Catshill Middle School and Catshill First School and Nursery Federation Governing Body

A Message from the Governing Body
Welcome back to the new school year, as a Governing Body we will be trying to keep you up to date of our work in the newsletters and on the schools websites. So far this term we have reviewed a number of policies and updated the schools strategic vision and strategic plan, we have also reviewed with the schools management the performance data on pupil achievements for the last school year. As the year goes on I will keep you updated on the work of the Governors.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governors


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Parent View October 2016


Chair of Governors: Mike Hill
Clerk to Governors: Wendy Gardner


Declaration of Interest of Governors at: The joint governing body of Catshill Middle School and Catshill First School & Nursery Federation, 2018 - 2019. 

Chair of Governors: Michael Hill

Clerk to Governors: Wendy Gardner

Premises, Staffing and Finance Committee Links to other GB Profession
Emma Aston Parent Staffing, Premises and Finance   Self employed cosmetic industry
Luke Attwell Co-opted Staffing, Premises and Finance   Project Co-ordinator
Debbie Crosk Co-opted School Improvement   Childminder
Paul Essenhigh Co-opted Executive Headteacher   Executive Headteacher
Michael Hill LA (Chair of Committee) Chair of Governors   Self-employed consultant to Further Education Colleges
Stacey Pickavance Parent Staffing, Premises and Finance   Client Director
Deborah Thomas Co-opted Staffing and Finance   Project Manager
Kate Sabin Staff – non Governor Staffing and Finance   School Business Manager – CFSN & CMS
Glen Nicholls Staff – Non Governor Site Manager – CFSN & CMS   Site Manager – CFSN & CMS
School Improvement Committee    
Liz Dane Co-opted School Improvement   Qualified Teacher
Paul Essenhigh Co-opted Executive Headteacher   Executive Headteacher
Jayne Harper Staff School Improvement   Behaviour Management / Attendance / Safeguarding Deputy
Anne McNaughton Co-opted School Improvement   Training and Development Co-ordinator
Georgia Plant Staff Head of School – CFSN   Head of School
Catherine Shearwood Co-opted School Improvement (Vice Chair of Governors)   Retired Headteacher
Anna Smith Co-opted (Chair of Committee)

School Improvement

Safeguarding & SEND

  Retired Headteacher/Ofsted Inspector/Consultant
James Thompson Staff Head of School – CMS   Head of School
Richard Williams Co-opted School Improvement   Director
Helen Wood Co-opted School Improvement   Marketing Executive


Governor Attendance Record - Academic Year 2017-2018

Governor Declaration of Interests



Governors meeting Tuesday 7 July 2019.
It was a busy end of term meeting and governors discussed a wide range of topic's including the budgets for next year, attendance information, absence issues with a small number of pupils, safeguarding policies and updates.
We review very encouraging pupil progress data for the First school and as usual asked challenging questions of staff on pupil attendance and likely end of year outcomes.
I am sure all parents will work with the school staff and your governors by ensuring the best possible attendance of children at school and by not taking children out of school in term time as this is disruptive to pupils and is against school procedure and can lead to fines being imposed, which I am sure everyone wants to avoid
At the next meeting in September we will review governor performance in the previous year and look at our strategic role as governors and  key issues we are going to focus on in the next school year.
Governors meeting held on Tuesday 12 March 2019.
As part of our process of keeping parents informed I thought you would be interested in the key things we discussed at our recent Governors meeting.
The focus was on presentations by managers at both schools on the performance of pupils and we looked at the progress of groups of learners and we discussed some attendance issues.
I would remind parents that it is your responsibility to ensure your children attend the school on a regular and timely basis, while in overall terms our pupil attendance is good we have some issues in certain areas which need addressing.
We also looked in detail at the proposed new Ofsted Inspection Framework 
with its focus on the wider curriculum experience pupils receive.
We reviewed the development plans of both schools and discussed the Head Teacher's termly report on current issues and developments.
At the Governing Body meeting on Tuesday 4th December we welcomed four new parent governors recruited from our recent advert for new governors. 
At the meeting we had a presentation from the Executive Head as part of his termly report to Governors and we had updates from each Head of School on the School Plans and achievements to date along with work still in progress.
A key focus for governors is on pupil absence and the role parents have in helping improve this and the role the school needs to have in engaging with parents in helping parents contribute to their children's learning plans.



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