1. What is the Governing Body?
All schools are overseen by a Governing Body. The Governing Body is a group of volunteers who set the strategic vision for the school with the Headteacher, and ensure that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by:
- Building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community
- Supporting and constructively challenging the school, and
- Ensuring accountability (judging the school’s performance openly) and compliance (ensuring the school meets all its legal obligations,for example for safeguarding children, and managing its finances appropriately)
In practice most day-to-day decisions are taken by the Headteacher and staff (including teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, etc.) but it is the governors’ job to set the direction and policies for the school; to delegate the job of delivering this to the Headteacher; to provide ongoing support and advice; and to monitor the outcome
2. What types of Governor do we have?
We have a number of different types of governor: those who are appointed and governors who are elected. We always have elected Parent Governors. All governors have equal authority and input to the Governing Body. There are 12 positions on our Governing Body.
3. What does being a Parent Governor mean?
A Parent Governor is elected by parents/carers, but actually is NOT there to ‘represent’ parents. The Parent Governor’s job is to get to know, to support and challenge (ask questions of) the school, just like all governors. Parents/carers can bring very useful insights about what the school is like for children and their families. Parent Governors can help other governors understand what being in the school is like. They are often the first to celebrate wonderful things that the school is doing! Being a Parent Governor is a very rewarding way of being involved in your child’s school.
4. What does being a Governor involve?
As a governor, you need to be able to attend at least 6 meetings over the year. There is a full Governing Body Meeting, a Performance and Curriculum Committee Meeting and a Business Committee Meeting each term where governors with specific responsibilities report back about their work with the school. These take place in school, in the early evening. On average a Governor needs to spend 1-2 hours a week on governor activities, whether it is attending meetings, visiting the school, reading reports or following up on actions. (Some weeks you will have nothing to do for governors).
Some Governors have specific responsibilities and work closely, liaising with staff who have overall leadership of the following aspects:
- Leadership and Management
- Pupil Premium
- Achievement and Attainment
- Voluntary Controlled Activities
- Premises, Health and Safety
- Staff and Pupil Well-Being
St Mary’s CE Primary School
Governing Body Register of Details 2016/2017
|Name||Status||Date of appointment||Term of office||Appointing body||Role||Committee representation||Register of interests||Relationships with staff||% Attendance at meetings 2016/2017|
|Rachel Cross||Headteacher||21.4.14||Ex Officio||Outcomes for pupils||All business in conducted within 6 Full Governing Body meetings during the academic year.||None||None||6/6|
|May 2013||4 years||Governing
|Effectiveness of Leadership and Management
|1st September 2014||4 years||Oxford Diocesan Board of Education||Curriculum
Premises, Health and Safety
|September 2006||Ex Officio||VC school activities, including collective worship and SIAMS||Director of a Slough based M.A.T.||None||6/6|
|Liz Critchlow||Clerk||November 2016||N/A||N/A||None||None||4/4|
|Paula Hammond||Foundation||July 2013||4 years||Oxford Diocesan Board of Education||Early Years Foundation Stage||Governor at Churchmead Secondary School||None||4/6|
|Saba Khan||Staff||January 2014||4 years||Staff||Outcomes for pupils||Staff member||None||5/6|
|Hassam Shaukat||Co-opted||November 2015||4 years||Governing body||Finance||None||None||3/6|
|Ted Denney||Parent Governor||November 2016||4 years||Parents||Special Educational Needs||None||None||4/4|
|Damien O’Jeanson||Parent Governor||November 2016||4 years||Parents||Pupil Premium||None||None||3/4|
|Manoj Schroff||Co-opted Governor||July 2017||4 years||Governing body||None||None||1/1|