Governors

 

Our school has a Board of Governors made up of parent, staff, church, local authority and community representatives. Our Governing Body is committed to driving high standards of educational achievement, and to ensuring that the school environment is one in which all can 'be the best that they can be', and enjoy their time at our school. We are focused on some very clear targets and are lucky to have a talented, passionate and committed staff team in place, working towards these goals.

 

The Governors - who are they?

 

Nic Kelly-Davies - Parent Governor (Chair, Safeguarding, PE)

Jane Lewis - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair, Safer Recruitment)

Dorothy Wagstaff - Clerk to Governors

Zoe Mandeville - Head Teacher

Katharine Priest - Staff Governor

Keren Bass - Local Authority Governor (Finance Lead)

Andrew Amato - Parent Governor (Attendance, Science, Maths)

Graham Wilkes - Parent Governor (Behaviour, Reward & Recognition)

Erica Latham - Parent Governor (Early Years Foundation Stage, SEN, Safeguarding, Safer-recruitment, E-safety, Looked After children)

Revd Canon Michael Cozens - Foundation Ex-officio Governor (Church School Distinctiveness, RE & Collective Worship)

Susan Staniforth - Foundation Governor (Church School Distinctiveness, RE & Collective Worship, English, Music)

Mr Chris Dunn - Associate Member (Health & Safety, More Able Pupils)

Carol Cornelius (School Administrator) 

 

Governing Board Attendance Report

 

Governor Meetings Timetable 

 

What do governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. 

To contribute to the work of the governing board in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

 

Who can become a governor?

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. There are different types of school with different categories of governor.

The types of state schools in England are:

  • community

  • voluntary controlled

  • voluntary aided

  • foundation

  • trust – a type of foundation school

  • academies, free Schools & City Technology Colleges (CTCs) – independent state funded schools

There are also different categories of governor:

  • parent

  • staff

  • foundation

  • partnership

  • local authority

  • co-opted

The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing board.

 

How do I become a governor?

If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies:

  • You can contact us to ask if they need a new governor

  • You can contact your local council

  • You can use the Inspiring Governance website

 

 




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