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Scheme of Delegation

Scheme of Delegation (last updated September 2017)

Introduction

The scheme has been developed to clarify the responsibilities and powers of governors and members of staff employed at the school in respect of key aspects of the management of the school and to ensure compliance with the articles of association. The delegations set out in this scheme are delegated to the specified committees of the governing body and post holders employed at the school.

Delegations cannot be exercised other than by the designated person or committee unless otherwise directed or agreed by the governing body. In the absence or incapacity of the Headteacher, the delegations stand delegated to the Deputy Headteacher unless otherwise directed or agreed by the governing body.  In the absence or incapacity of a post holder other than the Headteacher, the delegations stand delegated to the Headteacher unless otherwise directed or agreed by the governing body.

Instead of exercising her/his delegated powers a post holder or committee may refer the matter to the appropriate committee or governing body. The scheme will be reviewed at the first meeting in each academic year and is made without prejudice to the powers and duties of the governing body and its committees.

All governors and committees follow the principles of Best Value and are committed to equal opportunities for all.

Quorum

The quorum for any governing body meeting is one third (rounded up to a whole number) of the governing body.  Articles 114 to 116 list circumstances for which different quorums apply.

The quorum for any committee meeting is three governors or committee members or, if greater, one third of the committee. In the event of there being fewer than three serving members of a committee, the quorum shall be all the members of that committee.

Every question to be decided at a governing body and committee meeting will be determined by a majority of votes of those governors and committee members present and entitled to vote.  If there is an equal number of votes, the chair (or the person acting as chair provided that they are a governor) has a second, or casting vote.  Votes may only be taken at committee meetings if the majority of members of the committee present are governors.

The Governing Body of The Swanage School

Chair: Amanda Rowley

Vice Chair: Tim Marcus

Clerk to the Governors: Sue Fletcher

Education Swanage Governors Term Expires
Geoff Atkinson  2020
Nick Brady 2021
Jules Daulby 2021
William Knight 2019
Tim Marcus 2019
Nicola Newman 2020
Amanda Rowley 2018
Al Stephens 2021
Catherine Starmer-Howes 2018
Carl Styants 2020
Isobel Tooley  2018

(The term of office for governors elected by the members of Education Swanage will run until the Annual General Meeting of members in the appropriate year, during which they will be replaced or re-elected).       

Parent Governors Term Expires
Mark Hatto  31/01/2020

      

Staff Governors Term Expires
Nicky Taylor (Staff Governor)  11/04/2020

 

Ex Officio Governors Term Expires
Tristram Hobson (Headteacher) ex officio

TOTAL NUMBER OF GOVERNORS = 14

Powers to be exercised only by the Full Governing Body

  • appointment/dismissal of Headteacher

  • appointment/dismissal of Deputy Headteacher

  • appointment/dismissal of Business Manager

  • agree limits of delegation

  • appoint Accounting Officer

  • appoint Responsible Officer

  • set times for the school day and dates for school holidays

  • agree arrangements for the prohibition of political indoctrination

  • approve school budget

  • approve annual

    • financial report

    • DfE returns

    • report to parents

  • approve policies for

    • special educational needs & disability (SEND) 

    • child protection (safeguarding)

    • supporting students with medical conditions

    • admission arrangements

    • complaints

  • (all other policies may be delegated)

  • ratify the Pay Policy

  • regulate governing body procedures including

  • agree committee structure

  • delegate powers to committees

  • appoint committee members

  • appoint chairs and vice chairs of the governing body and committees (once a year)

  • receive reports from committees

  • appoint/dismiss the clerk to the governors

  • co-opt governors

  • appoint associates

  • appoint nominated governors including

    • SEN Governor

    • Safeguarding Governor

    • Health and Safety Governor

  • set, publish and monitor targets for student attainment 

  • receive, agree and monitor progress against school development plan

  • receive, and agree School Evaluation Form (or equivalent document)

  • receive and consider Ofsted reports

  • receive and consider reports from

    • auditors

    • school improvement partners

 

Chair's Action

The Chair of Governors has delegated power to make decisions on any matter where delay is likely to be seriously detrimental to:

  • the school

  • a pupil or prospective pupil at the school

  • a pupil’s carer(s) and/or family

  • a person who works at the school

  • public welfare

  • the prevention or detection of crime

  • the capture or prosecution of offenders

In the absence of the chair such decision may be made by the Vice Chair of Governors. Chair’s action must be reported back to governors no later than the next meeting of the full governing body.

