What are Governors

 

At our school we have five subject governors - Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, R.E. and Science.

We also have a governor specifically responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection and a governor for SEND.

The Governors of our school act like links in a chain that includes school staff, parents, local authorities, the Church and PCC and pupils - all working together towards the best education that the school can offer.

They are not involved with the day-to-day management of the school; governors delegate this to the Headteacher.

The Governing Bodies of VA Schools like ours are responsible for appointing the school's Headteacher. They work closely with them in committees, which then report to the Full Governing Body.

The Committees comprise of: -

  • Resources
  • Standards and Curriculum

Each committee has its own Chair and selected group of Governors who report back to the Full Governing Body.

Some Governors focus on a particular subject. At our school we have five subject Governors - Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, RE, Science and a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor, who is also responsible for Child Protection and PSHE. These governors form a partnership with the teaching staff and support their role. We also have a Link Governor who liaises with the Local Education Authority on governor training and topical developments.

The Governing Body consists of 4 different types of Governor: -

 

Foundation Governor - These are appointed by the Church at Parish (PCC) or Diocesan Level. These Governors have the particular responsibility of upholding the Character and ethos of the school, following the trust deeds of our Anglican School.
Parent Governor - These are elected by the Parents of the school.
Teacher Governor - This will be a serving teacher at the school.
LEA Governor -       This Governor will be appointed by the Local Education Authority

Elections and appointments of Governors take place every four years. The full Governing Body meets about three times a term. The agendas are full and the discussions are lively.

Parents can raise any concern with a governor at any time, although it is usually more appropriate to contact the Headteacher in the first instance. Information on contacting a governor, or requesting a copy of a particular school policy can be obtained from the school office.