Role of the Governors
It is the Headteacher and the schools Senior Leadership team that manages the school and the Governing Body that provides support, leadership and direction. There are governors representing all stakeholders including parents, staff, the local authority and the community.
The Governing Body is made up as follows:
|Chair of Governors||Mrs J Friswell||Local Authority Elected|
|Vice Chair of Governors||Ms K Webb||Co-opted Governor|
|Ms V Sumner||Headteacher Governor|
|Mrs S Khan||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr C Thorpe||Co-opted Governor|
|Mrs R Harrison||Co-opted Governor|
|Ms H Harper||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr T Ahmed||Parent Governor|
As governors we are there to develop a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; be critical friends; ensure the school is accountable for its actions, and make sure that it operates effectively in the interests of its pupils, parents and other stakeholders. Governors are volunteers and give their time willingly to support the work of the school.
We consider the management of School Finances in terms of forward planning, staffing, training, resources and upkeep and development of the premises.
Each year the governors approve an Annual Budget Plan for capital and revenue funding, including staffing and running costs. The budget set to sustain the work of the school for the financial year and is managed to support the School Improvement Plan. Throughout the year governors monitor the use of those allocated funds to ensure that the school achieves value for money and remains solvent.
We also have responsibility for charging, insurance, control and use of the school premises. It is our responsibility to ensure that the premises are well maintained, safe and secure for our pupils and staff.
Staffing is a major expense in the budget and we are responsible for the staffing structure within school. We support the school in recruiting new staff and are committed to professional development that develop their skills and professionalism.
We consider all areas of the school with regards to quality of the educational experience, in its widest sense, shared by both pupils and their families.
We ensure that all people are included and welcomed to our school, and that children are offered a rich curriculum that helps them make sense of the world.
We consider how different groups of children are doing against predictions and expectations for their group. This would include reviewing results by class, year, gender, ethnic background, English as a second language, and other groupings. Any shortfall and subsequent actions would be explored. We look at our school’s results against both Coventry and national figures so can see if there are local and national trends, which our pupils are following or diverging from. We also check how we are monitoring and assessing children individually, although we do not explore the performance of individual children.
We consider all aspects of the curriculum, covering both its teaching and its content. We also review enrichment and extra curricular activities available to the children.
Governors review progress and prioritise areas, as identified in the school’s annual improvement plan. We visit the subject leaders, attend some lessons, speak to pupils, review children’s work and report back on their experience.
Parent governors are in a unique position on a governing body. Not only do parent governors have to think about working in the best interests of the school, but they have to balance this with their natural desire to see the best outcomes for their own child(ren). The aim of this briefing paper is to offer advice to new parent governors on their specific role and suggest ways of handling some of the tricky situations which may arise.
Being a Parent Governor
As a parent governor it will sometimes feel that you have to know everything about the school, but can’t talk about it; you have to be one everyone’s side; if you don’t do paid work, people imagine you have loads of free time . . . and you have to juggle all these expectations. As a parent you will already be an expert juggler, but developing your role as a governor will take time.
For further information regarding becoming please read the attached document. You can also arrange to meet with a member of the Senior Leadership of school or a member of the Governing Body to find out more information. Our Governing Body meet 7 times per year (generally on a Thursday at 4pm – 6.00 pm) and assist greatly in supporting the aims of the school. If you would like further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with school.
Meetings of the Governing body take place twice every term, with an additional meeting at the beginning of the school year, after school.
If you would like more information about the schools governing body then please contact the Chair of Governors at the school address.