 

List of Governors’ Committees

Regular

  • Community & Engagement Committee

  • Student Committee

  • Finance & Premises Committee (incl. Audit Committee)

  • Staffing Committee

As Required

  • Student Admissions Panel

  • Student Exclusion Panel & Exclusion Review Panel

  • Staff Grievance and Staff Dismissal Appeal Panel

  • Complaints Panel

 

Membership of Governors’ Committee

 

Community & Engagement Committee Finance & Premises Committee
Mark Hatto Geoff Atkinson
Tristram Hobson Tristram Hobson
Tim Marcus William Knight (Chair)
Nicola Newman (Chair) Tim Marcus
Amanda Rowley Amanda Rowley
Carl Styants Catherine Starmer-Howes
  Isobel Tooley

 

Student Committee Staffing Committee
Nick Brady Geoff Atkinson
Jules Daulby Mark Hatto
Tristram Hobson Tristram Hobson 
Alison Stephens William Knight
Nicky Taylor Catherine Starmer-Howes
Isobel Tooley (Chair) Carl Styants (Chair)

 

Terms of Reference

The following outlines the terms of reference for each panel/committee.

 

Governors’ Community & Engagement Committee

Composition and Membership

Minimum of 3 Governors including the Headteacher (as elected by the governing body) with the Clerk to the Governors, Deputy Headteacher and Business Manager in attendance

Quorum

3 governors

Chairing Arrangements

Chair elected annually in September by the full governing body

Frequency of Meetings

Minimum of 3 per year

Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Minutes taken by the Clerk to the Governors. Reports to the full governing body

Areas of Responsibility

See below

Delegated Decision Making Powers

See below

 

 

Overview

  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of marketing, communication and engagement with:

    • parents

    • prospective parents

    • prospective students

    • feeder schools

    • local community

    • employers and business leaders

    • community and volunteer groups

    • local organisations (e.g Town Council, Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust)

    • colleges and universities

  • To monitor and evaluate admission targets

  • To monitor how well the school and its brand are marketed, with reference to the school’s publicity, public presentation and relationship with the wider community

  • To contribute to the community, engagement and marketing components of the School Development Plan and to monitor its implementation

  • To have oversight of the marketing plan, its targets and success criteria

  • To receive reports from the Headteacher and other staff on the delivery of engagement and marketing activities

  • To receive and consider reports from the school on how the school meets the requirements of disability discrimination legislation to ensure that disabled users of the school’s facilities are treated no less favourably than others

  • To receive reports and survey results on community use of the buildings and facilities

  • To have oversight of the school’s website

  • To have responsibility for engaging with, and the engagement of, Education Swanage members including arrangements for the Annual General Meeting

  • To advise the Finance & Premises Committee on relative funding priorities necessary to delivery effective marketing and engagement activities

  • To establish working parties as it sees fit, to report to each of its meetings

  • To report to the full governing body on each of its meetings

When carrying out its delegated responsibilities, the committee will aim to make recommendations and decisions that help The Swanage School to achieve its stated aim of having relationships at the heart of the school and the school at the heart of the community. It will aim to ensure The Swanage School fulfils its ambitions of:

  • ensuring every student in its learning community fully realises their potential

  • engaging the whole of Swanage as a learning community in raising aspirations and achievement

  • involving employers, businesses, community and volunteer groups as its partners in education, skills and training

  • aiming to enable the Swanage community to enjoy a wide range of learning opportunities in a state-of-the-art environment

Head (with SLT)
  • To have overall responsibility for marketing & engagement

  • To set priorities for the marketing plan

  • To set targets for admissions

  • To set budgets for marketing & engagement activities

  • To identify and celebrate the school’s achievements

  • To ensure that parents evenings and educational visits for prospective parents and students take place

  • To ensure that the school is represented at key community events

  • To ensure that the school meets the requirements of disability discrimination legislation to ensure that disabled users of the school’s facilities are treated no less favourably than others

  • To delegate functions effectively

Clerk to the Governors
  • To make practical arrangements for the Annual General Meeting of Education Swanage

Governing Body
  • To receive reports and recommendations from the committee

 

Governors’ Students Committee

Composition & Membership

Minimum of 3 governors including the Headteacher (as elected by FGB) with the Clerk to the Governors and Deputy Headteacher in attendance.

