2016 AGM Minutes & Presentations


Minutes of the AGM held on Wednesday 9th November, 2016 Melior Community College





Ewart Gibbs

Fiona Wilding

John Fitzgerald

John Jacques

Jean Holder

Rachel Stephenson

Mrs. Dawson (Chair – Holme Valley)

Mary Elliott (Head – Enderby Road Infants)

Angela Kipling

Alan West

Carol Eton

Rhonda Platemore

Deborah Holland

Kirstie Harris


Minutes of the AGM (11th November, 2015)


All agreed the minutes were a true record.



Matters Arising


No matters arising


Report from Chair




·         extremely active, keeping up with developments both locally, regionally and nationally.

·         the majority of schools subscribe to the Association

·         2 new members have joined the Executive,  Barbara Spencer and Deborah Holland who has taken on the role of Secretary

·         aim to represent Governors with generic concerns.  The constitution makes us representatives of Governors.

·         have continued communication with the Local Authority.  This includes the Governance Matters group which meets with Pete Thorpe and Tina Page at the beginning of each term e.g. review of Governor Insurance. Provided Boards take advice and act reasonably they will be covered by the overarching Local Authority Insurance.  However in an Academy it is imperative the Board makes sure that it has Governor Indemnity Insurance.  There is always ongoing dialogue between Exec. Members and the Local Authority.

·         Relationships with the Local Authority as well as the Diocese are very good. However, challenging and courageous conversations still take place.

·         were involved in the review of the booklet “All our Children”

·         have received support from a variety of sources but we are independent

·         members of the Executive work tirelessly behind the scenes

·         a Governor conference was held approx. 18 months ago and another is being planned for September 2017. The Local Authority are leading on this but we have a representative on the group

·         work closely with H.R. and sit with them when they are meeting Union representatives to discuss Policies.

·         Conferences and other events outside North Lincolnshire are attended so that the wider picture can be reported on

·         a member sits on the Education Standards Board

·         Budget Briefing Sessions are arranged for Governors

·         links with the National Governors Association are strong.  They recognise that North Lincolnshire is very active and they also give us good support

·         Rob Smith keeps our website up to date with anything that is of relevance either nationally or regionally


Mrs. Dunkerley thanked everyone who had supported the executive over the last year.

Mrs. West then thanked Mrs. Dunkerley for all her hard work on the Executive supporting Governors and schools.



Report from Treasurer


A balance sheet was circulated.


Income was reported as £800.00

Expenditure was reported at £617.75

Profit was reported as £182.25


Mrs. West reported that due to schools amalgamating/federating, income was diminishing. Therefore, it was proposed that from next September, a flat rate fee of £25.00 per school be charged.  It was also pointed out that North Lincolnshire has one of the lowest fees nationally. 


It was unanimously agreed (14 schools represented) that the fee of £25.00 be charged.



Election of Committee and Officers


All agreed the following people were elected:


Angela Dunkerley, Peter Raspin, Denise West, Robert Smith, Angela Kipling, John Speyer, Barbara Spencer, Deborah Holland.


An expression of interest had been made by Eleanor Wasley and she was elected.


Angela Dunkerley was elected Chair

Denise West was elected Treasurer

Peter Raspin was elected vice chair of the executive.

Deborah Holland secretary


Membership of the National Governors’ Association (NGA)


It was agreed that the NLAGB should continue to affiliate.


Angela Dunkerley – Determining the Direction of Travel


At the present time whether to convert to an Academy is still causing concerns for Governors.


Governors should be cautious and careful about converting.  They should always think of the students/children.  What difference is it going to make to the young people?


“Education Excellence Everywhere” stated that all schools should be academies by 2020 (May 2016) and then the Government signalled that all schools should be academies but not by 2020. However, in October 2016 it was stated that the planned Bill was not being brought forward. However, the focus is still encouraging schools to covert voluntarily.


Emma Knights of the NGA has said that Governors are crying out for more information about Academies.  There is little evidence that Academies make a difference to educational outcomes. There is also concern about the number of good sponsors. Key questions need to be asked if schools are considering changing their structure (copies were available at the meeting).  NGA suggests “growing your own group” i.e. joining with local schools who have a similar ethos.  If converting, the Articles of Association must be studied carefully.  Governors must appreciate the changes both legal and financial.


At the NGA conference on 1st October the Regional Schools Commissioner was the speaker. She said that the new Secretary of State was reflecting and taking time concerning structures of schools but the focus is now on standards and quality.  She said that everything had to go back to the children and there must be a balance of knowledge and skills. Outcomes are now overly complicated.


Academies and MATS have still to prove they deliver good standards.  No school can now work in isolation.  It is important that Governors and SLT are as strong as they can be and form good relationships with others e.g. Local Authority.




The power of Governors to challenge is crucial for strong governance.

She went on to say that in many MATS governance is not yet right. Not all members should be Trustees and they must not be remote.


Governance arrangements are scrutinised when changes are made within MATs.


The Schools Commissioner would like direct communications with Chairs.


At present on Edubase dates of birth and postcodes do not have to be added if Governors do not wish them to be.


The aim is to have world class governance.



Peter Thorpe


It is a very confusing agenda


Q. It’s about the children but do we have a choice?

A. Yes if your school has good outcomes and remains good, you do have choices.


Secretary of State now has over 2,000 powers but education is moving to regional control under the Regional Schools’ commissioners.


A document “Schools that Work for Everyone” is very useful to look at.  It also includes selection in education.


No schools had been closed in North Lincolnshire during the past two years.  However, six had amalgamated and seven had federated.  Many other schools have collaborated with other schools but governors are not often involved in this type of working together.


If a school is deemed to be inadequate it must be converted to an Academy with a sponsor


Q. Could the Local Authority form a MAT?

A. There is an inherent problem with a Local Authority MAT. The Local Authority are there for all the children but it they form a MAT, a club is carved out and therefore the Local Authority  would not be there for all children.


Q. Could we get round that problem?

A. Groups of schools could work together.  HR, Legal and other Local Authority departments could help schools with this.


It was discussed what environmental conditions would encourage the formation of larger structural arrangements of schools –


·         Fear of a take over

·         Bigger collective ambition

·         Ofsted

·         Budget/money

·         Competition between schools for pupils


“if conditions are getting rougher, may need a bigger ship”


Q.  Where do we go to for advice if starting a MAT?

A. The Local Authority is neutral. However, we would work with schools to get them started.


(NGA Gold Line offers good advice on legalities).


A discussion then ensued.  It was suggested that Governors assimilate information which had been discussed and then look at ways which can help Governors  to move forward.


It was stated that difficulties arise because of the change in policies of the Government.


Thanks were expressed to Pete Thorpe and Angela Dunkerley.



Any other Business



Date of 2017 AGM

15th November, 2017 at 7 p.m.


Date of next executive committee meeting

7th December, 2016 7 p.m.

Peter Thorpes' Presentation Rising to the challenge of system wide transformation.
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Angela Dunkerleys' Presentation Determining the Direction of Travel for Your School.
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Academies Questions for Governors' Sept 2016.

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