I took the chair in May 2015 with the full support of the governing body which I am proud to say is an extremely strong team. Our governors are all volunteers and come from all walks of life bringing to the school a wide range of skills and experience.
The significance of governing bodies’ role has grown in recent years. Governing bodies oversee the development of the school by guiding key strategic decisions and vision. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. The Governing body plays a vital role in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education. At the same time we leave the running of the school in the very capable hands of Mrs Cockrean and her staff, but act as ‘critical friends’ by monitoring and challenging the staff as a whole. The body also allocates and controls the school’s budget from funding of staff to investing in buildings and equipment.
We are made up of 2 Staff governors (including Mrs Cockrean), 2 Parent governors, 7 Foundation governors, a Local Authority governor and an Associate Member. We have 2 key committees, the Resources (Finance, Premises and Health & Safety) Committee and the Staffing & Curriculum Committee. There are a number of sub groups which deal with specialist areas such as the Christian Ethos Group (Christian Distinctiveness and Effectiveness), Pay and Communications. Most governors have a ‘Link’ role where they work with a subject leader. We try to provide an active role and get involved and visiting the school as often as possible. Interacting with the children is one of our most valuable and enjoyable roles; the children are always keen to share their thoughts and ideas.
We usually have 6 Full Governing Body meetings within the academic year – one per half term, supported by a range of subcommittee meetings focusing on specific aspects of how the school is run and performing. As a body we review all the data and reports presented by Mrs Cockrean and update the ongoing policies that support the school structure and procedures.
Mrs Kirsten Webster
(Chair of Governors)