Quorum

3 governors

Chairing Arrangements

Chair elected annually in September by FGB.

Frequency of Meetings

Minimum of 3 per year.

Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Minutes taken by the Clerk of Governors.

Areas of Responsibility

See table below

Delegated decision making powers

See table below

 

Overview

  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of improvement plans which relate to the committee’s area of operation

  • To agree the relevant annual Key Stage targets for pupil achievement, and report these to the full governing body

  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of quality of teaching on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement

  • To monitor and evaluate rates of progress and standards of achievement by pupils, including any underachieving groups, disadvantaged groups or vulnerable groups

  • To advise the governing body on its statutory obligations regarding the implementation of the National Curriculum (where the schools has decided to implement it) and to review, monitor and evaluate the curriculum offer

  • To contribute to the curriculum component of the School Development Plan and to monitor its implementation

  • To regularly review and contribute to the development of the policies that fall under the remit of the committee and to hold the Senior Leadership Team to account in ensuring that the policies are operating effectively. This will include but is not limited to:

    • the policy and provision for religious education and collective worship

    • the policy and provision for sex and relationships education

    • the policy for behaviour and exclusions

  • With the assistance of staff, to provide information on how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced

  • To receive reports from the Headteacher and other staff on the delivery of the curriculum, including testing and assessment arrangements, and to review the published information about school performance

  • To ensure that the requirements for children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) are met as laid out in the Code of Practice, and receive termly reports from the Headteacher/SENCO and an annual report from the SEN Governor

  • To receive and consider reports from the school about how the school meets the requirements of disability discrimination legislation, and on measures taken by the school to ensure that pupils with disabilities are treated no less favourably than other pupils

  • To monitor and evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable children (e.g. looked after children) and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed

  • To consider the Headteacher’s statement on pupil discipline, including a policy for the exclusion of pupils

  • To consider the Headteacher’s recommendations on pastoral care, pupil welfare, homework, the dress and appearance of pupils, and pupils’ health and safety (excluding those aspects of health and safety that are covered by the Finance & Premises Committee)

  • To advise the Finance & Premises Committee on the relative funding priorities necessary to deliver the curriculum

  • To report to the full governing body at each of its meetings.

When carrying out its delegated responsibilities, the committee will aim to make recommendations and decisions that help The Swanage School to fulfil its charter:

The Swanage School is a human scale school with an innovative, intellectually challenging curriculum where:

  • Excellence is central to teaching and learning

  • It is a pleasure to teach and learn

  • Every student’s needs are understood and catered for

  • Students are known and treated as individuals

  • Students are encouraged to take responsibility

  • All aspects of development are encouraged: Intellectual, Physical, Creative, Emotional, Moral, and Spiritual

  • All students engage in The Swanage School Challenge curriculum extension programme

  • Students’ positive experiences of school extend into their adult lives

  • Behaviour is characterised by respect for others and the environment

  • Staff are supported through continuing professional development

  • Parents and local residents are welcomed as partners in learning

  • Horizons and global awareness are broadened through national and international partnerships

Head (with SLT)
  • To consider recommendations from external reviews of the school (e.g. Ofsted or local school improvement advisers), agree actions as a result of reviews and evaluate regularly the implementation of the plan

  • To identify and celebrate pupil achievements

  • To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator

  • To ensure that all children have equal opportunities

  • To ensure that the school meets the requirements of disability discrimination legislation, and to report on measures taken by the school to ensure that pupils with disabilities are treated no less favourably than other pupils, and to report at least annually to the Student Committee

  • To ensure that policies are implemented effectively

Head & Chair of Governors
  •  To set priorities for improvement

  •     To recommend for approval to the full governing body the:

    • self-evaluation form

    • School Development Plan

    • targets for school/academy improvement to the governing body

Governing Body
  • To receive reports and recommendations from the Student Committee

  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and management

 

Governors’ Finance & Premises Committee

Composition & Membership

Minimum of 3 governors including the Headteacher (as elected by FGB) with the Clerk to the Governors and The School Business Manager in attendance.

