)

On Thursday 21st November I met with Olivia Gisby, the school’s SEND lead to discuss the progress of SEND pupils in school and the issues that we are facing as our school grows. I was told that there are currently 24 pupils on the SEND register and a number of pupils that also require some additional support  

A lot of the 24 pupils have an Educational and Health Care Plan (EHCP) in school, with a number of further requests for EHCPs submitted to the LA. Miss Gisby is currently preparing more applications and awaiting for the LA assessments. 

In the most recent governors meeting the Head presented the Summer Term data showing the impact of support and interventions over the last year. Overall there were learning gains and significant progress made by most pupils. Over the course of the current year we will also be looking at achievement in more detail by year groups. 

Miss Gisby explained how the school will be moving forward with training and working with all the teachers so that SEND pupils are given more support in class. Training is planned to take place early in 2020 and I will also be attending to gain a better understanding of the requirements on our teachers.

Overall the work that Miss Gisby and the rest of the teachers and teaching assistants are undertaking is truly remarkable. The progress of the children is great. At a time when funding restraints are intensifying and our SEND register is growing Miss Gisby and the entire workforce at the school are going to great lengths to ensure that children achieve so well requiring a lot of personal time and dedication. As a parent and member of the governing body I have and will continue to thank and appreciate all the efforts by the SEND lead and her team. 

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

 

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