What do Governors do?
Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies, school’s development plan and respond to Ofsted inspection recommendations.
Governors monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school’s budget. They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.
Governors provide the Headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the Headteacher’s position as professional leader of the school. We act as a “critical friend” and exist to support and help the school on strategic issues.
Governors do not run the school on a day to day basis, so if parents have specific concerns or queries they should speak to the senior management team.
Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority; this has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the Head, who is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. Heads are chosen by Governors – and most Heads choose to be Governors themselves.
The Governing Body usually meets at least once a term. You would probably also sit on one or two committees dealing with:
Teaching & Learning
Resources-including Finance/Staffing & Premises
The Steering Committee is made up from the chairs of the other committees
A Governor will also have responsibility for working alongside the school on areas such as Curriculum/SEND/Safeguarding/Diversity.
The governing body is made up of:
Parents – elected by parents
Co Opted Governors
Staff at school
Local Authority representatives – appointed by the LA
Co Opted Governor
Why are Parents on the Governing Body?
Parent governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals. They should not be thought of as delegates or “mouthpieces” of the parents.
Members of the Governing Body
Mr Peter Burns, Cllr Carole McCann, Mr Rick Mernock, Dr Tracey Slade, Mr Neil Wootton, Mrs Jo Lowe, Mr Hekesh Mistry, Mr Ryan Walker, Dr Jacob Devadason
Authority Appointed Governors
Cllr Anna Charles-Jones (Ind)
Mr Simon Carroll
Ms Sarwet Javed
Mrs Jenni Maude (Head)
Mrs Trish Larkin