What Do We Do?
Governors aim to help the school provide the best possible education for each and every one of its pupils. The Governing Body is not there to run the school on a day to day basis but are all volunteers and together with the Headteacher and leadership team share a common desire to be involved in supporting the school.
A Governors role is to ensure accountability to all parties who have an interest in the school, especially you the parents and your children.
The Governing Body also has statutory duties by which it is legally bound. The three core strategic functions and responsibilities of our Governors are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.
In addition Governors:
- Monitor and evaluate how well the policies and plans of the school are working
- Are held accountable for the school and governing body’s performance
- Act as a “critical friend” to the school by challenging and supporting the senior management team
- Appreciate the work of staff and pupils.
- Focus on raising standards and promoting effective teaching and learning
- Ensure financial and other resources are managed effectively
- Ensure school complies with laws and regulations such as Health and Safety
Governors do this in a variety of ways which include:
- A programme of school visits often to look at specific aspects of the school reporting back to the Governing Body.
- Using our outside knowledge and skills for the benefit of the school.
How does the Governing Body operate?
The full Governing Body meets twice a term and a formal record of these meetings in the form of a written agenda and minutes are publicly available and can be requested via the school office.
Topics on a typical agenda would include correspondence to the Governing Body from outside organisations, Headteacher’s report, School Improvement Plan, approval of school policies and reports from different committees and working groups.
At Cupernham Infants school we have three permanent committees; Pay & Staffing, Resources and the School Improvement Committee.
We also have Working Groups which are set up by the Governing Body to tackle specific issues relevant at the time and report back to the Full Governing Body. They are not permanent and once the objective of the group has been achieved, they will be disbanded.
If you wish to speak to any of the Governors please contact the school office on 01794 514494.