King Charles School is proudly part of Kernow Learning. Within the Kernow Learning governance structure, King Charles School has a Local Advisory Board and their work feeds into the on-going work of the MAT Board of Trustees.
The 3 Core Functions of Governance
Governance exists to provide strong strategic leadership to a school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance.
The Governance Handbook assigns 3 core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
Current King Charles School Governors:
Mrs Karen Bond (Chair)
Term of Office: 17/07/20 – 16/07/24
Responsibility – Safeguarding
Karen has been involved in school governance since 2009 when she was elected a parent governor at her children’s primary school. In 2016 she helped lead the School as their Chair of governors through conversion to academy status, where they, and six local primary schools formed Crofty Multi Academy Trust. From 2016–2018 she was their Chair of Trustees. During this time the Trust grew to a family of nine schools.
Karen is also an experienced National Leader of Governance. In this capacity Karen works with individual school, and Multi Academy Trust Governing Boards, to support and improve their governance. In July 2019 Karen was appointed a Trustee of Falmouth Multi Academy Trust.
Karen is an Independent Member of the Fostering and Permanence Panel for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Family Placement Service.
Karen has a BA Hons Degree in Professional Practice in Education and is currently studying part time for a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has previously worked in a primary school, which she feels helps greatly in understanding the challenges and opportunities which the school faces.
In her role as a governor at King Charles, and as part of Kernow Learning Multi Academy Trust, she is very much looking forward to supporting and challenging the school, to ensure each and every pupil has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Mrs Kate Venner de Cortez (Vice Chair)
Term of Office: 16/05/19 – 17/05/23
Responsibility – Stakeholders
Kate is a senior leader for a local charity and has worked in the voluntary sector in Cornwall and abroad for 20 years. Her focus is operational management with expertise in project management, governance, health and safety, data protection and HR. Kate has worked with schools, colleges, adult training providers and community projects my whole working life and started her career in youth and community projects.
Kate has been a governor at King Charles for a year and has a child in Year 4. She also has an older child who also attended King Charles and is now at secondary school.
Kate is passionate about schools serving to enable all children to thrive and about centralising the voices of children and their families in the governance and development of our school.
Mr Lee Moscato
Term of Office: from 01/02/2018
Lee has been the Headteacher at King Charles Primary School since February 2018. Lee has been working at King Charles for ten years altogether and has been class teacher, middle and senior leader and the head of school prior to this post.
Lee is passionate about ensuring the very best for everyone at King Charles and enabling everyone to shine!
As a Headteacher Governor, Lee reports to the Local Advisory Board on the progress the school is making in all areas of the School Improvement Plan and advise the Chair and other Governors on a range of matters in relation to the strategic development of the school.
Mr Gareth Harris
Elected Staff Governor
Term of Office: 12/06/2018 – 11/06/2022
Gareth has been teaching at King Charles for 6 years and as well as teaching in Year 5, he oversees PE & Sports, Sports Partnership links, Extra-Curricular provision and the Sports Premium funding.
Gareth is passionate about teaching and enjoys creating a fun, exciting and happy classroom environment. He has experience working with pupils with a range of abilities from different year groups and enjoys utilising a variety of teaching styles, which ensure that every child reaches their potential.
In his ‘spare’ time, Gareth enjoys watching and playing many sports, particularly rugby! In addition to this, he is also involved in amateur theatre and regularly performs in productions across the county.
Rev Sophie Chatten
Term of Office: 23/09/2020 – 22/09/2024
Responsibility: Christian Distinctiveness
Sophie is delighted to have been asked to be a Foundation Governor at King Charles School.
Falmouth is still quite new to Sophie, having only moved across from Guildford in early 2020. Sophie has recently been appointed as Lead Minister at New Street Church and Associate Priest at All Saints (Sophie also has some involvement at King Charles the Martyr Church too).
This is Sophie’s first opportunity to serve as a Governor and she looks forward to discovering more of school life and connecting with the other governors, parents, teachers and pupils in the coming months.
King Charles Local Governing Board – Governor Impact Statement 2019/20
Working with the Head Teacher, the Senior Leadership team and school staff, we strive to contribute to all core functions, including, but not limited to:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school;
- Ensuring the finances of the school are utilised appropriately and managed effectively.
This year has been a year of change. We were delighted to welcome Karen Bond (a National Leader of Governance) to our Local Governing Board (LGB) and at the end of this academic year we say goodbye to Anthony Deacon, Sean O’Connail and Jess Bidgood. All of who have been a part of our school family as parents as well as governors and for Tony, this has been a period of 16 years! Thank you for all that you have done over the years to support our school and its pupils.
There have been four formal meetings this year and these have fed into the Falmouth MAT governance structure. There has been local Governor representation at MAT Finance, School Improvement and Ethos meetings.
