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Structure and Committees

Riverdale Governing Body Structure and Constitution

The Riverdale Governing Body’s constitution is made up from both Teachers and appointments from the Local Education Authority and Co-Opted volunteers from the local community. The current constitution, from November 2016 is as follows,

Summary of Constitution

Chair Mr Chris Marley
Vice Chair Mrs Sue Nicholson
Clerk Mrs Angela Livingstone
Head Teacher Ms Kirsty Reilly


Summary of posts
Post Reqd Actual Short
Clerk 1 1 0
Co-opted 6 5 1
Co-opted (staff) 1 1 0
Head Teacher 1 1 0
Local Authority 1 1 0
Parent 2 2 0
Staff 1 1 0

Resources Committee

Mrs S Nicholson (Chair)
Mr M Bland (Clerk)
Mrs A Dewse
Mrs K Reilly
Mrs S Atkinson
Mr G Wright
Mr C Marley
Mrs K Berry

Quorum 3

Finance Matters

  • to consider the budget allocation from the LA and approve a budget within the funds available (allocation and reserves) for the financial year.
  • to provide a signed copy of the budget plan for the LA.
  • to ensure that expenditure does not exceed the funding available.
  • to monitor the school’s income, expenditure and projected outturn figures, comparing these against budget estimates and to take remedial action where necessary.
  • to monitor and approve virements within agreed limits (these limits should be specified in your remit).
  • to implement the Governing Body’s Pay Policy for all staff (teaching and non-teaching).
  • to determine and agree charges, including lettings, within the policy guidelines set by the whole Governing Body.
  • to contribute towards the school development plan, providing financial plans covering at least three years.
  • to review written descriptions of the financial systems and procedures annually.
  • to purchase services and agree service level agreements.
  • to ensure that all necessary insurance is in place.
  • to ensure value for money in purchasing.
  • to report regularly to the Governing Body on financial matters, giving up-to-date and accurate information.
  • to monitor staff appointments and liaise with the pay committee to consider its recommendations on staff salaries and wages.
  • to maintain a register of interests of Governors and staff, particularly when financial gain may be made.
  • to adhere to financial procedures and LA financial regulations and standing orders.
  • to adhere to the requirements of the School Funding Framework, Council’s Procurement Regulations and EU Procurement Regulations.
  • to ensure that the Governing Body complies with Data Protection requirements.
  • to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Schools Financial Value Standard.

Responsibilities of the Head Teacher and Other School Staff

The day to day management of financial systems and procedures is delegated to the Head Teacher and other staff at the school. The school has produced a document describing its financial procedures and practices and outlining the responsibilities that the Head Teacher and other individual members of staff have for particular tasks.

Premises Matters

  • to provide support and guidance to the Head Teacher on all matters relating to the school premises and grounds, security and health and safety.
  • to approve costs and arrangements for maintenance, repairs and redecoration within the budget allocation.
  • to annually inspect the premises and grounds and prepare a statement of priorities for maintenance and development for approval by the Governing Body and inclusion in the School Development Plan.
  • to ensure that the school complies with Health and Safety regulations and to undertake regular Health and Safety inspections of the school site.
  • to oversee the preparation and implementation of contracts in accordance with the requirements of the School Funding Framework, Council’s Procurement Regulations and EU Procurement Regulations.
  • to consider any applications for use of school premises outside normal school hours, bearing in mind the agreed policy and the needs of the local community.
  • to ensure the school follows any LA directions on community use outside school hours.
  • to receive, consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body on matters relating to the shared management of premises.
  • to monitor implementation of the School Development Plan/Action Plan in the area of premises and report progress to the Governing Body.

Staffing Matters

  • Determine staffing levels and annual teaching staff establishments.
  • At least one member, together with the Head Teacher, to participate in the recruitment and interviewing of teaching and non-teaching posts.
  • Annually review the Pay Policy
  • Annually review the Staff Appraisal Policy
School improvement committee:
Mrs S Nicholson (Chair)
Head Teacher
Mr C Marley
Mrs S Atkinson
Mrs Berry
Clerk: A governor who is available on a rota basis


  • To monitor progress against performance targets, ensuring appropriate action is taken to achieve the agreed targets.
  • To review and monitor implementation of the School Development Plan/Action Plan in the area of raising standards and improving performance and to report progress to the Governing Body.
  • To review the school’s curriculum statement, as required in the light of the LA curriculum statement and related policies and statutory obligations regarding the National Curriculum.
  • In collaboration with the staff to provide information about how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced.
  • To review and approve the policy and provision for sex education, drugs and other associated health issues and to make recommendations to the Governing Body where necessary.
  • To review the policy and provision for collective worship and RE and make recommendations to the Governing Body where necessary.
  • To prepare and approve information concerning the above to be published in the School Prospectus.
  • To ensure that the requirements of children with special educational needs are met.
  • To determine performance targets for the school in consultation with staff.
  • To adopt and review home school agreements.
  • Ensure the statutory content is published on the school’s web-site.
  • Set attendance targets

