The Role of Governors
Governors work on a voluntary basis to support the strategic leadership of the school. Governors typically serve for four years and can have a variety of responsibilities during this time.
Governors – What Do We Do?
Together with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team, we are responsible for making sure the school provides good quality education.We meet regularly to monitor the progress of children throughout their time at our school.
We provide challenge and support to the Head Teacher, drawing on our knowledge and experience.
We make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school improvement plans.
We ensure the school has effective, up-to-date policies in a wide range of areas including child welfare, recruitment, health and safety and financial controls.We also monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing.
We report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
We each have specific areas of focus (for example – curriculum subjects and safeguarding children’s welfare); these roles bring us into school on a regular basis to help improve our knowledge and to ask challenging questions of staff.
In addition to these, Governors are very visible within the school and play an active part in celebrating the success of the children. We try hard to be a part of everyday school life and to find time to support school activities and events.
The Governors can be likened to a “critical friend” of the school, offering support, while pro-actively challenging decisions and asking questions.
Governing Board – How Are We Formed?
We are a Voluntary Controlled School and, as such, our Governing Board comprises Foundation, Co-Opted, Parent, Staff and Local Authority Governors, as defined in our Instrument of Government (see link). The Full Governing Board (FGB) meets six times a year (once a term) to discuss and report on all key aspects of the school.
In addition, the FGB has three sub-committees:
Teaching and Learning (responsible for monitoring the standards of teaching and learning within our school).
Resources (responsible for agreeing the school’s budget and overseeing finances; ensuring that our school premises are maintained).
Church (responsible for monitoring and promoting our school’s Christian core values which serve to underpin our Christian ethos).
These sub-committees meet at least 3 times a year to discuss their areas of responsibility in more detail, this information then being fed back to the FGB.
Governing Board – Who Are We?
Please follow link to Current Serving Governors.
How To Become a Governor
Governors are people, from all walks of life, who have an interest in the role of schools in society and wish to make a positive contribution to their communities. They have enquiring minds and contribute to the effective running of the school and the educational achievements of its pupils.
The Governing Body is given their powers and duties as an incorporated body. The Statutory responsibilities of the Governing Body are detailed in Section 21 of the Education Act 2002. Governors do not incur any personal liability in respect of any actions or decisions taken in good faith.
If you would like more information or simply to contact the Governing Board, please write to the Chair of Governors at the school address:
Churchill CEP School, Rysted Lane, Westerham, Kent TN16 1EZ.
The governors take their responsibilities very seriously and put a lot into their roles. This is what Ofsted had to say in the most recent inspection of the school (November 2013):
“The governing body is very clear about areas for development and understands the school’s strengths, as it is not only very familiar with school and national data but equally creates its own to enhance its understanding. It looks at comparison tables and national test scores to pinpoint key development areas. It is active in checking on the quality of teaching. It looks closely at how well staff perform, before making decisions about pay. It also asks questions about how funding is spent and with what impact, especially that for pupil premium funding. It gains information from regular visits to classes and from its close links with subject leaders. It ensures that safeguarding requirements are met and governors attend relevant training to sharpen their skills and knowledge.”