Quorum

3 governors

Chairing Arrangements

Chair elected annually in September by FGB.

Frequency of Meetings

Minimum of 3 per year.

Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Minutes taken by the Clerk of Governors.

Areas of Responsibility

See table below

Delegated decision making powers

See table below

 

1. Issues Relating to Finance

Head
  • The Headteacher is the Accounting Officer

  • Oversee general expenditure during year and authorise major expenditure in line with delegated financial authority

Signatories as approved by FGB

  • Designate signatories for banking

Headteacher with Chair of Finance Committee

  • Oversee general expenditure during year and authorise major expenditure in line with delegated financial authority

School Business Manager

  • Prepare 3 year budget with reference to School Progress Plan

  • Administer, collate and report financial information

  • Ensure accurate accounts are kept in line with company and charitable legislation

  • Prepare management accounts and reports on a monthly basis

  • Send budget analysis to committee monthly

  • Operate day-to-day within agreed financial procedures

  • Make recommendations and proposals for virements

  • Check budget information received from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and initiate queries

  • Consider year-end over/under-spend impact on budget planning

  • Incorporate projected local income into budget planning

  • Designate signatories for banking

  • Ensure payroll procedures are carried out efficiently and effectively

  • Ensure tendering procedures are followed

Head and Chair of Finance Committee

  • Decide on major virements

Finance & Premises Committee

To make delegated decisions and where appropriate to make recommendations to the full governing body so as to ensure sound management of the school’s finances and resources.  To keep the full governing body informed of decisions made and to make recommendations in a timely manner. The committee has delegated powers on financial, building and environmental matters unless otherwise stated.  The committee is authorised:

  • To consider the school's indicative funding, notified annually by the DfE, and to assess its implications for the school, in consultation with the Headteacher, in advance of the financial year, drawing any matters of significance or concern to the attention of the governing body

  • To consider and recommend acceptance/non-acceptance of the academy's budget, at the start of each financial year

  • To contribute to the formulation of the school’s development plan, through the consideration of financial priorities and proposals, in consultation with the headteacher, with the stated and agreed aims and objectives of the school

  • To receive and make recommendations on the broad budget headings and areas of expenditure to be adopted each year, including the level and use of any contingency fund or balances, ensuring the compatibility of all such proposals with the development priorities set out in the development plan

  • To liaise with and receive reports from other committees, as appropriate, and to make recommendations to those committees about the financial aspects of matters being considered by them

  • To monitor and review expenditure on a regular basis and ensure compliance with the overall financial plan for the academy, and with the financial regulations of the DfE, drawing any matters of concern to the attention of the governing body

  • To monitor and review policies and procedures for ensuring the effective implementation and operation of financial practice, on a regular basis, including the implementation of bank account arrangements and where appropriate to make arrangements for improvement

  • To prepare the financial statement to form part of the annual report of the governing body to parents and for filing in accordance with Companies Act and Charity Commission requirements and prepare any other financial document as may be required from time to time by the DfE or other statutory body

  • To receive auditors’ reports and to recommend to the full governing body action as appropriate in response to audit findings

  • To recommend to the full governing body the appointment or reappointment of the auditors of the academy

  • To approve delegated financial authority limits for the headteacher and staff, to approve any expenditure that is beyond these limits so long as it is within the current agreed budget and to make recommendation to the governing body when proposed expenditure cannot be catered for within the current agreed budget

  • To ensure that best financial value is obtained including effective oversight of the procurement process

  • Where appropriate, to provide guidance to the governing body on financial, premises and environmental matters

  • To monitor and review policies and procedures for ensuring the effective implementation and operation of premises, grounds and the related environment with particular regard to matters security, health and safety and where appropriate to make arrangements for improvement

