The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

The ultimate accountability for Great Clacton Church of England Junior School and Nursery lies with the Board of the Trust. Through the scheme of delegation most of the responsibilities are delegated to a Local Hub Board appointed by the Trust.

Find out more about the Vine Schools Trust Board.

Trust Interim Board

The Board acts as a committee of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust Board of trustees/directors. Currently this is made up of:

Mrs Helen Hardwick – VINE MAT Board Appointed
Mrs Pauline Solosy – VINE MAT Board Appointed
Mrs Catherine Mann -VINE MAT Board Appointed
Rev Mark Mulryne – VINE MAT Board Appointed
Mrs Tosca Boothman – VINE MAT Board Appointed
Mrs Karen Jones – Headteacher Governor
Mr Lee Caffull – Staff Governor
Vacancy – Parent Governor
Vacancy – Parent Governor

All Governors may be contacted through the school office:

Chair of Governor Mrs Tosca Boothman
Safeguarding Governor – Mrs Tosca Boothman
Clerk to the Governors – Mrs Jill Haines

Governance Statement

Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Great Clacton C of E Junior School

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Gt Clacton C of E Junior School Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body of Gt Clacton C of E Junior School was re-constituted in 2014 and is now made up of 1 Incumbent ex-officio, Headteacher ex-officio, 4 MAT appointed Governors, 1 Staff Governor and Deputy Head Teacher Co-opted Governor. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: on our Governing Body. The full Governing Body meets twice each term.

The Work We Have Done

The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year, working with our advisor from Aspire on a tailored program of CPD around school improvement, data and procedures. The school had a successful SIAMS and MAT review. The Governor responsible for Learning and Teaching has spent time looking at the learning environment and familiarising himself with strategies in English and Maths. Using key data, the Governors discuss the results of pupil achievement and progress, so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils. We are also concerned about our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.

Governors are also particularly concerned about safeguarding and we had a Nominated Governor for Safeguarding (Mrs Norman) who gave a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters. The Chair, Reverend Mark Mulryne will now be taking this role on.

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and adopting school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies, including Behaviour Management and Safeguarding. We also approved a new Attendance Policy, as a result of legislation changes that no longer allow schools to authorise term time holidays. The Governing Body recognises the problem that this may cause for some parents, but we are very pleased that attendance figures at the school have improved over recent years.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings. We have had finance training to enable us to track spending and make financial decisions.

Future Plans for The Governors

Governors are looking at ways to further improve their role in school. Monitoring as dictated by the school plan takes place on a regular cycle and CPD is planned to address the issues Governors need to know to be more effective. Governors receive training four times a term at meetings with Aspire Coach.

How You Can Contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings; minutes of governing body meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the school website.

Attendance Record of Governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made). See the school website for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

Governors Business Interests

Karen Jones (Headteacher)
Business Interest declared: Husband is a Governor at St Osyth C of E Primary School and Mistley Norman C of E Primary School: 26/09/19

Tosca Boothman (Chair- Trust Appointed Governor)
Business Interest declared: Member of ESGA, NGA, Governor at South Essex Academy Trust, and Grange Primary School Wickford, and St Nicholas C of E Primary Tillingham, and Southminster C of E Primary, and St Cedds C of E Primary – 08/11/19

​Sarah Catherine Mann (Trust Appointed Governor)
Business Interest declared: Minor Share holder for Barclays PLC, and a Union Member of National Education Union – Declared: 26/09/19

Rev Thomas Mark Mulryne (Trust Appointed Governor)
Business Interest declared: PCC of Great Clacton Parish, Caroline Mulryne – Treasurer of FFSA – 26/09/19

Pauline Solosy (Trust Appointed Governor)
Business Interest declared: Non declared: 26-09-2019

Helen Hardwick (Trust Appointed Governor)
Business Interest declared: Non declared: 26/09/19

Lee Caffull (Staff Governor)
Business Interest declared: Non declared 26/09/19

Kim Umney (Business manager)
Business Interest declared: Non declared: Declared: 26/09/19