KJ Linked - Weekly Learning Toolkit

07/07/2020 - KJ Linked Issue 13 released!

As you will have seen, the Government is encouraging secondary schools to consider a partial return for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 1st June 2020. Our view continues to be that it is important that we take appropriate, extensive and considered actions to assure the safety of all members of our school community to make the right decision at the right time.

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Governing Body

King James I Academy Governing Body


Chair of the Governing Body 

Elizabeth Varley


Vice Chair of the Governing Body 

George Campbell



George Campbell

Heike Stevens

Elizabeth Varley

Jane Whittaker


Headteacher / Accounting Officer

Nick Grieveson



Sharon Boughey

George Campbell

Rachael Dobinson

Darren Hall

Daniel Martin

Simone Price

Craig Robinson

Ian Robley

Gladys Short

Debra Smith

Tanya Tucker

Elizabeth Varley

Keith Wilkinson


Terms of Reference

Chair:                    Elizabeth Varley  

Vice Chair:            George Campbell



Strategic Leadership and Accountability:

  • In collaboration with school leaders, to determine a clear and explicit vision for the future of the Academy and ensure this is communicated to the whole organisation.
  • Set strong and clear values and ensure these are embedded across the organisation and adhered to.
  • Determine the strategic direction for the Academy.
  • Monitor and evaluate student progress and attainment against targets by receiving reports and information from the Headteacher and other school leaders to compare against national and local benchmarking data.
  • Receive reports from committees, working parties or individuals and agree actions.
  • Approve the SEF and monitor throughout the year.
  • Approve the Academy Improvement Plan priorities and monitor throughout the year progress towards agreed actions.
  • Ensure there is a transparent system for performance management of all staff which is clearly linked to the Academy priorities.  Have oversight of staff performance throughout the year through the work of the Pay Review Committee.
  • Ensure there are mechanisms in place to listen to and respond to the views of parents/carers, pupils, staff, local communities and employers, through involvement with the Parents Forum.
  • Agree recruitment process to be followed in relation to SLT posts.
  • Final approval of the annual budget plan.
  • Monitor the school’s budget throughout the year through the work of the Finance, Property & Pay Review Committee and Budget Working Group Sub-Committees.
  • Agree virement and expenditure limits for the Headteacher through the ratification of the Academy’s Scheme of Delegation.
  • Hold 3 termly meetings each academic year.  Ensure that committee meetings are held in accordance with the agreed terms of reference.


People and Structures:

  • Appoint Committee Chairs or delegate such appointments to each committee, as appropriate.
  • Consider proposals from Members, with regard to the delegation of functions to individuals or committees.
  • Agree committee terms of reference and membership.
  • Establish a register of Governors / Trustee business interests and manage the process of declaring interests.
  • Ensure Governors information on online registers (Edubase) and the school website is up to date and compliant with current requirements.
  • Appoint and / or agree the appointment with Members, of new Co-opted, Community, Member Appointed and where necessary Parent Governors (following an election process) to the Board.
  • Review and monitor the Governor Induction Process.
  • Have regard for Governors professional development through the work of a nominated Governor and the SLT Lead.
  • Where necessary, support Members in suspending or removing Governors from the Board.
  • Appoint/dismiss the Clerk to the Governing Body.

Compliance and Evaluation:

  • Consider business provided by Local Authority and other sources.
  • Suspend or end suspension of staff members through the work of Staff Management of Capability Committees..
  • Ensure all statutory policies are in place and there is an effective policy review cycle.
  • Review and agree the Governor Code of Conduct.
  • Confirm arrangements for completion of a Governor Skills Audit.
  • Ensure there is regular self-evaluation and review of individual’s contribution to the Board as well as the Board’s overall operation and effectiveness.
  • As necessary, consider an external review of the Board’s effectiveness.

Ensure school website is up to date and compliant with current DfE requirements.