  • To monitor and review financial, building and environmental risk registers ensuring that appropriate actions are identified and implemented

  • To ensure that appropriate insurances are in place

  • To approve and monitor arrangements for recording assets

Governing Body

  • Approve budget

  • Approve income generation activities in keeping with school ethos and policies

  • Produce governors’ report as part of annual company accounts

  • Approve major expenditure in line with delegated financial authority

  • Appointment of auditors and Responsible Officer

 

2. Issues Relating to Premises

Head (with SLT)

  • Authorise emergency repairs in line with delegated financial authority

  • Award contracts for repairs/maintenance in line with delegated financial authority

School Business Manager

  • Carry out and monitor policy on health and safety

  • Ensure site is free from litter and refuse

  • Authorise emergency repairs in line with delegated financial authority

  • Monitor state of buildings and traffic management on site

  • Formulate repair and maintenance budget as a rolling programme

  • Seek and establish approved ground contractors

  • Prepare monthly budget statement for repair and maintenance

  • Propose phased strategy for improvements to general standard of premises

  • Award contracts for repairs/maintenance in line with delegated financial authority

Finance & Premises Committee

  • Ensure site, buildings, equipment and materials are safe and no risk to health

  • Ensure external repairs and alterations are carried out

  • Control use of premises in accordance with the Lettings Policy

  • Prepare and implement health and safety policies

  • Monitor monthly budget statement for repair and maintenance

  • Agree priority list for repairs/maintenance

  • Agree phased strategy for improvements to general standard of premises and accessibility

  • Review Asset Management Plan

  • Ensure buildings insurance is adequate

  • Ensure quality control procedures are in place and carried out effectively

  • Approve traffic management strategy

  • Monitor relevant aspects of School Development Plan

  • Approve health and safety, lettings and other premises policies and related procedures

  • Ensure tendering procedures are followed

Governing Body

  • Receive reports from the Finance & Premises Committee

 

3. Issues Relating to the Audit Function

Head

The Headteacher is the Accounting Officer and takes personal responsibility (which must not be delegated) for assuring the governing body that there is compliance with the Handbook, the FA and all relevant aspects of company and charitable law.  The Accounting Officer is personally responsible to parliament and the Accounting Officer at the EFA for the resources under their control and must be able to assure parliament and the public of high standards of probity in the management of public funds.

Head and Chair of the Audit Committee

  • Review reports from the Responsible Officer on financial risks and controls

School Business Manager

  • Propose a programme of work to address any issues raised in reports by the auditors

Audit Committee

  • Review the risks to internal financial control at The Swanage School and within Education Swanage

  • Agree and monitor a programme of work that will address these risks, inform the statement of internal control and, so far as is possible, provide assurance to the external auditors

  • Review the appointment and remuneration of the external auditor and the nature and scope of the statutory audit

  • Review the recommendation of audited financial statements to the board and the discussion of issues raised in the external auditor’s management letter

  • Review all reports prepared by the external auditor and agree the programme of work proposed by the Business Manager to address issues raised

  • In reviewing the risks to internal financial control, the Audit Committee will refer to the main types of financial control that are set out in the Charity Commission publication CC8 - Internal Financial Controls For Charities, as well as to the Financial Procedures of Education Swanage Ltd. The Audit Committee is authorised to obtain appropriate external professional advice in order to fulfil its responsibility to the governing body.

  • The Audit Committee is authorised to investigate on behalf of the governing body anything that threatens or adversely affects the accomplishment of the governing body’s aims and objectives, its assets, the reliability of all records and information, and its compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies and its governing instruments.

Governing Body

  • The existence, constitution, membership and the terms of reference for this committee shall be reviewed at least once in every 12 months.

  • At the full governing body meeting on 21st September 2016, it was agreed that for the time being, the functions of the Audit Committee would be covered by the Finance & Premises Committee, and the Responsible Officer should be on the Finance & Premises Committee. Such decision to be reviewed annually or sooner if the Responsible Officer resigns or is changed.

 

Governors’ Staffing Committee

Composition & Membership

Minimum of 3 governors including the Headteacher (as elected by FGB) with the Clerk to the Governors and The School Business Manager in attendance.

