Groombridge St. Thomas CE Primary School

Governors Responsibilities / Committees

The Role of the Governing Body

Every school has a governing body, volunteers drawn from the school, church local and wider community, whose role is similar to that of the board of a company or the board of trustees for a charity. When recruiting new governors, a matrix is used from its own self-assessment process to ensure appointments improve its effectiveness. Training is also provided. Governors are the strategic leaders of schools and have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education. They are not involved in the day to day running of the school, this is the responsibility of our Headteacher, but we do visit the school for monitoring and support.

Governing bodies have a statutory role and responsibility for :

  • School performance

  • Standards and safeguarding

  • Vision, ethos and values of the school

  • The strategic direction of the school

  • Working with parents and the local community and promoting the school in the local community


DUTIES OF GOVERNORS includes:

- To attend FGB meetings and appropriate committee meetings

- To make formal visits during the school day, regarding the Governors link role at least 3 times a year and to report on their subject/area role to the Governors

- To meet new staff whenever possible after their appointment

- To attend appropriate governor training sessions and keep up to date eg via The Key for Governors and the VSB

- To read all papers before the FGB and send comments to the Chair in advance, when appropriate


We all aspire for the happiness, enthusiasm and enjoyment in learning for every child, a strong sense of community and collective responsibility for actions, outcomes and impact and a culture of high expectations. The School Development Plan has identified priorities for improvement next year which will move the school closer to realising our ambitions. This is published on the website for you to view.

In the unfortunate event that you have a complaint, we ask that in the first instance you contact the headteacher and meet to discuss the issue. Most problems can be settled at this stage. If the matter needs further consideration, please refer to our complaints procedure on our website or available from the office.

Governors wholeheartedly support the aspirations of the school to enable children to 'Be the best you can be'.

Governing Body Minutes can be requested from the clerk to the governors via the school office.



Governors’ Responsibilities / Committees

Chair – To be appointed Deputy to be appointed

Chair on all committees, other governors on one (three govs plus head)

Resources

Mr Peter Symes - Chair

Miss Angela Nicholls

Mrs Sarah Moran (Bursar)

Mr Thomas Swann

Mrs Caroline Watkins

Curriculum and Ethos

Miss Angela Nicholls

Mrs Helen Denton

Rev Sharon Francis (Chair)

Mr Richard Hayes

Mr Thomas Swann

Admissions

Rev Sharon Francis

Mrs Sam Berkery (Early Years Co-ordinator)

Miss Angela Nicholls

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Pay

Rev Sharon Francis

Mr Peter Symes

Miss Angela Nicholls

Staff Dismissal

Mr Peter Symes

Rev Sharon Francis

Mr Thomas Swann

Performance Management Appeals

Mr Richard Hayes

Mr Peter Symes

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Staff Dismissal Appeals

Rev Sharon Francis

Mrs Caroline Watkins

Mr Richard Hayes

Pupil Disciplinary

Mrs Helen Denton

Rev Sharon Francis

Mr Peter Symes



Headteacher Performance Management

Rev Sharon Francis

Mr Peter Symes




Disciplinary Committee

Appointed as and when needed

Governors with Special Responsibilities

· SEND / Inclusion / ‘Looked After’– Ann Saunders

· Child Protection/Safeguarding - Richard Hayes

. Health and Safety – Mrs Caroline Watkins

· Religious Education / Collective Worship / Ethos – Reverend Sharon and Foundation Governors

· Governors Fund – Rev Sharon and Resources Committee

· Computing, GDPR and E Safety – .................................

· LEA – to be appointed

· Wellbeing – Rev Sharon and Peter Symes

· Complaints – committee appointed when needed

· Admissons ...................................

· GDPR/Website – .............................

· PSHE/RSE – Richard Hayes

· EYFS – Ann Saunders

· Governor INSET – Chair and Headteacher

Updated on 31/3/21

Governor Recruitment for two Foundation Governors, an LA Governor and one Parent Governor in process