Glebelands Primary School

Stimulating Young Minds


Meet the Governors


Monitoring responsibility



Type & Term of Office

Brian Belcher




Associate Member


Speaking rights at all meetings; no voting rights



30-11-16 to 29-11-17

Chris Down




Governors’ CPD

Vice-Chair of Governors


Safer recruitment trained

Pay & Personnel (Chair)


Head teacher’s performance management panel

Co-opted governor




01-08-15 to 31-07-19

Denis Tanfa






Pay & Personnel Committee


Head teacher’s performance management panel

Parent Governor




21-06-17 to 20-06-21

Jane Farrington



Priority 2 - Literacy


Performance and Standards Committee

Co-opted governor






13-09-17 to 12-09-21

Lawrence Lee


Safer recruitment trained

Performance and standards


Resources management

Ex officio - Head teacher



Pay & Personnel



Name & Phone

Monitoring responsibility



Type & Term of Office

Liz Fawcett

Priority 11 - broad & balanced curriculum


Resources management

Staff Governor





23-06-17 to 22-06-21

Mark Kitchener



Performance and standards

By invitation of the governors

Nick Cox





Priority 10 - Behaviour

Anti-bullying governor


Behaviour and safety

Resources Management (Chair)


Pay & Personnel

Co-opted Governor




01-08-15 to 31-07-19

Saffron Jelley


Electronic copy

Priority 5 - SEND children’s progress - with Eric


Performance and standards committee

Co-opted governor






13-09-17 to 12-09-21

Sarah Farn

Priority 3 - Pupil Premium

Chair of Governors

Performance and standards

Parent Governor






Priority 9 - Safeguarding

Safeguarding governor

Resources management


Head teacher’s performance management panel





18-01-17 to 17-01-21

Sue Foreman




Safer recruitment trained


Clerk to the Governors


Name & Phone

Monitoring responsibility



Type & Term of Office

Tina Anderson





Values / SMSC Eco governor

Mentor for Jane & Liz

Resources Management

Co-opted Governor




01-08-15 to 31-07-19



(Max 5 members of staff inc head - currently 3)




Parent governor x 3

Co-opted governors x 2 LA governor x 1



Governance Statement


Annual Statement of Impact for the Governing Body of Glebelands Primary School


September 2017


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Glebelands Primary School Governing Body are: 


  • setting the vision and strategic direction of the school; 
  • holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance; and 
  • ensuring financial resources are well spent. 


Governance arrangements

All Governing Bodies of maintained schools are required to be constituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. Our Governing Body reconstituted on 1st August 2015. Please see the Governing Body contact list for the structure of the Governing Body.  


The Full Governing Body (FGB), Resource Management Committee (which focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters) and Performance Standards committee (which focuses on curriculum and pupil matters) meet each term to consider different aspects of the school in detail. We also have a Pay Committee which focuses on performance management of staff, and other committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.


Some of the work we have done during 2016/17

The Governing Body had a busy year and below is some of the business we have focussed on:


Following the Governing Body’s reconstitution at the end of the last academic year, one main focus has been on how we can develop and improve our team and structure to better support and hold the leadership to account, thereby ensuring we have a real impact on improvements within our school for the benefit of the children. The following are some of the actions we have taken to do this:

  • A skills audit was carried out on the members of the Governing Body to better understand any areas of development, and to identify that where further skills were required, that these would be desirable of any new governors coming onto the board, and/or training is taken by current governors.
  • The Local Authority's governance self evaluation tool was used to reflect on the audit/changes and to further ascertain where development was needed and celebrate strengths.
  • Following reconstitution, responsibilities were shared among all members to monitor the School Improvement Plan and share feedback appropriately at both committee and FGB levels.
  • An annual planner was created to better organise the work of the Governing Body between all committees and FGB, to ensure all statutory work is covered and meetings are more effective and efficient at dealing with business.
  • An executive committee was created to deal with the strategic elements of the FGB and to ensure the annual planner is effectively implemented.
  • An Induction pack was created to ensure that any new governors can 'hit the ground running' with mentors to support them and relevant information/training is identified and in place.
  • An academy working group was created to research and assess the national agenda and the changing landscape to support the FGB in decision making.


The pay Committee met throughout the year to look at objectives, approving performance related pay for staff and staying informed about quality of teaching and staff development.


The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is agreed by governors and staff and focuses on the actions needed for continuous improvement within school. The governors spent time in school monitoring and evidencing the good work of the school and identifying potential improvements that could be made in discussion with the headteacher. They spent time in the Performance Standards Committee monitoring pupil progress and achievement in different subjects across the curriculum including SEND and impact of interventions. Governors discussed this key data, to ensure that the school was on track to fulfil its ambitious targets – for all pupils. We are always monitoring our ‘vulnerable groups’ of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium and Sports Grants are being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes. (Please contact the office if you think your child is eligible for pupil premium as your child can benefit from receiving free school meals as well as additional support for trips, swimming and other activities).


Governors are particularly committed to safeguarding, behaviour and safety of all pupils, equality, anti-bullying, attendance and punctuality. Following an audit which was completed by the Headteacher and Safeguarding Governor, a report was prepared for the Governing Body to ensure the safeguarding policy is being met and all statutory requirements are effectively covered.


Governors are regularly involved in reviewing and agreeing school policies through a scheme of delegation and also carry out an annual check of the premises. 


Minutes of the Full Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – these are all available on the website.


Future plans for the Governors

Every child matters to the governors at Glebelands – we want them to flourish and be well prepared for the next stage of their life. We believe that by promoting school improvement, supporting and challenging the headteacher, monitoring and evaluating progress and ensuring best use of the budget, that we are having a positive impact in helping them achieve their potential. We will continue the good work that was achieved last year and look to improve and develop our own team to support these objectives.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for supporting our school and the children for their enthusiasm and attitude towards learning. I would also like to give a big thank you to all the Glebelands staff for the time and effort they put in to deliver excellent, engaging and creative teaching. Finally, a thank you to my fellow governors for their commitment, hard work and enthusiasm.  Together we are all 'what makes Glebelands great'!


Sarah Farn


On behalf of the Governing Body


Interested in becoming a governor?


We currently have vacancies for 2 co-opted governors. Please contact the Clerk to the Governors if you would like further information.



If you would like to contact Glebelands Governors, please write to:


Sue Foreman, Clerk to the Governors, c/o Glebelands Primary School


or email:




Register of interests


Governor Business interests Other educational establishments governed Relationships with school staff
Brian Belcher None None None
Chris Down GB-Innovations Limited, ICT Services (Managing Director) None None
Denis Tanfa

Project Manager Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands CIC, Researcher Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Spouse: Self Employed as Health Care Commissioner

None None
Lawrence Lee Employed by Leicester City Council None None
Liz Fawcett Employed by Leicester City Council None None
Nick Cox None Shaftesbury Junior School None
Tina Anderson

Employed by Leicester City Council


Spouse: Neil Watson, Employed by Hemingway Design

None None
Sarah Farn Employed by Babington Academy None None
Sue Foreman (Clerk)

Employed by Leicester City Council;

Glen Hills Primary School Academy; Cossington C of E Primary School

None None


From time to time, you receive a letter asking you if you are interested in becoming a governor. Whilst many of you may be interested, very few put themselves forward. This information sheet is designed to give you some information about what being a governor entails and some pen portraits of our current governors.

Name: Lawrence Lee,  Head Teacher


Type of governor: Head teacher


Background: I have been teaching for 13 years in Leicester City. 


Why did you become a governor? I wanted to get a better insight into the school’s decision making process as part of my own professional development.


What being a governor has involved Attending Governor’s training and courses.

Attending Performance and Standards Committee meetings as well as full Governors meetings.

Liaising with Literacy Co-ordinator to discuss whole school developments.

Being a part of the body which makes key decisions regarding the running and future of the school.


Name: Brian Belcher


Type of Governor: Associate governor


Background: After a secondary school education and a five year craft engineering apprenticeship and a restricted National Service (11th Hussars), I specialised as a machine tool fitter before moving into sales of many types (milk, bread, cooked meats and pies, furniture and clothes etc). After a short broadcasting course with the BBC, I became a freelance broadcaster on BBC Radio Leicester, before becoming a founder member of Hospital Radio Fox at the LRI, producing and presenting a magazine programme most Saturdays for 12 years. I returned to the engineering trade and retired in 2002.


Why did you become a governor? As my five grandchildren live in the south of England and I am unable to directly help with their education, I thought that I may help other people’s children as they start out on life’s journey; this is still my driving force.


What being a governor has involved: Regular attendance at curriculum and full governors’ meetings. Helping out in Foundation on Friday mornings for a number of years and accompanying various classes to swimming and the New Parks library. Accompanying staff and pupils to various functions in the city and county. Completing various jobs around school such as putting up shelving in and around the Foundation department, constructing flower beds and viewing areas for the pond, planting young trees and bushes around the perimeter of the school. Listening to children read most Wednesday mornings.

I have also attended about 12 governors’ courses run by the local authority and I have the certificates to prove this! I am in my third term and I get much satisfaction from the position.


Tina Anderson 

Co-opted Governor - Values / SMSC and Eco Governor


I have worked in education for the last 17 years in various posts.  I am now Premises Officer at Glebelands School.


I became a governor to have a better understanding of the whole school environment and to support the school going forward.


Being a governor, I have been involved with all full-governor and subcommittee meetings. I have attended several governor training courses.  As part of the Health and Safety team, I have shared my knowledge with others in order to improve the school environment.   I am now working on Glebelands being and ECO friendly school.

Minutes of Pay Committee 2014 - 2016


These minutes are confidential and are not published on the website.


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