Governors know their school well, use data well, based on training to understand pupils’ achievement. They play a full part in the school’s self-evaluation and improvement. They have a good overview of the budget and make sure that the pupil premium funding is spent wisely.
– Ofsted 2014
The Role of the Governing Body
The governing body is a group of volunteers who commit a significant amount of time and energy every year to ensuring that Windermere offers children the very best educational opportunities. Acting similarly to a ‘board of directors’ the governing body has a statutory responsibility for the management, strategic planning and welfare of the whole school. We monitor the budget and evaluate the work of the school through an extensive programme of visits and meetings. The whole Governing Body meets 5 times a year and their work is further developed by two committees: the Resources and the Curriculum, Policy & Communications Committee (CPC), which also meet at least termly.
The Resources Committee
This committee is responsible for overseeing the school’s finances, health and safety and safeguarding. It is also the committee that ensures the school premises are kept in good condition and meet the needs of our pupils.
The CPC Committee
This committee is responsible for teaching and learning and the school’s curriculum. They must ensure that it is in line with statutory requirements and offers all our pupils a broad and balanced education. Part of this committee’s role is to challenge the school leadership on pupil attainment and progress, so that we know every pupil is achieving their full potential.
It is not just meetings; we are in constant communication with Mrs Raftery ensuring we are all working as a team to meet the school’s needs. This communication is really important to make sure as governors we are all aware of what is going on in and around school. All governors undertake regular visits to the school. These might be part of a formal ‘Governor Visit Day’ when governors visit classrooms and meet with the children, or it might be more informal when we join pupils in assemblies and at performances or sports events. All governors have additional specific responsibilities e.g. for special educational needs or safeguarding. These governors will meet with the appropriate staff, generally on a termly basis, to review progress against objectives and to set targets or agree action plans.
Communication with our ‘stakeholders’ – parents and pupils – is also very important. When we come into school we like to meet with pupils and ask their views. We also like to talk to parents about the things the school does well and the things that might need to be improved. Every 12-18 months we ask parents to complete a questionnaire about the school. However twice a year we also hold a ‘Parents’ Forum’. This is an opportunity for all parents to influence policy and management decisions on a specified topic or to find out about new initiatives. Recent topics have included the new uniform, healthy schools and P4C (Philosophy for Children). If you have anything specific you would like to discuss with the governors or questions you may like to ask please get in touch with us through the school office or by email.
Chair of Governors
A school governor can be a
- member of staff
- community representative e.g. local business people
- Local Education Authority appointed representative
Each governor brings to the role their own interests, personal strengths and diverse experiences.
Parent Governors ensure that the viewpoint of parents is represented on the Governing Body, however they must not be thought of as direct representatives of the parents. They speak and act as individuals within the clearly defined roles and responsibilities of any school governor.
Following the reconstitution of the governing body on 31st August 2015, these are the members of the governing body.
|Name||Role||Roles and Responsibilities||Committees||Term of Office||Relevant Business Interests|
|Mrs S Gibson||Parent Governor||Chair of Governors, Pupil Premium Governor||CPC Resources HT’s Performance Management||Dec 12 – Dec 16||N/A|
|Mr I Pressman||Parent Governor||Health and Safety Governor||Resources||May 14 – May 18||Parent of pupil in Year 6|
|Mrs J Perry||Parent Governor||English Governor||CPC||Nov 13 – Nov 17||Parent of pupil in Year 3|
|Mrs O Jennings||Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair||Chair of CPC Committee SEN Governor||CPC||May 15 – May 19||Parent of pupil in Year 5|
|Mrs C Marles||LA Governor||Safeguarding Governor, Designated Governor for Looked After Children||Resources HT’s Performance Management||Sept 14 – Sept 18||N/A|
|Mr J Plumstead||Co-opted Governor||Sports Premium Governor
|CPC||May 15 – May 19||Married to Mrs Plumstead|
|Mrs D Raftery||Ex Officio – Headteacher||CPC Resources||N/A|
|Miss S Hilier||Staff Governor||CPC||Sept 16 – Sept 20||N/A|
Sadly, in January of this year one of our governors, John Webster, passed away. The Head’s letter expressing how much he meant to the school can be read here.
A memorial bench has been placed in the school garden as a reminder of his service to the school.