Broadly, the role of school governors is to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction, to hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent. Governors do this through formal committee and full board meetings, regular visits to the school, and by talking to staff, pupils and parents.
Committee and Governing Body Meeting
Each term there are three Committee Meetings: Children, Families & Community; Curriculum & Achievement and Resources, which includes finance, premises, and staffing. The Full Governing Body (FGB) formally meets twice in the autumn term, once in the spring and once in the summer term. The committee chairs each present a report of their meetings and the Headteacher and Chair of Governors also each give a report showing school results, progress, activities and so on. Each Governor is given responsibility for linking with a subject leader who they meet to discuss pupil progress in a particular subject; their reports are then reviewed by the FGB.
Governors Executive meetings
The Chair of Governors and Vice Chair meet with the Head and Deputy Head every fortnight for a formal meeting and update on how the school is running, highlighting any initiatives, achievements and concerns. A report of these meetings is circulated to each Governor so that they are fully informed what is going on in school.
In addition, Governors attend Focus Days in school where we examine a particular subject or topic in depth.
For example, in the Curriculum Focus Day Governors walked around the school to see the learning environments of the children, sat in on classes to see lessons in action, had an opportunity to meet children and parents and hear from teachers about the curriculum and how it is taught.
In the Reading Focus Day Governors listened to children from each class read and discussed priority reading targets with the senior leadership team. Governors also had an opportunity to have lunch with the children and to meet the parents whilst conducting a survey in the playground to find out what parents thought about reading, how it is taught, and what values they think are important to their children’s education.
Some of our Governors attend Parents Evening to talk to and encourage parents to fill in questionnaires to find out what they think about the school.
Assemblies & School Performances
Governors try to attend as many special assemblies and school performances as they can, for example, the visit of Justina Mutale in March, the Year 6 performance of Macbeth in July and the Assembly to mark Black History Month in October.
As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening the links with St Luke’s Church, Governors attend and participate in the annual School Sunday Service in St Luke’s which takes place on the second Sunday after the start of term in September.