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Message from the Chair

Hello and a very warm welcome from the governors of The Royal Spa Nursery School.  I have the privilege of being the Chair of Governors.  As governors we are immensely proud of the nursery and the wonderful community spirit that helps make this school outstanding.

The governors make regular visits into school and through these we can see the dedication of all members of staff in providing the best education whilst taking care of the children’s emotional wellbeing. I am also constantly impressed by the children’s understanding of how they learn, their enthusiasm to learn and their good behaviour. 

Who are we?

We are volunteers and we come from every section of the community. The Royal Spa’s governing body is made up of 10 members of staff, parents, local authority and community representatives.  We meet twice a term and visit the nursery each term also.

What is our purpose?

To help the nursery to provide the best possible education for your children.  We support and encourage all aspects of nursery life by acting as a "critical friend". By that we mean we fully support the staff but also ask important and difficult questions. We are an integral part of life at the nursery. We celebrate the nursery’s many successes and achievements, but we do not shy away from identifying and addressing any weaknesses.

What are our key roles?

The governors take a long-term overview of the school. We agree its vision, values, strategic aims and its policies. We monitor and evaluate the school's performance and ensure the nursery is accountable to everyone it serves, ie: the children, parents, staff and local community.

Duties and powers?

School governors have a number of very important legal responsibilities. We oversee the school's budget, we are responsible for the health and safety of staff and children on school property. The governing body is also responsible for major appointments such as the headteacher.

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Brighton & Hove City Council Information on Becoming a School Governor

 

The Royal Spa Nursery School Governing Body 2023-24

Name

Role

Term of office from

Term of office to

Appointed by

Original Appointment date

Emma Bennett

Chair of Governors 

Co-opted Governor

13/07/2023

 12/07/27

Governing body

01/12/2016

Alberto Schiannini

Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

10/11/2023

09/11/2027

Governing body

01/10/2015

Mary Ellinger

Headteacher

01/09/2016

-

Member by virtue of their office

01/09/2016

Jennie Hill

Staff Governor

Deputy Headteacher

18/09/2016

 29/09/24

Elected by Staff

18/09/2012

Kelly Myatt

Co-opted Governor

6/12/2023

5/12/2027

Governing Body

4/12/2019

Julie Canavan

Co-opted Governor

14/12/2022

13/12/2026

Governing Body

14/12/22

Emma Liles

LA Governor

06/03/2024

05/03/2028

Local Authority & Governing Body

06/03/2024

Frankie Stanton

Co-opted Governor

06/03/2024

05/03/2028

Governing Body

06/06/2024

 

 Governors who have left the Governing Body in the last year:-

Christine Booth , LA Governor 29/03/23 - 28/3/27, resigned on 15/06/2023

Tom Shah, Parent Governor 21/06/2022 - 20/06/2026, resigned on 17/10/2023

Luke Murray, Parent Governor, 29/11/2019 - 28/11/2023 - end of term.

Kate Greenslate, Co-opted Governor, 04/12/2019 - 03/12//2023 - end of term

Register of Interests

Name

Date Declared

Business/pecuniary interests

Governance roles in other educational establishment

Emma Bennett

27/09/2023

none

Vice Chair of Governors at Woodingdean Primary School

Alberto Schiannini

TBC

 

 

Mary Ellinger

27/09/2023

HT at Royal Spa Nursery School

none

Jennie Hill

27/09/2023

Deputy HT at Royal Spa Nursery School

none

Kelly Myatt

28/09/2023

none

none

Julie Canavan

27/09/2023

none

none

 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

Date

EB

AS

ME

JH

CB

KG

KM

LM

TS

JC

FS

EL

06/03/2024

Y

Y

Y

Y

N/A

N/A

N

N/A

N/A

Y

Y

Y

06/12/2024

Y

Y

Y

Y

N/A

N/A

Y

N/A

N/A

Y

 

 

27/09/2023

Y

N

Y

Y

N/A

Y

N

Y

N

Y

 

 

13/07/2023

Y

Y

Y

Y

N/A

N

Y

Y

N

N

 

 

18/05/2023

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

 

 

29/03/2023

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

 

 

01/02/2023

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

 

 

14/12/2022

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

N

N

 

 

05/10/2022

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

n/a

 

 

20/07/2022

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

n/a

 

 

17/05/2022

Y

N

Y

N

Y

N

Y

N

 n/a

n/a

 

 

6/04/2022

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 n/a

n/a

 

 

2/02/2022

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

 n/a

n/a

 

 

8/12/2021

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

 N

 Y

 Y

 n/a

n/a

 

 

6/10/2021

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

 n/a

n/a

 

 

The governing body is required to publish individual governor attendance at meetings in the last year. In the table above governors' initials are listed along the top and meetings are listed on the left.

Y = in attendance  N = not in attendance  n/a = not applicable

Minutes of FGB Meetings

These are available in the school office on request.

If you have any questions about the role of school governors or how to become one, do not hesitate to ask. Contact our Clerk to the Governors, Helen Haskew by email - helenhaskew@royalspa.brighton-hove.sch.uk