The school governors have a legal responsibility for the overall management of the school and are actively involved in school life in many ways. They meet approximately twice a term and work together with the staff in:
All governor meetings are open to any parent as an observer; contact the school office if you wish to attend.
The governing body acts collectively and currently comprises 12 people including the Head teacher. There are different types of governor and they are appointed in various ways:
The minutes of the governors meetings are in the school office for anyone to read and copies of governors policies are available on request. Mrs Johnson is our clerk to the governors.
The work of the governing body is broken down into 3 committees. These are:
These committees normally meet once a term or on demand if an extraordinary topic needs discussing.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor in the future, contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors via the school office.
Governors are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and they dedicate their time to ensuring every child gets the best possible education. They are not involved in the day-to day running of the school but rather they are strategic leaders within the school overseeing the curriculum, pupil welfare, premises, personnel and school finances.
There are three core functions of a governing body:
• To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• To hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils,
and the performance management of staff
• To oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
There are 12 members of the governing body at Christchurch Infant School. Governors are appointed from a range of different groups that have an interest in the school – parents, staff, the community and the Local Authority. Once appointed all governors have an equal status. Our governing body at Christchurch Infant School consists of:
• Head teacher
• Parent governors (3) - have or have had children at the school and are elected by other parents
• Local Authority governors (1) - appointed by the Local Authority
• Co-opted governors (6) - elected by the governing body from the local community for their particular
skills, knowledge or experience
• Staff governors - (1) elected members of school staff in addition to the Head teacher
The full governing body meets at least once a term, we have also divided our governing body up into two sub-committees based on the areas of interest and expertise of the members. These committees are ‘Learning and Curriculum’ and ‘Teaching and Resources’, they meet at least once a term. All governors are informed about what is happening at these sub-committees.
All members of the governing body attend training sessions to keep us up to date with changes in schools and education, and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff, and pupils, to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.
As a governing body we are proud of all the staff, pupils and parents of Christchurch Infant School and all that they achieve. We are committed to supporting Christchurch Infant School to be a safe, enjoyable and effective place for children to learn and develop.
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