The role of the school governor and governing bodies

Radwinter C of E (VA) Primary School is, as the name says, a Church of England Voluntary Aided school. This means that the Diocese at Chelmsford is involved in the appointment of some governors and that, as a Voluntary Aided school, the governors have extra powers that governors in Local Authority schools do not have.

Being a school governor is demanding but rewarding and a good way to give something back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Governors :

  •  ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupil, and the performance management of staff
  • oversee the financail performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of the headteacher
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

There are 12 people who make up our governing body. Advice, support and training for the role is given by Essex County Council and the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Who can be a school governor?

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What's really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.

Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.

Some governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself, the local authority or the local Church. This ensures governing bodies reflect the communities they serve.

Term of office and meetings 

The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. We usually have a Full Governing Body meeting once a term (lasting approximately 2 hours).  Governors are also required to join at least one committee, each of which usually meets once a term. Most governors find they attend meetings or visit school 3 or 4 times each term. Governors are sometimes invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School our Instrument of Government dated 22/12/2005 states that the school Governing Body shall consist of 12 governors. This includes 2 Staff Governors

(including the head teacher), 1 Local Education Authority Governor(LEA), 2 elected Parent Governors and 8 Foundation Governors (1 is the Rector, 3 appointed by the Diocese of Chelmsford (DBE) and 3 by the Parochial Church Councils of Radwinter and Hempstead.

The Governing Body at present is as follows:

Amanda Rivers Chairman Foundation DBE
Frank Bannister LEA Governor
Rev. Philip Tarris Ex Officio
Vacancy Parent Governor
Roger Moldon Parent Governor
Sally Rowden Foundation DBE
Birgit Davidson Foundation DBE
Paul Camp Foundation DBE
Ulrich Gerhard Foundation PCC
Emma Horton Foundation PCC
Kate Hockley Head Teacher – Staff Governor
Lynda Henderson Staff Governor

We hope this gives you a better view of what the governing body does and who the governors are. If you would like to know more please ask at school.

RADWINTER C OF E VA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Committees and Members 2016-17

 

FINANCE, PREMISES AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

Frank Bannister (Chair and Clerk)

Paul Camp

Ulrich Gerhard

Roger Moldon

Lynda Henderson

Amanda Rivers

Kate Hockley

 

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Kate Hockley (Chair)

Amanda Rivers (Clerk)

Emma Horton

Paul Camp

Birgit Davidson

Roger Moldon

 

STRATEGIC COMMITTEE (Personnel and Admissions)

Birgit Davidson (Chair)

Sally Rowden

Kate Hockley

Lynda Henderson

Amanda Rivers

 

HEADTEACHER’S PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Frank Bannister (Chair & Clerk)

Paul Camp

Amanda Rivers

Anne Fisher (Education Adviser)

 

 

PUPIL EXCLUSION/DISCIPLINE AND STAFF DISMISSAL COMMITTEE

Sally Rowden (Chair)

Paul Camp

Ulrich Gerhard

Julia Turner

Amanda Rivers

(Christine Kitchin - Clerk)

 

PAY COMMITTEE

Frank Bannister (Chair)

Paul Camp

Amanda Rivers

Emma Horton

(Clerk Lynda Henderson)

 

PAY APPEALS COMMITTEE

Ulrich Gerhard (Chair)

Sally Rowden

Birgit Davidson

(Chris Kitchin - Clerk)

 

 

Register of Interests 2015/2016

Radwinter C of E Primary School

Register of Interests 2015/2016

 

 

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