On Monday 9th March, the first meeting of the KSPA's new Local Governing Body took place. Dr Fiona Hammans, Chair of the Rapid Improvement Group which was formed following our last Ofsted report chaired this meeting. KSPA are delighted to have recruited a team of Governors that are able to offer a range of skills to support our school as we move forward.
The roles within the Local Governing Body were defined at this meeting and are as follows:
- Chair of Governors - Katharine Mansel-Pleydell
- Vice Chairs - John Watts
- Safeguarding and Health & Safety - Kayleigh Robinson
- Pupil Premium and Sports Premium - Daniel Cuttell
- Special Educational Needs - John Watts
- Early Years Foundation Stage - Katharine Mansel-Pleydell
- Newly appointed - Samantha Robertson and Edward Jaspers
The Governors will undertake visits to the school in the coming weeks and formulate an action plan that supports the school improvement priorities. There will also be a range of training sourced to support new Governors in their respective roles.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Fiona Hammans for her support in ensuring that the Rapid Improvement Board were able to offer challenge to school leaders and to handover to an LGB in such a short time frame.
What do Governors do?
- Together with the Headteacher they are responsible for making sure that our school provides good quality education.
- They provide challenge and support to the Headteacher, drawing on their knowledge and experience.
- They make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans.
- They monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing.
- They report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
- They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.
Who can become a School Governor?
All types of people can become School Governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don't need to have a child at the school. Many schools would particularly welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, or who have a particularly good understanding of the community served by the school.
What do School Governors do?
The Governing Body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:
- setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
- approving the school budget
- reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
- appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher
The Governing Body is made up of:
- Parent Governors
- Community Governors
- Staff Representatives
What would be involved?
Governing Bodies make their decisions based on the advice of committees that deal with specific issues, such as the school's curriculum, premises or finances. If you become a Governor, you will probably be asked to serve on a committee where you have an interest or can make a contribution.
The amount of time involved for each Governor varies between schools. However, in a typical month in a typical school you can expect to spend at least six to eight hours on your duties.
Being a Governor is a serious commitment, but it can be rewarding. Find out more about the benefits of becoming a school governor on the School Governors' One Stop Shop website: www.sgoss.org.uk