About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  

 

GOVAS CHAIR’S REPORT TO THE AGM THURSDAY September 19th 2019( 6.30pm  for 7pm prompt start ALMA LODGE HOTEL, Buxton Road Stockport.)

This is my second and last annual report as GOVAS chair, as I am stepping down at the AGM, although I will continue as a committee member. I would like to thank GOVAS officers and committee members for their contribution and support over the last two years.

In my 2018 report I said that governors and trustees would “…need no reminding of the continuing challenges we face in in delivering our core functions amid continuing turbulence and uncertainty, much of which in my view is a consequence of the national policy context within which we all operate.”  Thinking about where we are now, I am tempted to use stronger language, but suffice to say, we have a new Secretary of State for Education, and lots of indication from the flurry of recent central Government announcements about schools that Education, and especially the compulsory stages of schooling are seen as a hot political issue. By the end of this school term, and perhaps even the first half term it seems almost certain there will have been a General Election. It seems to me reasonable to anticipate the outcome will have implications for schools one way or another which governors, with headteachers, will need to take account of and  manage risks, seize opportunities, whilst staying true to the school’s vision and ethos. I believe to be effective this has to be via a meaningful partnership approach between governors and headteachers based on mutual respect and recognition of the role of each, and an appreciation that governance and leadership are interlinked.

GOVAS  remains as a forum for governors and trustees in Stockport, a link with the Local Authority, and an organiser, in partnership with the Authority, of an annual Conference , pencilled in this school year  for Saturday March 28th. Officers also continue to meet several times a year with the LA, which allows the opportunity to remind of the key role of governors, one which in my long experience as a governor, and as a former Local Authority Officer working in Education myself ,can be ignored, marginalised or forgotten ; this happens too often when policies and other important issues are under consideration at all levels in the system!

Governing well, making a positive contribution and difference, is in my judgement very challenging indeed, however experienced one may be. It can also be very rewarding.  GOVAS itself is very much seeks fresh blood and fresh eyes  at both committee and officer level. Nomination forms may be accessed on the website or at the AGM

 Andy Kent GOVAS Chair (5th September 2019 )

NOMINATION FORM—GOVAS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

 

Name of Nominee..............................................................................................

Address...............................................................................................................

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School.................................................................................................................

Signature of Nominee.....................................................Date.............................

 

 

Name of Proposer................................................................................................

Address.................................................................................................................

School...................................................................................................................

Signature of Proposer......................................................Date ............................

 

 

Name of Seconder................................................................................................

Address..................................................................................................................

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School.....................................................................................................................

Signature of Seconder.......................................................Date.............................

 

 

NOTES

When filling in this form you should be aware of the regulations laid down in the GOVAS Constitution regarding nomination to the Management Committee. These are summarised below:

  •  All nominees must be a governor of a publically funded school whose Governing Body is a member of GOVAS, within Stockport Area.

  •  All Proposers and Seconders must be governors of publicly funded schools whose Governing Body is a member of GOVAS, within Stockport Area.

  •  No Governing Body may have more than one elected member on the Management Committee.  In the event of there being two successful nominees from one Governing Body, the nominee with the highest number of votes will be elected.  The other nominee will not be elected, but may request that they are considered for co-option.

  •  Incomplete, illegible or incorrectly completed forms will not be accepted.

  •  Completed nomination papers should be returned to the Secretary of the GOVAS Management Committee no later than the closing date as stated on Notice of AGM.

      STOCKPORT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION - GOVAS

 

  1. INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT:

    Accounting for years ended 31st August                                           2019       2018       2017

                                                                                                           £             £             £

    INCOME

    Maintained school subscription paid by LA                                    1,100      1,110      1,130

    Subscriptions from individual schools                                              100           70           60

    Donations                                                                                       0              0         300

                                                                                                      1,200      1,180      1,490

 

   EXPENDITURE

   Secretary and Treasurer expenses (postages, etc)                           54             44             9

   Website update                                                                               0               0             0

   General Conference expenses                                                         452          695      2,783

   Retirement and other gifts                                                                 0              0              0

   Audit Fee                                                                                          0            75           75

   NGA subscription                                                                              192         192         256

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                          698      1,006      3,123

   Excess of Expenditure (-) or (+)                                                          502         174     -1,633

 

  1. BALANCE SHEET:

 

  Funds held at Nat West Bank (01-08-38; a/c no. 41035461), Gt Underbank, Stockport

  Capital Account

 

  Bank balance at 1st September                                                             1,460     1,286     2,919        

  Less/add deficit (-) or surplus (+)                                                             502        174    -1,633

  Bank balance at 31st August                                                                  1,962     1,460     1,286

 

  GOVAS Chair: ……… Andy Kent                                                                Date: …… 2.9.19                                                        

  GOVAS Treasurer…… Robert G Twigg                                                        Date: …… 2.9.19

  Prepared from the records, information and explanations provided, and certified to be  

  in accordance therewith:

  Independent Examiner: … Stephen Powell (Chair GB Norris Bank PS)    Date: …... 2.9.19

Govas Annual General Meeting

held on 9th July 2018

at Priestnall School

                      MINUTES

  • Welcome by the Chair

The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed those attending to  the meeting.

