ROLE OF SCHOOL GOVERNORS
On the Governing Board there are people representing different groups such as parents, teachers and members of the local community.
The overall purpose of the Governing Board is to help Parkhill Infants' School provide the best possible education for its pupils, in order to develop every child's full potential.
This involves, in particular:
- setting the school's vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources;
- monitoring and evaluating performance and acting as a critical friend to the Leadership Team, in order to support and challenge them in managing the school;
- ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents, the local authority and the local community.
The Governors actively support the School and staff with the implementation of the School Curriculum, Local Authority requirements and the National Curriculum Regulations.
The Governors aim to encourage a caring partnership between the School, Parents and Governors based on trust and a shared understanding in order that the child's education can be for the benefit of the child, school and community.
ORGANISATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Full Governing Board consists of 6 Governors and 1 associate Governor.
Our Acting Chair of Governors is Mr Anthony Russell who can be contacted via the school office.
All of our governors have specific responsibilities covering both strategic and curriculum areas, They are paired with teachers and work with them to monitor school activity and policies in specific areas.
A matrix of responsibilities for our governing board can be found below:
One meeting is held per term for the Finance and Premises committee. A full Governing Body meeting is also held every term.
The purpose of this committee is to help enable the Governing Board to fulfil its core functions related to “overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent” (Governance Handbook March 2019).
It will do this by:
- preparing draft budget plans for review and approval
- planning, monitoring and scrutinising the school budget
- ensuring funding is in place to support effective provision for the school’s strategic improvement priorities.
The purpose of this committee is to help enable the Governing Body to fulfil its core functions related to "overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent” (Governance Handbook March 2019).
It will do this by:
- Discussed and review of Improvement projects and contractors approached for quotes. An agreed level of delegation is passed to the Headteacher for day to day responsibility of the premises.
- health and safety role, and considers any premises related issues which may arise. These include the necessary risk assessments for health and safety, security and fire
- ensure that premises and fire safety measures are sufficient - including alarm systems and regular fire drills.
- ensure the preparation, regular review and revision, where necessary, of a written Accessibility Plan to increase participation of disabled pupils within the physical environment of the school.
The purpose of this committee is to help enable the Governing Body to fulfil its core functions related to “holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.” (Governance Handbook March 2019)
By monitoring and challenging the impact of teaching and learning in school, the Performance and Standards Meeting will review and evaluate outcomes for all pupils and groups of pupils to ensure they achieve in line with their individual capabilities.
It will do this through a range of monitoring activities which may include:
- Evaluation and analysis of Raiseonline and other school performance data
- Co-ordinated classroom visits, learning walks and book examination
- Meetings with Subject Leaders, children and staff members
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Our Governors have declared the following interests which may influence their governing role:
- Business Interest - None
- Financial Interest - None
- Governance role in another school - None
Individual governor attendance at meetings for 2019-20 and 2020-21 is given in the following: