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Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent by reason of the need to ensure that appointments are made to Governing Bodies for the school term September 2015

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNORS ADVISORY PANEL

Minutes of a meeting held on 30th September, 2015.

Present: Councillor C.P.J. Elmore (Chairman); Councillors P.J. Clarke and C.P. Franks.

 

Also present: Councillors L. Burnett, Mrs. P. Drake and J. Drysdale and Mrs. M. Gibbs (Vale Governors Association).


(a)    Apologies for Absence

These were received from Councillors T.H. Jarvie, F.T. Johnson and Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson.


(b)    Declarations of Interest

The following declarations were received:

 Councillor C.P.J. Elmore  Governor of Barry Comprehensive School  (Councillor L. Burnett being present for this item in place of Councillor C.P.J. Elmore.)
 Mrs. M. Gibbs  Governor of Llantwit Major Comprehensive Schools.


(Note: Both Members left the meeting during consideration of the applications in respect of their related schools.)


(c)    Report to Cabinet on 7th September, 2015 re Appointment of Three Local Authority Governors to Cogan Nursery School Governing Body Outside the Normal Process

The report had sought Cabinet approval to appoint three Local Authority Governors to Cogan Nursery School Governing Body outside of the normal appointment process.  Paragraph 14 of the report advised that following the decision of Cabinet, in respect of the report it was the intention to inform the Local Authority Governor Appointments Panel of the decision made by Cabinet.  The Chairman had therefore requested that a copy of the report be placed on the agenda for the Panel’s information, it being noted that Cabinet had approved the appointment of the three Local Authority Governors, namely Norman Craggs, Jackie Griffiths and Amanda Tilley.

Following consideration of the report, it was subsequently

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the report be noted.

Reason for recommendation

The Panel recognised that the School had been in a complex situation and the Governing Body required the appointment of three Local Authority Governors prior to the conclusion of the Local Authority Governor recruitment process, which was not due to conclude until mid-October.


(d)    Guidance Regarding Appointment Process

The Senior Governor Support Officer outlined the procedure and advised of the requirement for applicants to attach a completed skills register to their application.  The new procedure, which had been approved by Cabinet at its meeting on 8th September 2014, had also included inviting schools to complete and submit a Register of Need outlining the type of skills required for their Governing Body.  A full list of current Local Authority Governor vacancies was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.  Members were further advised that an advert had been distributed to all Elected Members, all Vale schools and members of the Vale Governors Association Management Committee in accordance with the Council’s policy.  Members were further advised that all existing Local Authority Governors whose terms of office were due to cease had been contacted to establish whether they wished to be re-nominated or not.

All applications that had been received prior to the closing date of midday on Thursday 17th September, 2015 were attached for consideration.


(e)    Exclusion of Press and Public

RESOLVED - T H A T under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 4 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act, the relevant paragraphs of the Schedule being referred to in brackets after the minute heading.


(f)    Applications for Appointment of Current Local Authority Governor Vacancies (Exempt Information – Paragraph 12)

Prior to consider of the applications Members were informed of late applications that had been received which were duly accepted.

Having fully considered the criteria for the appointment of Local Authority Governors, the applications and the information tabled at the meeting, it was

RECOMMENDED to Cabinet – T H A T the following appointments be made for the schools as set out below:

 School  No. of
Vacancies
 Appointments
Barry Comprehensive Schools – it being noted that the Director of Learning and Skills had utilised her statutory powers to appoint two additional LA Governors to the school, the number of vacancies had increased to three.  3 D.J. Davies
M. James– additional Governor
S. Davies – additional Governor
 Bute Cottage Nursery  2  R. Disley
M. Prosser
 
Cadoxton Primary
 1  F. Johnson
 Colcot Primary – Number of vacancies being one  1  M. Holmes
 Evenlode Primary  2  M. Prosser
A. Williams-Brunt
 Gwenfo C/W Primary  1  S. Williams
 High Street Primary  2  B. Blake-Smith
M.H. Kerb
 
Jenner Park
 2  B. Brooks
M. Petherick
 Llandough Primary  2  M. Bin-Sufyan
C.F. Williams
 Llanfair Primary  2  S. Trigg
A. Ford
 Llantwit Major Comprehensive  1  J.F. Clarke
 Oakfield Primary  3  M. Bin-Sufyan
M. Kerby
A.D. Griffiths
 St. Athan Primary  1  J. Thomas
 
St. Brides Major C/W Primary
 1  H.L. Dando
 St. Helen’s R/C Infant  1  B. Brooks
 St. Illtyd  2  J.M. Norman*
 St. Richard Gwyn R/C High  1  S. Bechares
 Stanwell  2  A. Williams-Brunt
other vacancy deferred

 

Reasons for decisions

(1)    Due to incomplete applications some incumbent Governors were not appointed to their respective schools.

(2)    To allow Cabinet to consider and agree appointments to the above school Governing Bodies.


At this point in the meeting, the Local Authority Governors Advisory Panel became inquorate with the Chairman advising that the meeting would be adjourned with a date to be confirmed within the next week.


RECONVENED MEETING APPOINTMENT OF LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNORS ADVISORY PANEL

Minutes of a meeting held on 8th October, 2015.

Present:
Councillor C.P.J. Elmore (Chairman); Councillors P.J. Clarke, C.P. Franks, N. Moore (substitute for Councillor F.T. Johnson) and Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson.


(a)    Apologies for Absence

These were received from Councillors T.H. Jarvie and F.T. Johnson.


(b)    Exclusion of Press and Public

RESOLVED – T H A T under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 4 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act, the relevant paragraphs of the Schedule being referred to in brackets after the minute heading.


(c)    Applications for Appointment of Current Local Authority Governor Vacancies (Exempt Information – Paragraph 12)

The remaining vacancies at the schools that had not been appointed at the meeting on 30th September, together with late applications, were considered.  It was also agreed that for the school vacancies for which no applications had been received, the Panel would consider applicants who had stated on their forms that they would accept being appointed to two schools or would take up an appointment at a school that was not their preferred choice.

Following which it was subsequently

RECOMMENDED to Cabinet – T H A T in addition to the above recommendations, the following appointments be made for the schools as set out below:

 School  No. of
Vacancies
 Appointments
 Gladstone Primary  1  A. Malkin
 Palmerston Primary and Romilly Primary  1  Officers to approach H.L. Dando to see if she would be willing to accept an appointment at either school and Cabinet be informed accordingly
 Pendoylan C/W Primary  1  M.G. Hughes
 St. Illtyd Primary  2  J. Owen
(and J.M. Norman as recommended above*)
 St. Nicholas C/W Primary  2  A. Malkin
S. Davies
 Sully Primary  1  Vacancy deferred
 Victoria Primary  1  M. Petherick
 Ysgol Dewi Sant  1  K. Harding
 Ysgol Iolo Morganwg  1  T.H. Jarvie
 Ysgol Y Ddraig  4  J.E. Durrant
R. Lloyd James
D. Thomas
A. Woods

 

Reason for recommendation

Some of the applications had been incomplete and with regard to applicants who were also parents at schools, the Panel’s view was that there was the Parent Governor avenue that could be explored.