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Governor Information

Welcome to the Governors' area of the school website. Here you can find out about the work of the Board of Governors, and the people involved:-

Mill Lodge is fortunate to have a team of enthusiastic,committed, and knowledgeable governors who work with the headteacher on the strategic development of the school.  The Governing Body is a group of individuals who are elected, nominated or co-opted from key stakeholder groups; parents, staff, the Local Authority, and the local community. The responsibilities of the Governing Body and its various Committees are outlined below on this page.


Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Katie Andrews.


If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the headteacher or look out for vacancies displayed in the school newsletter.




How the Board of Governors operates:-


Governors carry out their role by attending meetings and by visiting the school  whenever possible, to see things at first hand. As well as meetings attended by all Governors (FGB Meetings), there are three Committees with specific remits, which also meet regularly. 


                                        Full Governing Body (FGB)                                            

All Governors

(Chair: Mrs K Andrews)


The Full Governing Body normally meets once each term with an additional admin meeting at the beginning of the academic year, and has three important functions:-


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To ensure accountability for the performance of the school
  • To make sure the school's funding is well spent



There are also three Committees which concentrate on specific areas of work, and report to Full Governing Body Meetings.

  • Progress, Attainment and Curriculum  (PAC) 
  • Behaviour, Health and Safety (BHS)  
  • Personnel and Finance (P&F)


Each of these Committees normally meets at least once per term, and their roles are described below:-




             Progress, Attainment and Curriculum  (PAC)              

All Governors serve 

(Committee Chair: Mr Phil Higby)




* To encourage all Governing Body and other committee decisions to be curriculum led;


* To consider the LA’s curriculum policy statement and advise the Governing Body on the Primary Strategy and National Curriculum and its associated assessment arrangements;


* To monitor the implementation of all curriculum policies and schemes;


* To monitor assessment and testing arrangements;


* To promote and support curriculum development within the financial limitations set by the Personnel and Finance committee;


* To review annually the school’s improvement plan;


* To hear appeals against the Head Teacher’s decision to lift or change the National Curriculum provision for a pupil;


* To review the Progress, Attainment & Curriculum Committee’s Terms of Reference every year;





Behaviour, Health and Safety (BHS)

 (Committee Chair: Mrs Sarah Bragg)





* To assist and advise the Head Teacher on matters relating to Health and Safety and the school premises;

* To ensure that the school operates safe recruitment procedures in line with national and local guidance;

* To receive reports on racial incidents;

* To approval all school trips involving a night away from home;

* To review the Exclusion Appeals Panel Terms of Reference every year

* To monitor attendance levels together with details of both Fixed term and Permanent Exclusions

* To ensure all necessary insurance cover is in place

* To carry out a Health & Safety inspection at least once per term, with the Site Manager;

* To review the Behaviour, Health & Safety Committee’s Terms of Reference every year;




Personnel and Finance (P&F)

 (Committee Chair: Mr Gareth Harries)





* To assist and advise the Head Teacher, Governing Body and its committees on matters relating to the budgeting and financial control of:


o The schools delegated budget, Standards Fund and any other public money;

o School fund and any other money administered by the school;

o Other money held in the name of the school for which the Governing Body is responsible;


* To review and recommend for approval to the full governing body the first formal budget of the financial year;


* To review the budget and variances to the budget termly;


* To approve a three year financial plan;


* To oversee achievement of the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS);


* To review the results of any financial audit and ensure any improvements identified are actioned;


* to review the use of the School Fund and other accounts, including an annual formal inspection of the accounts;


* to ensure that all accounts held in connection with the school require two cheque signatories and BACS payments require two authorisations;


* In consultation with the Head Teacher, determine the staffing structure of the school


* To oversee the appointment procedure for all staff


* To consider and approve recommendations on staff salaries made by the Head Teacher


* To be responsible for staff reductions and disciplinary and grievance matters, including the provision of the panel of Governors (at least three members on the first panel) and arrangements for an appeal panel of other members of the Governing Body;


* To ensure appropriate consultation with staff (together with the Head Teacher) on all matters of personnel policy;


* To review the Personnel and Finance Committee’s Term of Reference every year.




If you wish to view agendas and minutes these are available from the school office upon application.