Inspiring a Love for Lifelong Learning
"The role played by the governing body has developed rapidly since the last inspection. Governors work closely with other leaders. They provide good levels of support and challenge for the school."
Ofsted December 2014
Central Government, quite rightly, has high expectations of all governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. This is underpinned by law, which states that the purpose of governing bodies is to “conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school”.
There are three core functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.
From time to time we ask all members of the Governing Body (GB) to take part in a skills audit and we commission external reviews of governance. This allows us to constitute the GB in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and in line with the needs of this school.
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There are 12 Governors on our Governing Body. At present there are some vacancies - elections are to be held for two Parent Governors and there is a vacancy for a Co-opted Governor.
All our Governors attend the Children and Learning Committee as all have a close interest in the pupils’ education, progress and attainment. Governors regularly come into school for the day to spend time in the classrooms, meeting and hearing from staff, and for the committee meeting itself, where they report back. To advise this committee and to scrutinise detail in the data we have a small Attainment Sub-Committee. There is one other committee, Resources which, among other things, committee deals with finance, spending, the budget and property matters. Governors with the appropriate training also sit on Appeals and Discipline Panels as and when necessary, and there is an Appraisal Panel with trained Governors.
In addition to attending committee and Full Governing Body meetings, Governors have specialist roles. Details for our Governors are as follows, along with information about attendance for the previous academic year September 2015 - August 2016 (seven meetings) and declared interests:
Ms Liz Down
Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body, term of office September 2014 to September 2018; declared interests, none; attended six of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.
Mr Paul Goulden
Co-opted Governor and Children in Care Governor, Chair of the Resources Committee, Governor responsible for liaison with the Local Authority in the event of allegation (Child Protection) against the Headteacher and Governor responsible for Early Years and for Inclusion, Special Needs and Disability; term of office September 2014 to September 2018; declared interest, Governor at the Marjory Kinnon School, Bedfont, Middx; attended all Full Governing Body meetings.
Mr Martin Baker
Mrs Claire Dyson
Mr Keith Proffitt
Mr Nick Watkins
Co-opted Governor, Vice-chair of the Governing Body, Governor responsible for Training & Development and Link Governor, term of office September 2014 to September 2018; declared interests, none; attended six of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.
Mrs Lynsey Makepeace
Assistant Headteacher and Special Education Needs Co-ordinator, Co-opted Governor, term of office September 2014 to September 2018
Mrs Sarah Tarrant
Headteacher, term of office started September 2009; declared interests, none; attended all of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.
Mrs Sue Taylor
Staff Governor, member of the Resources Committee, term of office January 2015 to January 2019; declared interests, none; attended all of the Full Governing Body meetings over the previous year (2014-15).
As well as attending committees, all Governors make frequent visits in school in the course of fulfilling their various roles, and also more informally to attend events and meet with staff and pupils.
In attendance at Resources Committee:
Mrs Amanda Woods
School Business Manager, who presents the budgets and keeps Governors informed about all financial matters throughout the school year.
Ms Jill Sanders
Clerk to the Governing Body: Ms Jill Sanders, who draws up agendas and minutes for the termly meetings: two Full Governing Body meetings, two Curriculum Committee meetings and the Resources Committee.
Email for the Governing Body: firstname.lastname@example.org