Quorum

3 governors

Chairing Arrangements

Chair appointed annually in September by FGB.

Frequency of Meetings

Minimum of 3 per year.

Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Minutes taken by the Clerk of Governors.

Areas of Responsibility

See table below

Delegated decision making powers

See table below

 

Overview

The committee will comprise at least three governors including the Headteacher.  The Chair will be elected by the full governing body. The Clerk to the Governors will also attend meetings, as will others by invitation, such as the Business Manager.

The quorum for voting is three members.

The Staffing Committee will:

  • Establish performance management policy and review and approve performance management policy annually

  • Recommend staff pay policy to governors

  • In conjunction with the Finance & Premises Committee, approve changes to pay structures and scales, and individual salary increases for staff appointed by the full governing body

  • Establish and oversee a panel for the Headteacher’s performance management

  • Monitor any aspects of School plans relevant to staffing

  • Decide on policy for use of supply teachers, cover supervisors and unqualified teachers

  • Have oversight of all policies and processes used for the recruitment, retention and development of the staff of the School

The Staffing Committee is a sub-committee of the full governing body and will report its actions and findings to the full governing body once each term, or more frequently if circumstances merit.

The existence, constitution, membership and the terms of reference for this committee shall be reviewed at least once in every 12 months.

Head (with SLT)

Deployment

Planning overall strategy for staff deployment – teaching, non-teaching, full, part-time posts

 

Recruitment and Appointment

  • Arranging for short listing and interviewing of candidates (except Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Business Manager)

  • Considering further options as opportunities arise – creation/deletion of posts

  • Arranging for confirmation of selection panel decisions

 

Induction

  • Deciding on strategies for the continuing development of staff for their own and the school’s benefit

  • Drawing up job/person specifications

  • Drawing up/placing advertisement

  • Undertake safer recruitment training in line with national/local authority guidelines

Head (with Committee)

 
  • Procedure with regard to statutory obligations, conditions of service

  • Monitoring staffing issues within School Progress Plan

 

Remuneration

  • Making recommendations on a pay policy which will apply to all members of staff (except the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Business Manager), involving criteria to be used and procedures to be followed

 

Recruitment

  • Undertake safer recruitment training in line with national/local authority guidelines

Staffing Committee

 
  • With the Chair of the Governing Body, arranging for short listing and interviewing for the position of Headteacher, recommending an appointment to the full governing body

  • With the Chair of the Governing Body and the Headteacher (who should have a veto) arranging for the short listing and interviewing for the senior leadership positions of Deputy Headteacher and Business Manager

  • Establish performance management policy and review and approve performance management policy annually

  • In conjunction with Finance & Premises Committee approve recommendations for pay progression

  • Setting up a panel for the Headteacher’s performance management

  • Recommend staff pay policy to governors

  • Monitor relevant aspects of School Progress Plan

  • Adopting and monitoring the governors staffing procedures for all members of staff

  • Deciding on policy for use of supply teachers, cover supervisors and unqualified teachers

  • Leave of absence for Headteacher delegated to the Chair of the Governing Body

Governing Body

Procedures

  • Setting up a Staffing Panel:
 

(Grievance)

  • for hearing employees’ grievances/complaints  as provided for in the Grievance Procedure
 

(Discipline)

  • for holding disciplinary interviews as provided for in the Disciplinary Procedure

 

(Termination of Employment)

  • for hearing termination of employment cases as provided for in the Termination of Employment Procedure for appointment, dismissal or suspension of Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Business Manager

 

(Appeals)

  • Setting up an Appeals Panel as necessary:

    • for hearing appeals as provided for under Staffing Procedures

 

Remuneration

  • Ratifying a Pay Policy

 

Governors’ Student Exclusion Panel and Exclusion Review Panel

Composition and Membership of the Exclusions and Exclusion Appeals Panel

The Chair of Governors and two governors appointed by the Chair.  

Other attendees to be invited in accordance with the DfE guidance (below).  

Where either the Chair of Governors or the Headteacher are not available then the Vice Chair or Deputy Headteacher will make the relevant appointments.  

