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

A Message from the Governing Body
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 27 th 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 9 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.
Governor  Staff, Finance and Premises Committee 10 November 2020.
At this meeting, we discussed various policy updates, the premises maintenance work undertaken since March 2020 and the maintenance activities for the next year.
We carried out the six-month budget review, approved audit work undertaken, looked capital budgets and had an overview of staffing.
The latest updates to the Covid19 action plans were also circulated to members following approval by the Chair.
Mike Hill ( Chair).
Governors Meeting - Tuesday 20th October 2020.
At the latest meeting, we undertook our annual Governance review and looked at the key strategic objectives of the Schools and how the Governors work as a team, our skills, and the accountability and transparency of the Governing Body.
We also had an update of the latest Covid related risk assessments.
In addition, we received a presentation from a Governor who attended a training course giving an Ofsted update on Inspections.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governing Body.
Governors Update 1st September 2020
The first Governors meeting for the new school year took place on Tuesday 1 September via Zoom. I was re-elected as Chair of Governors and Deborah Thomas was elected as Vice-Chair. At the meeting, we approved a full range of policies and the main focus was to review and approve the risk assessments for the re-opening of both schools which had previously been approved by Worcestershire County Council and signed off by myself as Chair of Governors. The Governors also discussed and approved the Governance Risk Register.
The governors thanked all the staff for the hard work that has been put in, to allow for the re-opening of the schools.
We are sure that all pupils will have an active and engaging learning experience even with the new arrangements and we are sure parents will help us by ensuring childrens attendance is good.
Even with the changes school will still be an enjoyable and excellent learning. experience.
Governor update - Meetings held on Tuesday 7th July 2020.
The full governing body met for its last meeting for this teaching year on Tuesday. We discussed in detail the current limited school opening and plans for September.
We will of course at all times follow government guidelines and have full risk assessments as we re-open, as things currently stand it becomes compulsory for pupils to return to school in September.
The schools have detailed plans to achieve full opening and these will be communicated with parents in good time and as updated government information is issued.
Budgets for 2020/21 were noted following previous approval at Committee.
The Governors thanked the senior leaders and all staff for their hard work over the challenges in the last few months.
We look forward to welcoming pupils back in September to allow them to enjoy and engage in school life and learning, we do recognise concerns of parents and pupils and we will work to help overcome any concerns and anxieties.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governers.
30th April 2020
Governor Update.
As the Chair of Governors, I wanted to thank the staff, parents /carers, and pupils of the First and Middle school for their support in these strange times.
We will get back to some level of normality at some point but it's going to take some time and I am aware that some people have experienced particular situations and circumstances which will take a long time to get over.
I wanted to particularly express my thanks to the staff of both schools who have been working hard to try and stay in touch with pupils and are in school continuing to support Critical Worker Childcare and the support for vulnerable children.
As parents, you can find more information on how to support the learning of your children at home on our websites.
As a Governing body, we continue to meet via video conferencing meetings and we continue to deal with the governance matters of both schools in the normal way.
Once again, thank you to you all.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governors
Catshill Federation.

30th March 2020

Statement for Parents Covid-19

Dear Parent / Carer

As the Chair of Governors, I just wanted to say a thank you to all of our pupils, parents and carers for helping to support the school in these difficult times.

I have written to our staff to thank them for the massive effort and hard work they are making. We are providing childcare for children of Critical Workers and have even extended this into the Easter holiday. In addition, we aim to reach out to all our Free School Meal families with a new voucher system from Monday, April 20th (Currently packed lunches are available).

I know you will try your best to support your child’s education by helping them work at home with the support of our “Out of School Learning” materials.

I wish you all the best and stay safe, things will get back to normal at some point.

Mike Hill

Chair of Governors

Full Governing Body Meeting Tuesday 3 December 2019
A meeting of the Full Governing Body was held on Tuesday 3 December 2019 at this meeting a number of items were discussed including - school performance data, policy updates , staffing and budgets and the school development plans.
Arrangements were made for Governors to see presentations from staff at future meetings in the year focusing particularly on English and Math's delivery.
Two new Governors were appointed to the Governing Body.
Meeting 19th November 2019 Premises, Staffing & Finance
At the meeting held on Tuesday 19th November 2019, the Governors from the Sub Committee reviewed the budgets for the schools and current performance against budgets, it was pleasing that the schools are operating within reasonable budget parameters even though the funding environment is still very challenging. The priority of the schools is to ensure resources both in teaching and support are in place to help pupils develop in their education.
We recently had a local authority audit on governance and finance and the schools did very well with an excellent report.
We also looked at the latest premises and maintenance updates and staffing review processes.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governors
Meeting 3rd September 2019.
At this meeting the Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body were re-elected for a further year. The Committee considered training needs, the governors risk register, the school mission and strategy and the governing body performance review, these items will be followed up further at the next meeting. At future meetings the pupil performance data for the First and Middle school will be looked at in detail and policies will be reviewed and approved for the current year, also a training session for governors on the new Ofsted Framework for inspection schools will be undertaken.
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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Premises, Staffing and Finance Committee Roles and Responsibilities Profession
Emma Aston Parent Premises, Staffing and Finance   Self-employed cosmetic industry
Luke Attwell Co-opted Premises, Staffing and Finance Premises, Health and Safety Distribution Manager
Claire Brinn Co-Opted Premises, Staffing and Finance    Self-employed Finance Analyst
Paul Essenhigh Co-opted Executive Headteacher   Executive Headteacher
Michael Hill LA (Chair of Committee) Chair of Governors   Self-employed consultant to Further Education Colleges
Deborah Thomas


(Vice Chair of Governors)

Premises, Staffing and Finance 

Early Years Project Manager
Kate Sabin Staff – Non Governor

Premises, Staffing and Finance

  School Business Manager – CFSN & CMS
Graham Wilson 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 Co-opted School Improvement   Retired
Bakul Kumar Co-Opted School Improvement Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged Pupils Retired Consultant Health Service
Janet Lodge Co-opted School Improvement  Curriculum Caregiver
Anne McNaughton Co-opted

School Improvement

Careers Health, Safety and Social Care support services
Dave Morris Staff School Improvement   Teacher of Science
Georgia Plant Staff Head of School – CFSN    Head of School
Catherine Shearwood Co-opted School Improvement   English Retired Headteacher
Anna Smith Co-opted (Chair of Committee) School Improvement SEND / Safeguarding Retired Headteacher/Ofsted Inspector/Consultant
James Thompson Staff Head of School – CMS    Head of School
Richard Williams Co-opted School Improvement  Maths Director




Meeting 3rd September 2019.
At this meeting the Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body were re-elected for a further year. The Committee considered training needs, the governors risk register, the school mission and strategy and the governing body performance review, these items will be followed up further at the next meeting. At future meetings the pupil performance data for the First and Middle school will be looked at in detail and policies will be reviewed and approved for the current year, also a training session for governors on the new Ofsted Framework for inspection schools will be undertaken.
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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