Introduction To John Hampden And Tetsworth Schools’ Federation Governors
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- Ed Bailey
- Chris Bradford (Vice chair)
- Adrian Cannon (Chair, Chair – Strategy & Performance)
- Alison Charlton
- Laura Craig
- Mark Gilbert (Chair – Finance committee)
- Paul Hankey (Headteacher)
- Katharine Horrocks (Chair – Curriculum committee)
- Jonathan Medwin (Safeguarding lead)
- Joanna Mossop
- Kathy Smith (Clerk)
- Sian Stratton
- Emma Williams (Safeguarding lead)
What is a school governing body?
A group of local people who work with the Head teacher and school to deliver the very best education for your children. The school is accountable to the governing body, which in turn is accountable to parents and the community. John Hampden Primary school and Tetsworth Primary school governing bodies are combined (‘federated’). This allows us to perform more effective and efficient oversight of the two schools’ activities. The schools are on different sites but are led by the same Head teacher so we work closely together.
The governing body has 3 key responsibilities:
- To provide strategic direction for the school (what are the school’s ambitions for the next 3-5 years?)
- To act as a critical friend to the head teacher
- To ensure accountability (is the school improving its educational performance? Is the budget being spent wisely?)
There are 3 full governor meetings each year for a couple of hours. We also have a number of sub committees Strategy & Performance, Finance and Curriculum, which meet regularly (at least once per term, consisting of approximately 5-6 people), for about two hours.
It’s worth stating that it’s not the governors’ job to do the work of the school, but to provide oversight, support, and expertise. ‘Eyes on, hands off’ is a good rule of thumb for a governing body.
- Parent and Staff representatives are elected to the governing body
- Oxfordshire Local authority appoints our LA governors
- Community governors can be anyone and are recruited by the governing body (often people with skills sets or experience that the school could benefit from)
Governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
- Determining how the school’s budget is spent
- The appointing and dismissing of staff, including the Head teacher
- Hearing appeals and grievances
- Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
- Making sure the school environment is welcoming and safe
- Setting and monitoring the school’s policies
What is a governor?
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. Governing bodies should have a good mix of people from the local community, from all walks of life, who can bring different viewpoints, experience, skills and fresh ideas with them. They can be parents, staff at the school, resident in the locality, or representatives of local churches and businesses.
What is a Parent Governor?
A person elected by the school community to be representative, but not a delegate, of the parent body. A parent governor is a representative, which means listening thoughtfully, and reporting to fellow governors any feelings on vital matters shared by many parents. But when it comes to taking a line in governor discussions, parent governors follow their own conviction of what is right for the school, and also heed other governors’ views.
How and when should I contact the Governing body?
Governors will encourage you to express individual concerns with a teacher or the Head teacher. There are school policies in place to help you with this. If you have a general concern, suggestion, or question about the school to raise with the governing body please email us, in confidence, at email@example.com.
I’m interested to know about the work of the governing body.
You can view the governing body constitution, and meeting minutes on the governor section of the school website. Approved governing body minutes, agendas, reports etc are a matter of public record, and can be requested by any interested party from the school office. Anything that constitutes personal data or confidential information can be withheld.
I am interested in becoming a governor – what do I do?
Fulfilling the role of a school governor is both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding. Contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community. Some governors volunteer to fulfil specific roles, such as being the Special Educational Needs governor, or the Health & Safety governor, or the link governor for a particular year or subject.
Vacancies do arise, so if you would like to know more about becoming a governor please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.