The appointed governors must have had no previous formal involvement in the specific incident which is to be reviewed.  If the normal appointee has been previously involved in the process then the appointment will be made by the Chair, Vice Chair or the Clerk as appropriate.

Quorum for the Exclusions or Exclusions Appeal Panel

Three governors with other attendees as required by the DfE Guidance (below)

Chairing Arrangements

Agreed at start of meeting

Frequency of Meetings

As required

Evidence, Information, Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Where the governing body is legally required to consider the decision of the Headteacher to exclude a pupil they should where possible, circulate any written evidence and information, including a list of those who will be present, to all parties at least five school days in advance of the meeting

Minutes of the meeting must be taken.

If possible, the minutes should be taken by the Clerk to the Governors.

Minutes should be made available to all parties on request.

Areas of Responsibility

See table below

Delegated Decision Making Powers

See table below

 

Head

Exclusions

Exclude a pupil for one or more fixed terms (not exceeding 45 days in total in a year) or to permanently exclude  a student.

   

To notify relevant parties of exclusions made:

  • The head teacher must, without delay, notify parents of the period of the exclusion and the reasons for it (and must provide parents with certain information – see DfE Guidance below).

  • The Headteacher must, without delay, notify the governing body (specifically the Chair of the Exclusions Panel and the Chair of Governors) and the local authority of: 

    • a permanent exclusion (including where a fixed period exclusion is made permanent)

    • exclusions which would result in the pupil being excluded for more than five school days (or more than ten lunchtimes) in a term; and 

    • exclusions which would result in the pupil missing a public examination or national curriculum test

  • For all other exclusions the head teacher must notify the local authority and governing body (specifically the Chair of the Exclusions Panel and the Chair of Governors) once a term. 

  • Notifications must include the reasons for the exclusion and the duration of any fixed period exclusion 

  • For a permanent exclusion, if the pupil lives outside the local authority in which the school is located, the head teacher must also advise the pupil’s ‘home authority’ of the exclusion without delay.

Governors

Exclusions and Exclusion Reviews

The panel has three jobs (summarised in Annex A of the DfE guidance) and a notification duty.

  • To consider (within 15 school days of receipt of the exclusion notice) reinstatement of excluded students where the exclusion is permanent OR the exclusion would result in the student missing a public exam or National Curriculum Test

  • To consider reinstatement requests from parents for exclusions which would take the student’s total days of exclusion above 5 days for the term

  • To consider representations made by parents for exclusions which would not take the student’s total days of exclusion above 5 days for the term (but there is no power to overturn the head teacher’s decision in these cases)

  • To notify the appropriate parties after considering such cases (see section 6.3 of the DfE guidance)

The panel will also:

  • On behalf of the Academy Trust, arrange an independent review panel to review their decision if an application is made within the applicable time limits (this will be via the Legal, Democratic & Strategy Department, Borough of Poole, or such other party that may be contracted to provide independent review panel services)

 

Managed Transfer Reviews

On receipt of a request from parents/carers:

  • To consider the parents'/carers' views on whether the school has followed the procedures set out in the Behaviour & Exclusions Policy in arranging a permanent managed transfer.

Guidance 

Exclusions and Exclusion Reviews

The Headteacher and panel will follow DfE guidance on exclusions from academies in England:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-exclusion

 

Governors’ Student Admissions Panel

Composition and Membership

Two governors appointed by the Chair of Governors and one member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) appointed by the Headteacher.  Where either the Chair of Governors or the Headteacher are not available then the Vice Chair or Deputy Headteacher will make the relevant appointments.  Both those appointing and appointed must have had no previous formal involvement in the specific incident which is to be reviewed.  If the normal appointee has been previously involved in the process then the appointment will be made by the Vice Chair, Deputy Headteacher or the Clerk as appropriate.

