School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘Governing Body‘. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support Headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the Headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.
Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. We have a range of governors from different backgrounds including parents/carers, staff, local councillors and governors from the local community. If you are interested in becoming a governor and would like more information please contact the school office who can advise you further.
The Governing Body has three core functions, as set out in the Department for Education’s Governors’ Handbook:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school;
- Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money.
Our Governing body was restructured in August, 2018, and we have established the following governance structure for our school to undertake the core functions:
- 2 elected Parent Governors
- 1 elected Staff Governor
- 1 LA appointed Governor
- 7 Co-opted Governors (at least 1 of which will be a member of staff)
- The Headteacher
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body for their specific skills and experience.
The Full Governing Body meets at least once per term, with the following Committees also meeting at least once per term:
- Resources Committee
- Curriculum and Standards Committee
Other committees exist but may only meet once per year or when needed for specific duties, such as performance management, exclusions and appeals.
Individual Governors are linked to a subject within the curriculum so that they can monitor the development of that subject in line with the school development plan.
The work done by our Governing Body this past year has included:
- Ensuring the new National Curriculum is successfully embedded within school and continuing to monitor resources.
- Examining the key data which gives the results of pupil achievement and progress so that we can be sure we are on track to meet targets for all pupils.
- Assisting in the recruitment of new teaching staff and ensuring that teaching continues to improve throughout the school.
- Overseeing the maintenance and development of the school premises, making decisions about how the school should use the budget.
- Ensuring the safety and well-being of the children.
- Reviewing and agreeing key school policies.
The key priorities the Governing Body will focus on during the coming year will be:
- Continue to monitor the fulfilment of the school development plan and to engage in the production of future plans.
- Continue to develop the school premises and grounds.
We welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.