School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.
What do governors do?
The governors' role is not about fundraising, neither it is about cheerleading for the school - though governors might do both those things. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of the governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. At the beginning of each academic year, the governors revise their code of conduct and this document is agreed to be followed by all members. Click here to see the governors code of conduct.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
· set the aims and objectives for the school
· set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
· set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
· monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
· be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)
The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
Under our new instrument of governance, the term of office for each types of governor is 3 years.
If you would like to contact our Chair of Governors or our Vice Chair of Governors, please use the following email addresses:
Chair of Governors
Vice Chair of Gov
|Who your school governors are|
|Tom Evans, Chair of Governors (P) 100%|
|Beverley Aston, Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted) 100%|
Julie Pilmore, Head Teacher 100%
Roger Hindley (F) 100%
Rev. Janet Waterfield (F) 50%
Dave Mackenzie (F) 100%
Lucie Holloway (P) 50%
Fiona Waddy (P) 100%
Amy Stonier (Co-opted/S) 100%
Anne-Marie Burbridge (S) 50%
Tom Fisher (P) 100%
Josie White (LA)
1x Co-opted vacancy
|P - Parent Governor (voted in by parents of the school)||Co-opted - A co-opted Governor (voted in by the governing body)||F - Foundation Governor (voted in by the Diocese)||LA - Local Authority Governor (voted in by the LA)||S - Staff Governor (voted in by staff and the governing body)|
The Deputy Head Teacher is invited to all governor meetings, as she is a key member of the Leadership team. However, she is not a governor and therefore, has no voting rights on any committee.
Every governor has a term of office for 3 years.
All governors have to declare any interests during the first full governors meeting of the year.
Click here to access the latest Instrument of Governance. This shows the make up of our governing body.
Foundation governors are selected by the Lichfield Diocese.
Staff governors are voted in during a full governors meeting by the rest of the governing body.
Parent governors are voted in by the parents of the school.
Community governors are selected by the Local Authority
Governors can be co-opted by the governing body based on their skill set.
Register of Interests:
When a new governor is appointed, they are required to fill in a form for disclosure of any business pecuniary interests. At the beginning of each governing body meeting, governors are asked to declare if they have any interests in the topics being discussed which could effect their viewpoint.
Click here to view: 2019-2020 Disclosure of a Business Pecuniary Interest overview of our Governing body.