Governing Boards exist in schools to oversee the strategic direction of the school in its task of providing an excellent education for its pupils in a safe and happy environment and also to represent the interests of the wider community. We do this by working as a team with the professional staff and we try to bring our own professional expertise and our life experiences to enrich the management of the school. We are legally accountable for our decisions and for this reason we need to remain objective, not putting our own personal views above the needs of the school as a whole.
It’s not an easy job, but it is a very rewarding one! Each governor serves a term of four years and, from time to time, vacancies occur mid-term. We are always delighted to hear from parents or members of the village community who are considering becoming a school governor – to register an interest all you have to do is contact the school office and leave a message for our Clerk to Governors.
We are a friendly group of people, several of whom are parents, to whom you can easily chat at the school gate. If you have a particular interest or concern about school life the first point of contact is usually the Headteacher, Mrs Annette Faithfull. Should there be something that you feel should be brought to the attention of the governors, then please leave a message for the Clerk to Governors through the school office.
The school Governors have a legal responsibility for the overall management of the school and are actively involved in school life in many ways. They meet together as a full Governing Board twice a term and also in committees. They work with the Headteacher and staff to:
- manage the school budget
- agree the school curriculum
- monitor pupil achievement and behaviour
- decide on staffing levels
- oversee the school premises
- meet a range of other statutory duties
Our Governing Board is comprised of thirteen Governors, one of whom is the Headteacher, and one Associate Governor. It always makes decisions collectively and its composition is statutory and laid out in its constitution:
- Parent Governors are elected by the parents of children at the school from amongst their number.
- Local council representatives are appointed by the County Council.
- Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese on recommendation by the PCC.
- Staff Governors are members of the school staff elected by them and the Headteacher.
The minutes of the Governors’ meetings are available from the school office and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school can ask to read these at any time.
(Local Authority Governor)
Reverend Robert Simpson
(Foundation Governor, Nominated Safeguarding Governor)
(Associate Governor, SEND Governor)
(Clerk to the Governors)