The governors are a team of 14 volunteers from our community, who have a vital and demanding role that requires a wide range of skills and professionalism. The Governing Body is accountable to Ofsted for its effectiveness. There are several types of governor within our school:
- Parent governor vacancies are filled by parents, where an election is held if there is more than one candidate for a post.
- The staff governor is elected by members of the school staff.
- Co-opt governors are appointed by the Governing Body for the skills they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
- Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese on the recommendation of the local church.
- Local Authority governors are nominated by our Local Councillor and appointed by the Governing Body.
What is the Governors’ Role?
The role of the Governing Body is to provide non-executive leadership and is similar to the board of trustees of a charity. The Governing Body operates at a strategic level, with the Head Teacher and senior school leadership team remaining accountable to the governors for the operational day to day running of the school. Each governor serves for a period of four years and usually sits on one of the sub-committees – Resources, Curriculum & Standards or Pay. The Whole Governing Body meets once every half term, with the two main committees meeting at least once a term.
Governors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge but will also be expected to attend relevant education courses to fulfil their duties. Additionally governors will make pre-arranged monitoring visits to the school. Most governors spend around 20 hours per term performing governor duties.
A clear understanding of, and distinction between, the role of the Governing Body and the Head Teacher is crucial to effective governance. The Head Teacher is responsible for the educational performance of the school and for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, which includes the performance management of staff. The Governing Body’s role is to hold the Head Teacher to account for exercising their professional judgement in these matters and for the performance of their duties.
The Governing Body of Whitchurch C of E Primary School focuses on three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the school’s educational performance and the performance management of its staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent.
Governors are expected to demonstrate robust processes and frameworks for setting priorities, creating accountability and monitoring progress. This means governors need to ask challenging questions on the basis of robust objective data. Governors obtain data, information and feedback from the Head Teacher, review national data at least once a year, participate in visits to the school to verify what they have been told and ensure the Head Teacher’s termly report provides appropriate and sufficiently detailed information.
The governors at our school adhere to and follow the NGA Code of Conduct: http://www.nga.org.uk/Guidance/Legislation,policies-and-procedures/Model-Policies/Code-of-Practice.aspx
To find out more about becoming a School Governor, please visit the HCC website at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/education/governors/gov-volunteer.htm and the NGA website at http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx or contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Contact WPS Governors
If you need to contact the Governors you can do so via the school office or by emailing the clerk directly (in confidence if required): email@example.com
Please Note: All Governors are welcome to attend any of the Committee Meetings and should arrange this with the Chair of the Committee they wish to attend.
Click here to visit the Hampshire County Council Governor website.
Whole Governing Body Minutes