  • Apologies

Ian Ritchie,Robert Twigg

  • Approval of minutes of last AGM held on July 5th 2017

The minutes were approved

  • Matters arising from minutes

There were no matters arising

  • Notification of AOCB

There was no AOCB

  • Govas Management Committee Report

The Chair opened the report by putting on record Govas’s thanks to Stuart Foster, our former chair, for his work and commitment to Govas over several years.He also thanked the present Committee members for their support and contribution over the last twelve months.

The AGM is now arranged in the summer term together with an external speaker.

Last years presentation was on financial efficiencies. This year we  welcomed Anne

Seneviratne (HMI) who spoke about the work of Ofsted, entitled “The Lost Years”

The main event for Govas each year is the organisation of the Annual Conference,which is actively supported by officers of Stockport Council.This years title was”Effective Governance in Challenging Times”,with Emma Knights, the Chief Executive of the NGA, as guest speaker.

Feedback from the 135 Governors attending was overwhelmingly positive.

Govas continued to meet regularly with officers of the LA.These meetings provided a great opportunity to share views and information on school issues.

Governors/Trustees were reminded of the continuing challenge faced in delivering core functions amid continuing turbulence and uncertainty.

The Secretary of State recently announced increased national funding for Governor training,but nothing was said about curriculum and assessment changes,teacher supply, funding of pay or school capital funding and budgetary challenges faced as school numbers rise.

Stockport remains one of the lowest funded authorities, with no great signs of this improving.One of Govas’s priorities must be to work collaboratively  for improved national funding.There is also scope for Chairs/Governors/trustees to deveop a local forum.

Locally we say farewell to Phil Beswick,who has been a champion of education in Stockport for many years.Govas thanks him for his support and wished him well in retirement.It is important that any succession plan provides continuing commitment to support high quality education.

So far as Govas is concerned. to make a worthwhile contribution,we need the continued support of all schools and Governors.especially at our Conferences.

We also need new faces on the Management Committee,individuals willing to make a contribution to our work.We also hope that schools/academies that are not members will join Govas (membership is £10)

        7  Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet

The Treasurer Report was presented. It showed how Govas is funded and how the money is spent.

        8   Election of Management Committee Members

5 existing members of the Committee had applied for re-election.Andy Kent,

Ian Ritchie, Robert Twigg, Anne Trafford and Jurgen Roling were re-elected.

        9   Change to the Constitution

Date of Annual General Meeting

             The Constitution reads that there shall be an Annual General Meeting each year

             before the end of April.

It was approved that this now read There will be an Annual General Meeting in each school year .Normally this will take place in the summer term.

 

        10  AOCB          

            None

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

     11 Date of next AGM

           To be arranged

STOCKPORT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION (GOVAS)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On Thursday 19th September 2019

At The Alma Lodge,149 Buxton Road, Stockport,SK2 5EQ
Commencing at 6.30 pm

 

We are holding the GOVAS AGM on Thursday 19th September2019 commencing at 6.30 pm
The Agenda and all relevant papers are attached. Please bring these along to the
Meeting.

All Governors attending the AGM will have the opportunity to let us know how you feel about the work of GOVAS and how it represents the interests of Stockport Governors.

We would also be delighted if you would consider taking a more active role in the work of GOVAS by considering being nominated for the Govas Management Committee. Attached is a nomination form for membership of the Management Committee.

Please read the note on the nomination form indicating regulations laid down for nominees and proposers.

If you wish to submit a nomination form please either post it to me, P M Eveson at 2 Wittenbury Road,Stockport,SK4 3LX by 17th Sept.2019 or hand it in on the day at the AGM.

If you wish to contact me my e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regards

Mike Eveson
Govas Secretary

               

GOVAS AGM AGENDA

       Meeting on THURSDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2019

at  ALMA LODGE,STOCKPORT, SK2 6EQ commencing at 6.30 pm

1. Welcome by the Chair


2. Apologies for Absence

 

3. Approval of minutes of last AGM held on July 8th 2018 (attached)

 

4. Matters arising from minutes

 

5. Notification of AOCB

 

6 Management Committee Annual Report

 

7 Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet


8 Election of Management Committee Members

 

9 AOCB

 

10 Date of next AGM