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Governors

 

The role of the Governing Body:

What do we do?

Governors work together to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards. The school’s Governing Body does not run the school; this is the job of the Headteacher and other senior staff.

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Key Roles of Governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
    • To hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school

We also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

In order to do this, our governors gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community, for example, through a small number of visits during the school day.
How do we do it?

The Governing body meet formally every 6-8 weeks. Meeting dates are usually set well in advance and meetings generally last between two and three hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is expected, with apologies only for good reasons.

In between these formal meetings we have sub-committee meetings – at Atlas we have one sub-committee;
The Finance and general purpose committee
– who discuss finance, personnel issues, and all matters relating to the buildings and site of the school.

 Click here to see the terms of reference for this Committee.

In addition some governors volunteer to fulfil specific roles, such as being the Special Educational Needs governor, the Health and Safety governor, or the link governor for a particular year group or subject.

All governors arrange shorter visits to school and into classrooms to focus on key priorities, so that they can see how the school is addressing issues identified for development.

The governing body are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school and it has an important part to play in raising school standards.

 Click here to see the Atlas Community Primary School Governing Body Audit 2015

Who are we?

At Atlas we have a small governing body , of seven people, made up of parents, staff and members of the local community. The Governing Body is appointed by  the City of Bradford Metropolitan  District Council.

Click here to see the instrument of Government for Atlas Community Primary School.

 

Meet Mrs Dallas…

Name and Governor Type: Jane Dallas – Local Authority Governor

Appointed by Bradford Metropolitan District Council

End of term date: 08/06/18
Responsibilities Headteacher Performance Management

Standards

Chair of governors

Finance and general purposes committee

Pay Committee

Background Primary School Teacher, Independent Educational Consultant
Hobbies Walking, travelling and fine dining.
Business Interest in the school Yes, Independent phonics consultant
Governor at another school Yes

British International School Tunis

Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

During the 2016-17 Jane has attended six out of six full Governing Body meetings including the Finance and General Purposes Meeting.

It is such a privilege to be the chair of governors at Atlas Primary School.

From the moment I came into the school I have encountered warmth and welcome from all children and all staff. I knew from the start that this is a special place, where children succeed in their learning, but also where there is lots of fun and caring. When Miss Carr asked me to join the governing body, I felt honoured to accept.

I am an education consultant who advises schools on teaching and learning and who runs training courses in literacy and communication. My work takes me all over Bradford and Leeds but also to other countries like Cyprus and Tunisia. Therefore I am in a good place to see how well Atlas children are progressing and can see what a great group of adults we have to help them on their journey.

As governors, we know how important it is that our pupils achieve well in this competitive world and we hope that by supporting the school in as many ways as we can, sometimes by asking difficult questions, we will help them in this process.

Jane Dallas - Chair of Governors

Code of Conduct

 

Meet Paul Terry…

Name and Governor Type: Paul Terry – Co-opted Governor

 

End of term date: 6.3.19
Responsibilities SEND/Safeguarding
Background 37 years as teacher, the last 20 of which I was Headteacher of 3 different schools (1 Middle, 2 Primary). I have taught all ages from Y1 through to ‘A’ level students. I studied at Leeds University and also at university in France where I taught in 2 secondary schools in Bordeaux in the south-west of the country.
Hobbies Gym, swimming, reading, travelling
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school No
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

Since his appointment to the Governing body, Mr Terry has attended three out of three full Governing Body meetings including the Finance and General Purposes Meeting.
 

My name is Paul Terry and I have recently joined the LGB at Atlas school. I was very happy when Miss Carr asked if I would like to become part of the team here. Until I retired I was Headteacher at another local Primary school and knew both Miss Carr and Atlas school from the SHINE partnership of local schools so I was already a little familiar with the ethos and achievement here.

There is a real feeling of ‘togetherness’ from everyone associated with Atlas school and I have been made to feel very welcome. My whole career has been spent teaching children and young people both here and in France. Education is the key which can open so many opportunities in life.

My responsibility as a governor is Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding.

