Role of the Governors
It is the Headteacher, Mrs Potts and her team that manages the school and the Governing Body that provides support, leadership and direction. There are governors representing all stakeholders including parents, staff, the local authority and the community.
As governors we are there to develop a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; be critical friends; ensure the school is accountable for its actions, and make sure that it operates effectively in the interests of its pupils, parents and other stakeholders. Governors are volunteers and give their time willingly to support the work of the school.
We consider the management of School Finances in terms of forward planning, staffing, training, resources and upkeep and development of the premises.
Each year the governors approve an Annual Budget Plan for capital and revenue funding, including staffing and running costs. The budget set to sustain the work of the school for the financial year and is managed to support the School Improvement Plan. Throughout the year governors monitor the use of those allocated funds to ensure that the school achieves value for money and remains solvent.
We also have responsibility for charging, insurance, control and use of the school premises. It is our responsibility to ensure that the premises are well maintained, safe and secure for our pupils and staff.
Staffing is a major expense in the budget and we are responsible for the staffing structure within school. We support the school in recruiting new staff and are committed to professional development that develop their skills and professionalism.
We consider all areas of the school with regards to quality of the educational experience, in its widest sense, shared by both pupils and their families.
We ensure that all people are included and welcomed to our school, and that children are offered a rich curriculum that helps them make sense of the world.
We consider how different groups of children are doing against predictions and expectations for their group. This would include reviewing results by class, year, gender, ethnic background, English as a second language, and other groupings. Any shortfall and subsequent actions would be explored. We look at our school’s results against both Coventry and national figures so can see if there are local and national trends, which our pupils are following or diverging from. We also check how we are monitoring and assessing children individually, although we do not explore the performance of individual children.
We consider all aspects of the curriculum, covering both its teaching and its content. We also review enrichment and extra curricular activities available to the children.
Governors review progress and prioritise areas, as identified in the school’s annual improvement plan. We visit the subject leaders, attend some lessons, speak to pupils, review children's work and report back on their experience.
Meet Our Governors...
Chair Of Governors—Martin Shaw
I am an ex pupil of the school and all three of my children also attended Allesley Hall Primary. I have been a governor at the school for 20 years and feel privileged to work with such dedicated staff, governors and supportive parents and families. We collectively work hard to make school a happy, safe and rewarding place to be.
In my 36 year career in a number of departments in the Civil Service I have developed a number of skills that enable me to both challenge and support the school to deliver the best outcomes for the school and the pupils. I am entirely committed to raising attainment and strive for pupils to reach their full potential alongside working towards our goal to become an outstanding school.
Vice Chair of Governors—Peter Maddock
I moved to Coventry at the age of 7 and was educated at Whitley Abbey Primary and Comprehensive School in the 1960s.I am very pleased to be a member of the Governing Body at Allesley Hall School working alongside an excellent team of dedicated professionals who always have the children’s best interests at the heart of everything that they do. Having worked for the NHS for most of my working life as a Senior Manager and Chief Executive, I believe that the skills that I have gained during my career can be used to support the school - with my main areas of interest being governance and financial management. I have a particular interest in the school curriculum as I have four grandchildren who are all currently of Primary School age, which I feel gives me a good understanding of what needs to be achieved at each stage of development. I have a keen interest in sport and music and value the importance of how these areas can enrich school life. At my first visit to the school I was immediately impressed with the wonderful school grounds at Allesley Hall, as this enriches the environment in which the children can enjoy learning.
I spent my career teaching in a number of Coventry primary schools, the last sixteen years of it as Headteacher of Hearsall Primary School. When I finished work I was keen to continue my links with primary education and was thrilled to be asked to be a member of Allesley Hall's Governing Body. I am fully committed to supporting Mrs Potts and her staff team in the excellent work they are doing on a daily basis and in their drive to ensure that Allesley Hall and its pupils, achieve their maximum potential. This, together with the school's core ethos of care and support for all members of its community, make it a very special school, and one to which I feel privileged to be connected .
Ria Gordon Stuart
I was elected as parent governor in January 2017 and now sit on the Resource Management, Achievement and Standards and pay committees. I am also named governor for safeguarding, behaviour and Anti-Bullying. I have worked in financial services for 25 years, however it is my personal interest in children's mental health, Looked after Children and SEND that brings a unique perspective to the governing body. It is important to me that children with additional needs are well represented in main stream school. I am married with two wonderful children, 3 fish and 1 Cat. I live locally and feel proud to be part of the wonderful Allesley Hall community.
Allesley Hall Primary School has been part of my life for nearly 40 years! I live locally and my three children all attended this friendly, family orientated primary school. My grandson has recently joined the Reception class. I have worked in the Education sector for most of my working life, apart from a five year stint at Jaguar Cars. I was the Finance and Resources Manager at AHPS for 25 years and retired in 2015.I have been a co-opted governor on this very supportive Governing Body since 2019 and am pleased to be still connected to this school.
I have been a Parent Governor now for nearly two years. It has been really interesting, learning to understand the ‘ behind the scenes’ so to speak, running of the school.
Having moved to Coventry from Australia in 2015 and with two children at Allesley Hall Primary, I was thrilled to be elected as a Parent Governor in 2018. I wished to give back to our wonderful staff and students here at AHP and support their development and educational needs. As a governor I am involved with the quality of education group focusing on Maths, ICT and PE as well as serving on the resources committee. I very much enjoy my role as a governor and working alongside such a passionate Headteacher and her dedicated staff to ensure the best possible learning experiences to all our children. Having worked my entire career in Hotel Management and Hotel Finance, I have recently changed direction (with a little help from COVID’s impact on the hospitality industry) and have started a new career in the Construction Industry, which is already proving challenging and highly rewarding. Outside of work I am keep busy by running marathons, horse riding, participating in the odd triathlon and lots of travel with family and friends.
After a few years teaching in Birmingham, I am proud to say that the rest of my teaching career has been spent at Allesley Hall. There have been opportunities to move on along the way, but this is a school community that I love. I am totally invested. I have taught in various year groups and had many roles including as Assistant Headteacher and now Deputy Headteacher. My responsibilities currently include leading English and most recently, SEND. As part of the SLT, I am committed to continuously improving standards for all our children and ensuring that our children have a rich and fulfilling school experience, helping them become the very best that they can be. I have been a staff governor for the last 12 years and as part of my governance role, I help to complete the link between the school staff and the governing board, bringing an insight into the life of the school. I am able to support the governing board’s understanding of the impact of strategic decisions and work together to develop our school’s high quality educational provision.
Meetings of the Governing body take place at least once a term, after school. In addition each sub-committee normally meets once a term, also after school.
If you would like more information about the governing body, please contact one of the governors or the Head teacher.
Click on the link below for an Overview of Governors attendance