Quorum

Two governors plus one member of the SLT with Clerk to the Governors in attendance

Chairing Arrangements

Agreed at start of meeting

Frequency of Meetings

As required

Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Minutes taken by Clerk to the Governors

Areas of Responsibility

See table below

Delegated Decision Making Powers

See table below

 

Governors

Admissions

  • To consider the principles of admission of students to The Swanage School

  • To consider and make a recommendation to the full governing body the principle of whether the School admits students in excess of its Published Admission Number (PAN)

  • On those occasions when the total applications received exceeds the PAN to make a recommendation to the full governing body as to whether or not those students who as yet have not been admitted should be admitted. This might be:

    • in the normal application round when the panel will, mindful of DfE guidance, allocated places and decide on tie-break situations according to the criteria set out in the school's admission arrangements, or

    • in deciding upon in-year transfers based on consideration of the circumstances and mindful of DfE guidance

  • To notify the appropriate parties after considering such cases, including provision of information on the right to appeal

  • Appeals against refusal by the panel to admit a prospective student shall be considered by an independent appeals panel. This will be arranged via Legal, Democratic & Strategy Services, Borough of Poole, or such other party that may be contracted to provide independent review panel services

Head

Responsibility Delegated by the Governing Body

  • To consider admissions within PAN but outside the chronological year group

Guidance  

The Headteacher and panel will follow DfE guidance as follows:

 

Governors’ Staff Grievance and Staff Dismissal Panel

Composition and Membership

Two governors appointed by the Chair of Governors and one member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) appointed by the Headteacher.  Where either the Chair of Governors or the Headteacher are not available then the Vice Chair or Deputy Headteacher will make the relevant appointments.  Both those appointing and appointed must have had no previous formal involvement in the specific incident which is to be reviewed.  If the normal appointee has been previously involved in the process then the appointment will be made by the Vice Chair, Deputy Headteacher or the Clerk as appropriate.

Quorum

Two governors plus one member of the SLT with Clerk to the Governors in attendance

Chairing Arrangements

Agreed at start of meeting

Frequency of Meetings

As required

Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Minutes taken by Clerk to the Governors

Areas of Responsibility

See table below

Delegated Decision Making Powers

See table below

 

Head (with SLT)

Staff Grievance & Staff Dismissal

The Headteacher is able to dismiss staff in line with the Discipline and Capability policy

Governors

Staff Grievance & Staff Dismissal

  • To consider staff member’s appeal against dismissal, demotion, or suspension

  • Appeals to be considered in line with the Staff Discipline Policy.

  • To consider staff member’s appeals against a decision made at Stage 2 of the Staff Grievance Procedure.

  • Appeals to be considered in line with the Staff Grievance Policy.

 

Governors’ Complaints Panel

Composition and Membership

Two governors and one independent assessor appointed by the Chair of Governors.  Where the Chair of Governors is not available then the Vice Chair will make the relevant appointments.  Both those appointing and appointed must have had no previous formal involvement in the specific incident which is to be reviewed.  If the Chair has previously been involved in the process then the appointment will be made by the Vice Chair or the Clerk as appropriate. 

Quorum

Two governors plus one person independent of the management and running of The Swanage School, with Clerk to the Governors in attendance

Chairing Arrangements

Agreed at start of meeting

Frequency of Meetings

As required

Minuting and Reporting Procedures

Minutes taken by Clerk to the Governors

Areas of Responsibility

See table below

Delegated Decision Making Powers

See table below

 

Governors

Complaints

  • To consider complaints in line with Stage 3 of the Complaints Policy & Procedure, with a view to determining whether to:

    • dismiss the complaint in whole or in part

    • uphold the complaint in whole or in part

    • decide on the appropriate action to be taken to resolve the complaint

  • recommend changes to the school’s systems or procedures to ensure that problems of a similar nature do not recur

Chair of Governors

Complaints about the Head Teacher

To consider formal complaints made about the head teacher, in line with the Complaints Policy & Procedure.

Clerk and Chair of Governors

Selection of Independent Panel Member

To select and appoint an independent panel members in a manner consistent with any guidance issued by the Department for Education (for example its Governance Handbook). The Complaints Toolkit 2016 (School complaints procedures: guidance for schools) may also provide useful pointers, though as at December 2016 this does not formally apply to The Swanage School

The independent person must not be a governor of The Swanage School or a member of Education Swanage, and they must not have a vested interest in the outcome of the complaint.