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We have put together a few details to help you better understand the School Governor role and the valuable work we do. If once you’ve read this information you feel Governing is for you, then please contact us. We’re always looking for committed people to bring fresh skills and expertise to our team.

 

What is the Governing Body?

 

We are a group of volunteers from the School Community who work with Mrs. Leighton to set the future strategic direction of our school. We have a vast range of professional skills and life experience to act as a critical friend to the school. This allows us to make well considered collective decisions on a wide variety of issues.

 

We monitor the impact of policies initiated by the Local Authority and oversee the management of the School Budget. This includes close monitoring of the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium Funding, ensuring each child gets a thorough education appropriate to their individual needs. We believe education isn’t just about tests; it’s about becoming a confident and emotionally rounded young person, ready for the modern world.

 

What do the Governing Body do?

 

We meet 6 times during the academic year; once on a formal basis and once on an informal basis each term. We also meet with teachers via our Link Governor roles, which are focused on a specific priority in the School Development Plan.

 

Each Governor has an active role within a smaller committee, which allows us to focus upon the effective management of our ageing estate. Our committees are;

 

  • Pay, Personnel and Finance Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Premises and Health and Safety Committee

 

We respond to recommendations made by outside agencies such as Ofsted and our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner. We also consider appeals from children and staff and parent/carer complaints should they arise.

 

We set the targets for pupil attainment and monitor them closely through progress data with Mrs Leighton.  These targets form the basis of;

 

  • The School Development Plan; monitored through our Link Governor roles. 
  • Headteacher Performance Management; managed by the Chair of Governors in her role as the Performance Management Link Governor.

 

As with our children, Governors are encouraged to take an independent approach to their own learning. All Governors attend the Governor Induction Programme and on-going training provided by Local Authority. This can be training sessions appropriate to individual committee and Link Governor roles or group training sessions which we attend as a whole Governing Team. This includes statutory Safe Guarding training.

 

As good practice we ensure that at least two Governors are accredited in Safer Recruitment to offer an independent view on recruitment undertaken within school.

 

Who are the Governing Body?

 

The Governing Body is made up from 12 volunteers from across the school community. To ensure we have the most effective team, we opted for the following constitution;

 

  • 7 Co-opted Governors
  • 2 Parent Governors 
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Headteacher Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor

 

In addition to our Governing Body, we have  associate members, whose contributions are invaluable to the efficient running of our school. Associate Governors attend meetings as appropriate but don't have voting rights. These are only awarded to full members of the Governing Body.

 

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