The role of Governors
The Governing Body, consisting of a team of volunteers, works hard to act as a ‘critical friend’ for the senior management of the school. It is our role to hold the school to account in its efforts to continue to improve and strategically develop the school. Our overriding aim is improving the quality of education and standards of achievement at Wray Common Primary School.
The Governing Body is made up of representatives from parents, staff (teaching or non-teaching), the Local Authority and the local community. The three key roles of the Governing Body are:
- Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined.
- Ensuring that the head teacher performs their responsibilities for the educational performance of the school.
- Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.
To this end, the Governing Body meets in full once or twice a term to discuss key strategic issues. This is supported by a committee structure consisting of three committees. Governors are involved with development planning, monitoring and evaluating performance, setting realistic but challenging targets for pupil performance and ensuring accountability. As well as monitoring the effectiveness of school policies we monitor different parts of the School Improvement Plan. Each governor is a member of at least one of the following committees:
Teaching and Learning, which considers matters relating to standards and achievement, the curriculum, quality of teaching and safeguarding.
Resources Committee, which provides guidance and assistance to the Head teacher in matters relating to finance and resourcing of the school, its premises and grounds and health and safety matters.
Personnel and Staff Welfare Committee, which determines staffing levels and staff structure and considers all personnel and staffing issues.
The Governing Body Constitution requires that the Governing Body of the school be made up as follows:
x 3 Parent Governors (elected from the school parental population)
x 2 Staff Governors (Head teacher and one other)
x 9 Co-opted Governors (usually from the local community)
x 1 Local Authority (Surrey County Council appointed)
In practical terms this means we, as Governors, must ensure we are fully involved with the committees we are on, understand the vision of the school and ask questions and comment at meetings so that our role in leadership can be evidenced within governing body minutes. We also attend training courses and use the skills learnt in practical ways to benefit the school.
|Simon Maddox Vice-Chair||Co-opted||Governors|
|Pamela Day Chair||Co-opted||Governors|
|Richard Coad||Authority||Local authority|