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A warm welcome from the Chair of Governors

 

On behalf of the governors of East Wickham Primary Academy it is my great pleasure to welcome you to our school’s website as we begin this unprecedented school year of 2020/21.  I would usually highlight some of the achievements by our pupils during last year, but since March 2020 there has been very little that could be considered as normal for any of us and the school is no exception. 

 

I therefore want to highlight the incredible work that has been done by the school during recent months to try to offer the best education to our children and the best possible support to our wider community of parents and carers, whilst minimising the health risk to everyone.

 

Many of us have had to change how we work and interact generally with the world since the beginning of the Corona-19 pandemic.  For the staff at East Wickham this has required the constant monitoring of the ever-changing rules and requirements issued by government, local authorities, and our academy trust, designed to keep our whole community as safe as possible.

 

The senior leadership team have relentlessly reviewed the guidance provided and have had to redesign almost all the daily routines that are usually in place at school. This has included reinventing the simple drop-off and pick-up of children, how children move around the school to minimise contact with other groups of children, the daily enhanced cleaning routines, and reorganising lunchtime.

 

Of course the key role of the school is to provide an excellent education for the pupils in a safe environment.  A huge effort was been made by all teaching staff to prepare study packs to enable children, supported by their parents and carers, to continue to learn even if they could not attend school, as well as carrying on teaching within their classroom environments.

 

Office staff have had to deal with an unprecedented volume of queries under challenging circumstances.  As governors we were kept informed of progress through regular online meetings and emails. 

 

I cannot thank the staff of East Wickham enough for all they have done to keep the school running, to strive to maintain the exceptionally high standards that have been set during recent years, and for their efforts to support our whole school community through troubled times.

 

While school has now reopened for the new year, many of the same challenges remain and I would ask that everyone show patience and understanding to school staff as they continue to navigate the daily challenges that this Covid-19 world continues to throw up.

 

Despite all these challenges we cannot lose sight of the fact that the school must continue to thrive and progress, and that our pupils continue to receive the best possible education.  We are also very happy to welcome new families to the community of East Wickham.  As Governors we will continue oversee key areas such as the “Success for All” initiative, Safeguarding, behaviour and attendance, and financial management through regular meetings (virtual or during visits when that is allowed) and discussions with the leadership, staff and pupils, as well as parents and representatives of the academy trust.

 

I and the rest of the governors are always available should you have any questions or feedback that you would like to give. As parents you play a critical part in ensuring that your children receive the best possible education.  Without your support your children will not be able to maximise the benefit of the years they spend with the school. 

 

I wish everyone at EWPA and all our associated families and supporters the very best for the new school year.

 

Very best wishes

 

Mike Jeffers

Chair of Governors, EWPA

What is a school governor?

The role of a governor is to act as a critical friend to the school. We provide a robust and consistent challenge as we review the progress and achievement of our pupils. Governors visit the school regularly, observing lessons, speaking to children and hearing their thoughts on what they are doing and how they feel at school.  We also speak to the staff to understand how they feel things are going across the school.

 

We also watch how the senior leadership team of the school use the resources and funding at their disposal to ensure the children have the best possible opportunity to maximise their potential during their time at EWPA.

 

Overall we work with the senior leadership team at the school to ensure that children have a safe, nurturing and stimulating place to learn, not just the core subjects the school offers like reading, writing and maths, but also the values and behaviours that we believe will give them the best possible start in life.

 

If you want to contact either myself or any member of the governing body on any matter concerning the school then please write to us at the school address. We are here to listen and to help where we can.

Governors' Blog

Governance Overview

East Wickham Primary Academy is an academy and part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010. Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation. TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

 

Please click the link below to the Directors of the TKAT Board.

Please click the link below for the Governance information relating to TKAT, including the
structure of governance and relevant details about Trustees terms of office,
attendance and business interests.
Please click the link below for key documents including the Master Funding Agreement,
Articles of Association and Accounts.

