Board of Governors 2016-17
Governors Communications Plan April 2015.
This policy sets out the Governors methods of communicating with the stakeholders in the school
Governor Building Fund Appeal September 2015
Ours is a Voluntary Aided school. This means that we have to fund 10% of the cost of any repair or improvements carried out at the school. This comes from voluntary contributions from parents, please remember that you are under no obligation to donate. If you do wish to make a contribution, please ensure that it is marked with your child’s name and for the attention of the governors.
Whatever donation you can make, large or small please be assured that it will be spent wisely and for the benefit of all the children. However, this is not a compulsory payment.
If you are a taxpayer please also complete the gift aid form (found beneath), we can claim back 25p for every £1 you contribute, at no extra cost to you. For example for an annual contribution of £60 we could reclaim £15 making a total contribution of £75 by just signing a form.
*Please make sure that the person paying the contribution is the one who completes the form.
Parents, do you have any comments to make about our school? If so, we would be very grateful if you would use the online questions on the Ofsted website called ‘Parent View’. It will only take a few minutes to access, you do need to register your email address and you will receive a confirmation email before you begin the questionnaire .
The questionnaire is anonymous to anyone viewing the results on the website parentview.ofsted.gov.uk
The governors can be contacted via Email firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the “contact our governors” form at the end of the page .
The school governing body is made up of:
- staff representatives
- community governors, including parents
- other sponsors (in our case, the diocese appoint “foundation governors”)
School governor’s duties include:
- setting the strategic direction, policies and objectives
- approving the budget
- reviewing progress against the budget and objectives
- challenging and supporting senior staff
- playing a part in appointing staff
The governing body is accountable for:
- the use of public funds
- the quality of education provided
- the wider contribution to the community
The role of governor
Almost every year we need to recruit new school governors.
Governors must be over the age of 18 but no specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a family member attending the school to become a governor. Training and development is readily available, and is an important part of becoming an effective school governor.
Governors need to attend meetings of the governing body every half term and also join one of the three committees that look at specific issues. Most meetings are in the late afternoon or early evening. The time commitment varies, but is usually a few hours each month. The role is voluntary, but expenses can be covered (such as babysitting costs).