A governing body works with the headteacher and the staff at the school to make sure the school provides a good quality education for all its pupils.
Governors do not need specialist skills, just an ability to listen, think through new ideas and decide what is best for the school strategically as part of a team. Governors are not expected to make day to day decisions about how the school is run, this is the job of the headteacher.
The key roles of a governing body are to:
The aim of the governing body is to help Coton CofE (VC) Primary School to provide the best possible education for its pupils and working environment for its staff. The governing body of Coton Primary School is composed of:
The organisation of your Governing Body
The Governing Board has two committees -
- Personnel and Resources which meets 3x per year
- Resources which meets 2x per year
- 4 full governing body meetings and a planning meeting for the year
Additional committees are established when needed. These committees include :
When a specific (usually time limited, or time critical) project is identified a working party can be formed. These will consist of governors and representatives of other relevant stakeholders. Terms of reference, based on the purpose of the working party are drawn up and progress reports are provided to the FGB.
Governors also organise specific monitoring activities linked to the School Improvement Plan and will visit the school throughout each term to look at progress in these areas. These visits include a variety of activities, according to the area being monitored. They could include; talking to pupils or staff, looking at pupils work and displays or meeting with subject leaders.
Every Governor is part of the Full Governing Body, is actively involved in monitoring activities every term and may be part of any working parties or other committees as needed. The Governing Body work hard to ensure that through their meetings and visits to school they know the school very well.
Formal records of all Governing Body meetings and committee meetings are taken and filed by the Clerk. Once agreed, minutes are then available to view. Should you wish to read any of the Governors' minutes please make a request via the school office.
Essex County Council provides training for new governors as well as specific refresher courses and in house training at Governing Body meetings.
Further information on becoming a School Governor can be found on the department for education website.
Please direct any additional questions related to School Governance to our Chair of Governors, Helen Christensen at email@example.com