North Crescent Governors
The governors are volunteers who work in partnership with the headteacher and staff, ensuring the school is accountable to the community it serves. We do this by providing challenge, asking probing questions and monitoring the quality of education the school is providing. This is balanced by providing constructive support for the school in its work.
The governors are drawn from a range of backgrounds including staff and parent members, a Local Authority nominee and people from the community. Together we bring a variety of skills and perspectives to the work of governance.
Our role is a strategic one; we are not involved in the day today management of the school, which is the role of the headteacher. We contribute to the following key areas :
setting the overall aims of the school
making decisions about the use of the school budget, monitoring financial procedures
approving the staffing structure, interviewing and appointing staff
policies for the curriculum and all aspects of school management
school improvement planning
monitoring pupil performance data
performance management of the headteacher
approving staff pay progression decisions
ensuring effective safeguarding arrangements are in place
The governing body meets three times termly. There is a full governing body meeting, with the remaining two meetings focusing on Curriculum and Resources. Governors also exercise their responsibilities by undertaking monitoring visits to the school, which normally focus on particular subjects or areas of school development. We talk to staff and pupils and attend school events. The chair meets regularly with the headteacher, discussing school matters in the role of a ‘critical friend’. Training opportunities both in and out of school enable governors to remain informed about current educational developments.
If you need to contact the governors about anything, you can leave a message with the school office and someone will respond to you as soon as we can. If your contact matter is confidential, please put in a sealed envelope marked confidential and hand into the school office, marked for the attention of the "Chair of Governors".
North Crescent School Governor Pen Portraits
David Faulkner, Chair of Governors
I have been a governor for 11 years at a variety of schools, serving as Chair, Vice Chair, Curriculum Chair and Finances/Resources Chair. After a career spanning 35 years in Financial Services, where I worked for 15 years in various countries, I am now retired, and prefer to volunteer my time in schools. I am a National Leader of Governance and do a great deal of work for the local authority. I am now leading my fifth Interim Executive Board which is put in place when the Governing Body is replaced by the Department for Education. I live in the local area and am also a Chair of a local Multi-Academy Trust in Wickford.
I have two grown up daughters, one who works overseas and the other is currently doing a teacher training course at a local school in Basildon. My wife still works in Chelmsford in the education industry.
I am keen to see North Crescent Primary school become a strong school as recognised by Ofsted and will work with the school leadership and the other governors to achieve this. My personal strengths in governance are around finances, safeguarding and health and safety, but I have lots of experience in all aspects of school governance.
Philip has worked for four local authorities and was finally responsible for a team of 30 staff servicing Council, Cabinet, and committees; looking after the needs of Councillors and mayors; and election matters. He supports a number of governing bodies in the role of Clerk to the Governing Body and is a member of the CHANGE Schools Partnership Academy Trust. Philip currently serves as a member of two IEBs.
I have had two successful headships in Essex, my first turning round a failing school and my second opening a new primary school. OFSTED stated that I had an ‘outstanding vision’ for school improvement early in my second headship.
In 1999 I was nominated for a Lloyds TSB Teaching Award for my contribution to school leadership in a primary school. I was successful in winning the regional final.
For twelve years I worked for Essex County Council as a School Development Adviser, a School Improvement Partner, an OFSTED inspector and an Education Adviser. My well- developed interpersonal skills have meant that I have frequently been asked to work in complex and sensitive situations. None of the schools I have supported have gone into an OFSTED category unless I had previously notified County that this outcome was expected.
Although I have retired from my advisory work I have been a member of two Interim Executive Boards and am happy to report that one school is now federated with another school, securing its future and the second is about to become part of a successful Multi Academy Trust.