Pupil discipline and complaints committee

Membership: (a pool of all non-staff Governors, with 3 to be called on to hold a meeting)

Quorum 3

This Committee will:

  • review and determine the school discipline policy.
  • review permanent exclusions and review fixed term exclusions as required.
  • hear any appeals arising from complaints.

Note: There must be at least three Governors present, excluding the Head Teacher, for ordering the reinstatement of an excluded pupil.

Performance management and pay review committee

Mr C Marley
Mr G Wright
Mrs S Nicholson
Clerk: A governor who is available on a rota basis

Performance Management Matters

Quorum:  3 governors to be selected from the above group.


  • to implement, monitor and review the Pay Policy for all staff and ensure compliance with statutory provisions for both teaching and non-teaching staff
  • to make arrangements for the Pay Policy to be published and available under the agreed Freedom of Information Publication Scheme
  • To agree pay scales for staff as appropriate.
  • To consider reviews at other times in the year to reflect any changes in circumstances or job description that lead to a change in the basis for calculating an individual’s pay.
  • To apply fairly, criteria related to discretionary areas of pay, as identified within the Pay Policy.
  • To determine salary at the time of the annual review for all staff.
  • To consider the recommendations of the Head Teacher, Head Teacher’s Appraisal/Performance Management Committee/Pay Review Committee or delegated representative in relation to the pay of the school workforce.
  • To consider initial representations made by staff where there is a dispute regarding pay.
  • To ensure that statutory and contractual requirements are applied to all staff groups.
  • To ensure that teachers are informed about decisions reached in writing within one month of the decision; and that records are kept of recommendations and decisions made.
  • to report all decisions on pay to the Governing Body.
  • to ensure that procedures required by The school governance regulations are complied with, especially with regard to agenda and minutes.
  • to review the rate of payment for out of school hours learning activity work carried out by teaching and support staff, where applicable, on an annual basis.
  • to be accountable for decisions taken on matters of pay.

In the event of any member of staff being dissatisfied with his/her pay decision and the matter cannot be resolved following discussion with the Chair of the Committee, the committee will hear representation from that staff member at a meeting convened specifically for this purpose.

Procedure for staff appointments and dismissals

The Governing Body delegates the power to appoint and dismiss staff outside of the Leadership Group to the Head Teacher and a Nominated Governor (Chair or Vice-Chair). The Governing Body also delegates power to take appropriate action under disciplinary and capability procedures to the Head Teacher and the Nominated Governor.

Governors trained in Safer Recruitment
Kirsty Reilly  27 September 2006
Sue Nicholson 1 July 2009
Chris Marley 13 March 2015

Staff Hearing Committee

(Membership at least three governors to be selected by the Chair of Governors (excluding any governors paid to work at the school)

Quorum 3


  • To hear cases under disciplinary and capability procedures where the member of staff in question is the Head Teacher or another member of the Leadership Group and to determine an appropriate course of action, which may include dismissal.
  • To hear cases under disciplinary or capability procedures for members of staff outside the Leadership Group in cases where the Head Teacher has prior involvement in the investigation and cannot, therefore, lead the hearing stage.
  • To make decisions in relation to redundancy and early retirement where the member of staff in question is the Head Teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • To hear any grievance against the Head Teacher at Stage 2 of the grievance procedure (The Chair of Governors would deal with such a grievance at Stage 1 of the process).

Staff Appeals Committee

(Membership at least three governors to be selected by the Chair of Governors (excluding any governors paid to work at the school and any governors who served on the Hearing Committee for the case in question)

Quorum 3


To hear any staffing appeals, including:

  • Appeals under disciplinary, capability, redundancy, early retirement or grievance procedures.
  • Appeals against pay decisions, in accordance with the school’s Pay Policy.
  • Appeals under performance management procedures, including any appeal from the Head Teacher (Performance management appeals are dealt with under the grievance procedure)
Governor Responsibilities
Target setting Governor
SEN Governor Mrs H Stebbings
Children in care Governor Mrs S Nicholson
Safeguarding Governor Mrs A Dewse
Pupil Premium Governor Mr C Marley
Website updates Governor Mr C Marley


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