Please click the link below to access the Scheme of Delegation

East Wickham Primary Academy Local Governing Body (LGB)

 

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

 

Mission Statement

The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school, which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher and The Kemnal Academy Trust. Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school the Governing Body works in conjunction with the Headteacher to ensure the school functions well and meets the needs of the school community.

In summary; we support, challenge and behave as a critical friend to school.

 

Membership

We currently have 8 governors:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 parent governor
  • 5 appointed governors

 

Chair of Governors: Mr M Jeffers, an appointed governor

Vice-Chair of Governors: Mr B Hollyer, an appointed governor

Chair of Resource Committee Mr R Spillett, an appointed governor

 

Please see the below for details of our current and recent LGB members. If you wish to contact governors, please do so via the school contact details. School email: admin@ewp-tkat.org

 

Structure

The formal meetings of the governing body are as follows:

(1) Full Governing Body & Educational Standards Four meetings are held each academic year. All governors attend these meetings, together with additional individuals invited for specific agenda items as required. This is the core meeting for the governors and is where the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, School Business Manager and any other relevant individuals present reports, data and proposals for review and discussion with governors.

(2) Resources Committee. This committee, as per the Scheme of Delegation for Academies 1.1.15, meets once each term and is attended by specific governors who elect to be part of this committee. Currently 6 of the 8 governors attend. The purpose of the meeting is to oversee the finances and resources of the school and to review and discuss all matters relating to the budget and capital expenditure.

Other committees may be set up by the Governing Body throughout the year should it be deemed necessary to have a specific group oversee a particular matter.

Why do schools need governors?

Every school has a governing body to represent the public in the running of schools. School governors bring perspectives from ordinary life and work with the staff and the Kemnal Academy Trust to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. They have important responsibilities like managing the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff.

 

What do governors do?

  • Promote high standards of educational attainment
  • Set targets for pupil achievement
  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Manage the school's budget, including deciding how many staff will work be employed and set their pay
  • Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and report on pupils' achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results.
  • Participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the head teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline; and
  • Draw up an action plan after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)

 

How do they do it?

  • All governors attend a series of formal meetings with agreed agendas throughout the school year to discuss matters critical to the running and monitoring of the school
  • Individual governors visit the school to meet with staff and pupils to discuss specific topics and report back on their findings through written visit reports
  • Individual governors attend various classes to observe education in action and to speak with pupils about what they are learning, how they are learning and how they are progressing
  • Meet with parents on an ad hoc basis to get feedback from them on the school and how their children are getting on
  • Attend meetings with TKAT and / or other external parties to represent the school and discuss the approach and progress being made
  • Act as an independent escalation point in the event of complaints or disputes

List of Governors including Type and Meetings Attendance

Constitution

Annual Governance Impact Statement

Become a Governor

Appointments

 

Members are appointed by the Governing Body.

Staff Governor(s) are elected by school staff.

Parent Governor(s) are elected by parents.

 

EWPA Governing Body Members

Chair of Governors

Mr Mike Jeffers - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced 30/07/2013

My name is Mike Jeffers and I have been chairman of the Board of Governors at East Wickham Primary Academy since July 2013. With both my parents having had long careers in teaching it was perhaps inevitable that I would become involved in schools in some way, and when the offer came to join the Board of EWPA I was pleased to accept it and try to contribute to the oversight of the school.

Though now retired, over the past 25 years I have worked in a variety of finance and management roles in financial services firms in London and across Asia. I believe that my career has given me the skills and experience to fulfil the critical role of the governor, which is to regularly review, assess and challenge information provided by the school’s leadership. This in turn allows the Board to ensure that limited resources are used wisely to constantly improve the education of and environment for our pupils.

