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Chair of Governors

Dr Bakul Kumar LA (Chair of Committee) Retired Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia 

Clerk to Governors

Wendy Gardner [email protected]

School Improvement Committee

Liz Dane Co-opted Governor- Qualified Teacher

Julia Shingler Co-opted Governor - Headteacher of Catshill Federation

Jayne Harper Co-opted Governor, Safeguarding/Sexual Harassment/CLA - Retired

Anne McNaughton Co-opted Governor - Careers Training and Development Co-ordinator

David Morris Staff Governor - Subject Leader for Science

Georgia Plant Staff Governor - Head of School CFSN Head of School

Catherine Shearwood Co-opted Governor, English - Retired Headteacher

James Thompson Staff Governor - Head of School – CMS Head of School

Jenny Elvins Co-opted Governor - Assistant Headteacher 

Clare Jacques Co-opted Governor - Qualified Teacher 

Lisa Matthews Co-opted Governor - Foster Carer/Retired Headteacher 

Bakul Kumar LA (Chair of Committee), Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged Pupils/Wellbeing/SEND - Retired Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia 

Premises, Staffing and Finance Committee 

Anthony Croxall Co-Opted Governor - Engineer Surveyor 

Nicole Powell Co-opted Governor - Employee Relations Lead 

Gabe Stewart Parent Governor - Head of Technical Services 

Kate Sabin Staff Non Governor - Business Manager – CFSN & CMS

Graham Wilson Staff Non Governor - Site Manager – CFSN & CMS Site Manager – CFSN & CMS

Governor Meetings

Full Governing Body Meeting 12 th September 2023

Dr Bakul Kumar was re-elected as the Chair, and he asked the governors and the Head
Teacher to introduce themselves. Lisa Matthews was elected as the Vice Chair.
Mrs Georgia Plant and Mr James Thompson informed the meeting of SAT results and
strategies in place for the new academic year.
The governing body decided to accept the reported School Teacher’s Review Body
recommendation of a pay rise.
It was noted that a date has been set for RAAC survey and the Head Teacher has sent a letter
to the parents/carers.
All policies/ guidance’s and changes were approved.
Clerk is going to contact Governor Services to find out about Staff Governor representation.
Governors were updated on the summer works in CFSN and CMS.

Dr Bakul Kumar
Chair of Governors

Governing Body Meeting 4 th July 2023

The governing body looked at the annual safeguarding reports and had an overview and
training on safeguarding issues. The Headteacher’s report for both schools was received and
governors asked relevant questions.
The admissions for the year 2023 in both schools were reviewed along with educational
support provided to these pupils. The head teacher informed the governing body of annual
policies review when the schools join the Trust. Governor meeting dates with minor alterations
were approved for the year 2023-2024.

Bakul Kumar (Dr)

Governing Body Meeting Tuesday 29th November 2022
At this meeting we considered the latest reports on school data, the Executive Headteacher termly report, pupil absence and inspection feedback.
We looked at reports from Committee Meetings and actions arising from these.
We also considered the appointment of new potential Governors to join the Governing Body and wider staffing issues.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governors

Staff, Premises and Finance Committee Tuesday 8th November 2022

At this meeting members reviewed premises developments, considered budget updates and reviewed staff appraisal outcomes.

The school is carrying out work modelling the likely extent and impact in cost of living increases namely future energy costs.

Governing Body Meeting Tuesday  18th October 2022.

The meeting considered the School Federation Strategy Plan update and agreed changes. The Governance risk register was updated in line with this and approved. The recruitment of new Governors was also discussed. The Governors considered the performance of the Governing Body in terms of support to the Federation and challenging the schools management on issues to ensure continuous development. An update on the Academy process and discussion on the education White Paper also took place.

Mike Hill

Governors Meeting   Tuesday 6th September 2022
As this was the first meeting of the academic year the governors re- elected myself as the Chair and elected a new Vice Chair namely Bakul Kumar.
The meeting considered the Government's white paper for education in terms of the approach for Mutli Academy Trusts and improvements to pupil expected standards.
The meeting considered the School's July SATs results and Governors had previously received an action plan concerning these. This will be followed up at future meetings.
Various policies were approved as was the terms of reference of meetings, a budget update and a review of summer maintenance undertaken.
The next full governor meeting will be on the 20th September and the Governor Performance Review and Strategy meeting will be in October.
Mike Hill

Governors Meeting Tuesday 26th April 2022.

Staff, Premises and Finance Sub Committee.

The main business of the meeting was to receive an update to the current year's budget position, which was in line with expectations and was satisfactory. The meeting also approved the budgets for both Schools for next year 2022/2023.

The aim in overall terms is to produce at least a balanced budget position and to ensure resources are available for the ongoing investment in resources and staffing to deliver curriculum programmes and to support growing numbers.

The budget position in future years will require careful management as costs increase and funding remains tight.

We also discussed Covid related issues and considered issues around the impact of Covid on attendance and pupil behaviour.

An update on building maintenance was also provided.

Governing Body Meeting Tuesday 8th March 2022

At this meeting we discussed an update to the schools Covid response and on going issues regarding pupil absence and behaviour issues.