 

 

Meet Mr Qayum…

Name and Governor Type: Ajaz Qayum – Parent Governor

Elected by parents

End of term date: 21/07/2018
Responsibilities Finance and general purposes committee member

Pay Committee Member

Background Civil Servant, works for H.M.R.C
Hobbies Spending time with family and occasional DIY around the house.
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school Yes, I.E.B member at Oasis Academy Lister
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

Ajaz Qayum

Code of Conduct

During the 2014-15 academic year Mr Qayum attended 5 out of 6 of the Full Governing Body Meetings and 1 out of the 2 of the Finance and General Purposes Committee meetings.

During the 2015-16 academic year Mr Qayum has attended five out of six of the full Governing Body Meetings and one of the Finance and general Purpose Committee Meetings.  He also attended the pay committee meeting in November.

During the 2016-17 Mr Qayum has attended six out of six full Governing Body meetings including the Finance and General Purposes Meeting.

Meet Mr Khan…

 

Name and Governor Type: Atlas Khan – Staff Governor

Elected by staff

End of term date: 31/07/18
Responsibilities Health and safety
Background Mr Khan works as a lunchtime supervisor and teaching assistant in school.  All of his 5 children have attended Atlas Primary and the youngest one, Zain, is in year 6.  Before he worked at Atlas he has had a range of jobs working as a carer, a taxi driver and a manager at Morrisons.
Hobbies Sewing, driving and visiting the seaside.
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school No
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

During the 2014-15 academic year Mr Khan attended 6 out of 6 of the Full Governing Body Meetings.

During the 2015-16 academic year Mr Khan has attended five out of six full Governing Body meetings held.

During the 2016-17 Atlas has attended six out of six full Governing Body meetings including the Finance and General Purposes Meeting.

“My name is Atlas Khan, yes it really is – and I’ve been a governor at Atlas for three years.

I am so proud to be part of this school as I know the teachers and other members of staff put 100% into their work, that’s why I decided to actually be part of the team, not just as a governor but a member of staff.

The work I do here is a lunchtime supervisor which gives me a chance to interact with children. I also do 1 to 1 reading with children; the rewarding element I find is seeing them flourish in reading and passing ideas onto paper.

In my eyes this is an outstanding school with a family feeling – which provides security to the children that attend here. All these ingredients provided by this school will assist them to a very bright future.”

Mr Khan

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Meet Miss Carr…

Name and Governor Type: Caroline Carr – Ex-officio (Headteacher)
End of term date: N/A
Responsibilities Standards, finance and general purposes.
Background Headteacher Former governor and IEB member at other schools in Bradford
Hobbies Singing, reading and visiting places of historical interest.
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school No
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

During the2014-15 academic year Miss Carr attended 6 out of 6 Full Governing Body meetings and 2 out of 2 Finance and General Purposes Committee Meetings.

During the 2015-16 academic year Miss Carr has attended six out of six of the full Governing Body Meetings and all three of  the Finance and General Purposes Meeting. She also attended the pay committee meeting in November.

During the 2016-17, Miss Carr has attended four out of six full Governing Body meetings.

staff Carr Miss Caroline

I love everything about Atlas Primary School really is a fantastic place to work.  Before coming to Bradford I started my teaching career in Leeds.  I have been a governor at two other schools in Bradford and was an IEB member at another.  It is always really interesting visiting other schools and seeing how they work.  Here at Atlas we have a committed team of staff, governors, children and parents who I have got to know extremely well during my 9 years here.  It is great seeing us go from strength to strength.

 

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Previous members of the Governing Body

Name and Governor Type: Eram Ali – Parent Governor

Elected by parents

End of term date:  30.09.20 (Resigned from post 31/08/16)
Responsibilities  
Background I  have 11 years experience of working  within the public sector, employed by Bradford Council as an Employment Adviser. My role was to assist and help people find employment and training.
Hobbies  Spending time with her with her family.
Business Interest in the school No
Governor at another school No
Related to any member of school staff No
Able to vote Yes

Erum Ali

Code of Conduct

“I decided to become a parent governor because I just love the whole environment and ethos Atlas School has to offer. The staff are very friendly, approachable and committed which makes learning for the children much easier.  The teaching is practical, fun and enjoyable which is why my son, Zaman who is currently in year 5 enjoys coming into school.    I truly believe the school has a lot to offer and is a fantastic place to kick start a child’s education, placing them for a successful future ahead. “

Mrs Ali joined the Governing body in September 2015 and she has attended five out of six of the full governing body meetings held so far this year.  Mrs Ali resigned as a parent governor on 31.08.16.