Contact Details: admin@ewp-tkat.org

 

Vice Chair

Mr Brendan Hollyer - Governor at Brampton School and Belmont School (2019/2020) - Commenced 01/04/2013

I have more than thirty year experience of working for financial institutions in the City of London and have been a school governor since 2002. During my time, I have been a governor at primary and secondary schools, both in Bexley and at other schools across the South East of England, having worked for a Multi Academy Trust.
I first became a governor at the school my daughters attended, as I wanted to use my financial experience to help with budgeting for the school year.
In 2003, I joined the governing body of East Wickham Infant School and was elected Chair of Governors later that year. I was Chair during the conversion into an academy in 2011 and stayed in that role until the school became an all-through Primary in April 2013, stepping into the role of Vice Chair.  I work with Mr Jeffers to ensure that the governing body provides effective challenge and support to the Executive Headteacher, the Heads of School and other senior leaders. I serve on the Finance, Facilities & Personnel and the Children & Learning committees.
In January 2014 I was designated as a National Leader of Governance by the National College of Teaching and Learning and work with different governing bodies, providing support and coaching.
The children and students are our ambassadors and present a very positive image of what is going well at East Wickham. We are well on the way to ensuring they can all reach their full potential and they are a credit to our school.

 

Governors

 

Mrs Susan Manzi - Head Teacher Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations Commenced 01/04/2013

I am the Head Teacher of East Wickham Primary Academy. A role I have been proud to have since 2003 when I joined as the Head Teacher for the Infant School. The opportunity to  merge both schools and become a Primary Academy in 2013 has enabled us to become one big family. 

I enjoy my role working with our diverse team of School Governors, working together to achieve the best opportunities and outcomes for our children and engaging all our stakeholders - including parents and the local community in developing successful learners.

 

Ms Eve Davis - Parent Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced 19/12/2013

 

My name is Eve Davis, I have been a Parent Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy since January 2014.
My eldest daughter is in year 7 and my youngest daughter has just started in year 3.
It is my first time as a Governor and I'm really enjoying it. 
Before I had my children I worked as a Children's Nanny for a year and 13 years as a Nursery Nurse before that, so have lots of experience working with and caring for children, so it's something I've always been interested in. Becoming a Governor seemed the best way to make a contribution to the school.

 

Mrs Camilla Parnham - Support Staff Governor - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Employed as HLTA - Commenced 09/10/2014

"I have been employed at East Wickham for the past eight years in the capacity of a teaching assistant, cover supervisor and a midday supervisor. Previous to this, I was employed as a General Registered Nurse and became a ward sister. After many years, I decided to change profession when my son and daughter were born."

 

Mr Rob Spillett – Chair of Finance, Facilities and Personnel - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced 16/03/2015

"I have been a Community Governor at East Wickham Primary Academy since September 2014. I was drawn to the role because I wanted to give something back to community in which I live and have grown up in. Since starting I have been greatly impressed by the dedication of both the teachers and pupils alike. My areas of particular interest are Parental Engagement and School Finance. I live locally and have children in local schools. I work in the City specialising in foreign exchange markets."

 

Mrs Lucy Pearson - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced 01/04/2013

I am a former pupil of EWPA and went on to study at Townley Grammar. I read History and Sociology at Liverpool University and then went on to train to teach. I still live in Bexley, however I have spent my whole teaching career working for Bromley schools. I am currently a Deputy Head Teacher at a large secondary school. When the opportunity arose a few years ago to become a governor at the school I jumped at the chance. I am looking forward to working with the school for many more years to come.

 

Mrs Laura Gregory - No Current Business Interests or Declarations - Commenced November 2018

I have been a Governor at East Wickham Academy since November 2018. I was drawn to the role because I live locally in Plumstead and attended East Wickham as a child and wanted to give something back to the community. I am KS3 lead in Maths at Welling School. Many EWPA students go on to Welling School in Year 7 and both schools are part of the multi academy trust. I am passionate about young people and look forward to supporting both staff and pupils.

 

Clerk to The Governors

Adam Blakemore - Commenced April 2018

Our Clerk is provided by the Bexley Clerkship Service

 

 

Governor Resignations

The table below shows who has resigned within the past year.
Name Type Start Date End of Office Resignation Date
Steve Richards Appointed 11/5/2019 11/3/2023 February 2020

 

 

TKAT

All relevant information regarding business and pecuniary interests of trustees and members, the structure and remit of members, the board of trustees and the trust's scheme of delegation can be found on TKATs website:

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