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 and now expects them to work to a competency framework. Governors 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.
To ensure Governors carry out these functions successfully, there is a framework of 16 competencies under six headings: strategic leadership, accountability, people, structures, compliance and evaluation.
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.
Should you wish to contact the Governors, you may write to them c/o the school or use the email address: email@example.com
There are 12 Governors on our Governing Body. At the Full Governing Body meeting of 29 November 2017 we were able to welcome a new Co-opted Governor, Margaret Bird, for a four year term. Margaret is on the Advisory Board of Bridge Builders, a mentoring scheme designed to help disadvantaged children. We have been able to welcome during the course of 2017 two new Parent Governors for a term of office of four years: Graham Ledger and Richard Little, following a successful election process at the end of April 2017. We also welcomed Johnny Kyriacou as a Co-opted Governor. These new Governors formally attended their first Full Governing Body meeting on 5 July 2017.
All our Governors are members of the Children and Learning Committee as all have a close interest in the pupils’ education, progress and attainment. Governors regularly come into school during the day to spend time in classrooms, meeting with and hearing from staff, often with a written report; and for a termly Achievement Day, where they liaise with staff and feed back to the other Governors. To help 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, 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 a Pay Committee and a Headteacher's Performance 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 on attendance for the previous academic year September 2016 - August 2017 (six 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 three FGB 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; term of office September 2014 to September 2018; declared interest, Governor at the Marjory Kinnon School, Bedfont, Middx; attended all FGB meetings.
Mrs Claire Dyson, Local Authority Governor, Chair of the Children and Learning Committee; Deputy Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor; Governor responsible for English; term of office April 2017 to April 2021; declared interests, none; attended five FGB meetings.
Mr Keith Proffitt, Co-opted Governor, member of Resources Committee and Governor responsible for Maths, term of office Sept 2014 to September 2018; no declared interests; attended five FGB meetings.
Mr Nick Watkins, Co-opted Governor; Governor responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding, Training & Development Governor, term of office September 2014 to September 2018; declared interests, Vice-Chair Town Farm Primary School; attended all FGB meetings.
Mrs Lynsey Makepeace, Assistant Headteacher and Special Education Needs Co-ordinator, Co-opted Governor, term of office September 2014 to September 2018; no declared interests; attended five FGB meetings.
Mr Johnny Kyriacou, Co-opted Governor, term of office July 2017 - July 2021; member of the Resources Committee and Governor for Maths; declared an interest relating to his role in school effectiveness for Slough Borough Council which may involve support for Governing Bodies; attended two FGB meetings since July 2017.
Mr Graham Ledger, Elected Parent Governor, member of the Resources Committee, Governor for for computing and science and for Freedom of Information and Data Protection; term of office April 2017 - April 2021; no declared interests; attended two FGB meetings since July 2017.
Mr Richard Little, Elected Parent Governor, member of the Resources Committee and Governor for English; term of office April 2017 - April 2021; no declared interests; attended two FGB meetings since July 2017
Mrs Sue Taylor, Elected Staff Governor, term of office January 2015 to January 2019; no declared interests; attended all FGB meetings.
Ms Margaret Bird, Co-opted Governor, term of office November 2017 - November 2021. Attended first FGB meeting 29 November 2017; further information to follow.
Mrs Sarah Tarrant, Headteacher, term of office started September 2009; no declared interests; attended five FGB meetings.
Governors also visit in school more informally to attend events and get to know staff and pupils.
In attendance at Full Governing Body meetings: Lucy Allen, Deputy Headteacher.
In attendance at Resources Committee: Mrs Amanda Woods, School Business Manager, who presents the budget and keeps Governors informed about all financial matters throughout the school year.
In attendance at all formal meetings: Clerk to the Governing Body, Ms Jill Sanders, who draws up agendas and takes minutes.
Where Governors have had to miss meetings, apologies are given in advance, along with reasons for the absence, before being accepted by Governors.
Quick reference for Governor roles and membership of Committees, please see attachment below.
Governing Body Code of Conduct, please see attachment below.
Open Meeting Protocol, to be read and understood by anyone wishing to attend a Full Governing Body Meeting. These are held at the school, beginning at 5pm, on the following dates for the academic year: 29 November 2017; 17 January, 13 March, 24 April and 3 July 2018.
Email for the Governing Body: firstname.lastname@example.org