Governors heard presentations on delivering curriculum relating to  SEND and disadvantaged pupils

Governors looked at the latest School Curriculum Plans and received the latest Head Teachers report.

We discussed future developments and looked at how pupil catchment areas are being reviewed.

Mike Hill, Chair of Board of Governors.

Premises, Staffing and Finance Committee Meeting held Tuesday 15th February 2022

At this meeting we discussed an update to the schools Covid response and ongoing issues regarding pupil and staff absence. The situation is being managed well although it is still challenging.

We also looked at the Schools budgets which are good and showing improvements of the original budget positions.

We discussed an Accommodation Survey to ensure we can meet future needs and looked at how pupil catchment areas are being discussed.

Governor Meeting Tuesday 30th November 2021

At this meeting Governors approved the 2021 to 2024 Strategic Plan and reviewed the School Development Plans.

Governors reviewed the progress to Strategic goals in the previous year.

Governors reviewed the actions from the October Governance Review Meeting, linking named Governors responsible for monitoring the achievement of school objectives.

An update on current Covid issues was provided.

Governors considered the minutes of Committee Groups.

Mike Hill

Chair of Governors.

Governor Meeting, Premises, Staff and Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday 9th November 2021.

This Committee reviewed the updates to current budget positions at both schools, which are in line with the original budgets approved.

The Committee also considered the Summer 2021 programme of works and the on going maintenance programme.

A Covid update was provided.

The Committee also reviewed any educational visit plans and end of term events.

The Committee also looked at Staff Appraisal processes.

Mike Hill

Chair of Governors

Governors Meeting Tuesday 19 October 2021

At the meeting, Governors received a Covid Situation update from the Executive Head Teacher. We also discussed in detail the Schools Strategic Plan for the next three years and the Governance Risk Register, both were approved. Governors are linked to School Priorities and Strategic Objectives for monitoring and reporting purposes. We looked at Accommodation needs and Governance arrangements and more research is being undertaken in both of these areas. Governors reviewed their own performance in terms of communication, skills, and accountability of management. The Chair attended an online Governance Conference and notes from this were issued to Governors.

Mike Hill ( Chair of Governors)


At the first Governor meeting of the new school year, the Governors received an update regarding accommodation, works undertaken over the summer, and ongoing works, we also had an update of Covid contingency plans. 

Governors re-elected myself as Chair and Deborah Thomas as Vice-Chair. I have written to all staff welcoming them back and to all parents via email to discuss how the Schools can engage with parents in their child's learning and school experience.

We look forward to a more normal year with after school activities and visits commencing in a Covid safe manner.

Mike Hill

Chair of Governors.

Full Governors Meeting  Tuesday 6th July

At the Governors meeting on Tuesday 6th July, the Governors considered reports from the Executive Head Teacher on all aspects of the performance of the schools, we also looked at budgets and our financial positions which are healthy. We received the yearly Safeguarding reports. 

The Governors approved the latest update to the Governance Risk Register and looked at our next Strategic and Vision plan update due October 2021.

Also of course we discussed the latest update on Covid19 related issues and the impact this is having. 

We also discussed staff and pupil well being.

Mike Hill, Chair of Board of Governors.

School Staff, Premises and Finance Sub Committee Tuesday 27th April 2021

This meeting approved budgets for 2021/22 for both schools, while financial environments remain
challenging the Governors were please to approved surplus budgets when considering carried
forward positions. The budgets are set to meet operational needs including resources to meet
specific learning and support needs as well as ensuring investing in curriculum resources and linking
budgets with strategic plans.
Governors also received a return to school Covid update and looked at summer premises works
planned to be carried out.
Staffing structures at both schools were noted.

Mike Hill (chair)

Governing Body Meeting 9th March 2021

The Governing Body of the First and Middle School met on the 9th March, we received a presentation on the work of meeting special education needs and work with disadvantaged learners, we also had a full update of Covid19 action plans.

The Governors recognised the hard work and challenges for staff, pupils and parents during this period and were pleased to see the high take up on on-line learning and the positive feedback from parents regarding the online learning services offered. The Governors praised the work of staff, parents, and pupils.

The Governors also had feedback on the catch-up strategies that the schools are using to settle everyone back into school.

The normal work of the meeting was carried out including the monitoring of the work of sub-committee’s and reviewing budgets and approving contract tenders and statutory returns.

Mike Hill


Full Governing Body Meeting  

Tuesday 1st December 2020.

At tonight's meeting, we as a full governing body discussed the federation curriculum plans and were pleased to see the work both schools are doing in driving forward curriculum developments at the same time as managing the current challenges regarding Covid.

Both schools have full action plans in place regarding the pandemic and these plans are operating as they should be to protect pupils and staff.

Both schools are working hard to ensure pupils catch up on learning that they may have lost through the first lockdown and have been running catch sessions all term.

Pupils are being supported in settling back into learning especially during the current disruptions of the second Covid wave and the school continues to engage parents in this process.

The governing body also received minutes from Committee meetings and discussed staffing issues and the Governance Risk Register and Covid Risk Assessment.

Mike Hill

Chair of the Governing Body.