When the school closed in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, local governance was suspended. The CEO undertook monitoring on behalf of Governors and fed back to the Trust Board accordingly. This period also saw due diligence being undertaken to transfer the two primaries within Falmouth MAT to Kernow Learning.
King Charles School governors will fully resume their responsibilities in September but had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Kernow Learning in July so they could be aware of expectations moving forwards. They also started the Kernow Learning governor induction programme.
Key priorities for 2019/20
This year, the key priorities have been
- Ensuring the effective implementation of the curriculum
- Monitoring how successful the school’s reviewed vision and values are embedded
- Supporting the on-going developmental plans of the school’s nursery provision
- Ensuring that the school is prepared for its Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
Throughout the year, there has been a considerable focus on working towards improvement in progress and attainment across the Key Stages and individual year groups. This has been achieved by;
- Receiving and assessing reports from external professionals and considering the impact of these, using their content to identify best practice to support the development of strategies and plans for implementation at King Charles School.
- Receiving termly updates at LGB meetings through Headteacher’s reports, which have been scrutinised and challenged with appropriate questions designed to identify areas for potential improvement.
- Requiring that the Headteacher provides accurate assessments and judgements about the school strengths and areas to develop and reflecting against these with the School Improvement Partner and LGB Governors to ensure they give a balanced account.
Appropriate allocation of funds is key to the smooth running of the school and the development of the children, be that academically or from a welfare and sports perspective. The LGB has ensured appropriate and effective use of funding by;
- Scrutinising both Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding and holding the Headteacher to account on spend, to ensure correct allocation and appropriate use.
- Reviewing planning documents, raising challenge questions where required to seek clarity and confirmation that funding has been used to deliver best effect.
- Interrogating the FMAT Trust Accountant who provides financial information and budget information for Governors.
- Ensured financial security and planning for the development of nursery provision
As well as focusing on these priorities, this year has been a year of review and evaluation for the Governors at King Charles School. In September we welcomed to our school Iain Grafton. Iain is a National Leader of Governance. He was tasked by Falmouth MAT to carry out a detailed, in depth and external Governance Review. During this, Ian interviewed the Governors, probed and evaluated all the minutes and monitoring reports completed over the last twelve months.
Governance Review findings
- The governing board ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction and communicates high expectations and ambition;
- Governors systematically challenge the school by actively monitoring and evaluating the progress of the school improvement plan during the course of the year, asking questions, seeking information, setting targets, considering data and other information as appropriate;
- In partnership with the school staff, the governing board seeks the views of parents through appropriate consultation.
There were also some areas of development that we have worked hard on and look forward to embedding these further within the next academic year.
King Charles Key Priorities for 2020/21
- Embedding the curriculum development, particularly the impact of the curriculum and its drivers on the contextual application of the key skills so that pupil outcomes continue to improve.
- Opportunities for mastery and the deeper application across the curriculum for the most able pupils.
- Further raise standards by increasing the number of pupils achieving greater depth in writing across the school. Considering the skills needed to be an author.
- Build upon the early years to Year 1 transition so that pupils start Year 1 with increased confidence and ability in academic subjects.
- To develop a high-quality nursery provision for Falmouth and the local community.
- Planning and scoping out necessary catch up programmes in order to narrow the gaps caused due to missed learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Achievement of inclusive dyslexia friendly school status.
- Supporting mental health and wellbeing of all pupils so that they are ready to learn.
How will governors support our leaders to achieve this?
It is hoped that King Charles School will transfer to Kernow Learning on 1st September 2020. Governance expectations are clear and the LAB will meet half termly. In addition to this, the Chair of Governors will regularly take part in the Kernow Learning Chairs meetings. The Chair will also be meeting with the West Hub Super Chair to plan for the year ahead. This will involve changes in the way that King Charles School’s LAB works, however the Governors look forward to the challenge.
Monitoring visits will routinely take place, with specific attention to the school targets for improvement in; Reading, Writing, Maths, wider curriculum, EYFS provision and more. There will also be robust scrutiny of headteacher reports and a willingness to listen to all stakeholders.
Although we will be part of a new MAT, our commitment remains steadfast. We will continue to uphold the values of the school, making it an environment where everyone shines.
Mrs Kate Venner de Cortez
Chair of Governors
In 2019-20 there were no formal complaints received at King Charles C of E School
School Governors that have served in the last 12 months:
|Name||Category||Start Date||End Date|
|Mrs Jessica Bidgood||Co-Opted||01/09/2018||22/07/2020|
|Mr Tony Deacon||Co-Opted||01/04/2019||22/07/2020|
|Mr Sean O’Connail||Co-Opted||01/04/2019||22/07/2020|
|Dr M D Sharma||Parent||01/09/2018||01/12/2020|
To make contact with our Governors, you can do so through the school office by calling 01326 313607. Alternatively, you can e mail Mrs Claire Collins (Clerk to Local Advisory Board) on firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2019 – open here