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.
- 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|
|Julia Turner||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)
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Kate Hockley (Chair)
Amanda Rivers (Clerk)
STRATEGIC COMMITTEE (Personnel and Admissions)
Birgit Davidson (Chair)
Julia Turner (Clerk)
HEADTEACHER’S PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Frank Bannister (Chair & Clerk)
Anne Fisher (Education Adviser)
PUPIL EXCLUSION/DISCIPLINE AND STAFF DISMISSAL COMMITTEE
Sally Rowden (Chair)
(Christine Kitchin - Clerk)
Frank Bannister (Chair)
(Clerk Lynda Henderson)
PAY APPEALS COMMITTEE
Ulrich Gerhard (Chair)
(Chris Kitchin - Clerk)
Radwinter C of E Primary School
Register of Interests 2015/2016
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