You can contact Steve Gowers, Chair of Governors by email email@example.com
or emailing the school office firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can telephone the school office 01953 603356
What do we do?
As a Governing Body, our responsibility is to take a strategic view of the school’s development and achievement, focusing on encouraging high expectations and continuing to raise standards. We monitor the progress of the school towards its annual priorities and the effectiveness of spending decisions. Governors are often referred to as “critical friends” – supportive and loyal to the headteacher and staff whilst at the same time constructively questioning what is going on in school and forming our own judgements on that.
We all bring our own experience to the governing body and use that to the school’s advantage.
Most of what we do takes place “behind the scenes”. In collaboration with the headteacher, we agree the school’s budget, approve the staffing structure and agree pupil performance targets annually. We maintain a number of legally required documents on behalf of the school such as the Health and Safety Policy. We are also responsible for appointing the headteacher and carry out her performance review.
We have 4 full governing body meetings every year and each of our sub-committees (Finance and Facilities, Curriculum and Community) meets once a term.
As well as dealing with large amounts of paperwork, individual governors get involved in various aspects of school life such as attending special assemblies, helping out in Eco Week, hearing readers and attending social events. Although these are not strictly part of the governor’s role, they help us to get the feel for how the school is doing and how happy the children are. We also undertake training as a governing body to help us to improve further on the way we carry out our role.
Our focus over the coming year will be monitoring the school’s priorities and build on the Good rating Ofsted gave the school following the last inspection in July 2013.