Welcome to the Governors' section! Our current Governing Body Consists of:
Joan Ochuodho (Vice-Chair)
Steph Fawdry (Head)
Audrey Thorpe (Chair)
Sue Wright (Vice-Chair)
Clerk to Governors
What is the role of a Governor?
The Governing Body (GB) works with the Head teacher in setting the direction of the school by helping to build on its strengths and identifying areas for improvement. Individual governors need to understand how to study and use the educational evidence available to them, such as SATs results, Ofsted reports, the Department for Education (DfE) data analysis tool known as RAISEONLINE and the Fischer Family Trust data to answer questions such as 'are we providing outstanding teaching and learning for every pupil', 'are there any barriers to consistent high performance and if so how do we overcome them' and 'how do we secure sustained improvement for the school'?
Governors are also responsible for staff recruitment (advertising, short-listing, applicant interviews), the school budget, the curriculum resources and buildings maintenance and overall have a strategic role in managing the school, being challenging but fully supportive of the Head teacher and school senior leadership team who are responsible for managing the operational aspects of the school.
Governors are drawn from parents of children in the school and other from our local communities. The school's legal 'Instrument of Governance' defines the number and types of governor and anyone interested in becoming a school governor can apply to join the GB by first making contact with the school. The categories of governor are defined as:
There are 2 staff governors. The Head teacher is one and the other 1 is elected by the staff team. Currently, the Head teacher, the and the Pastoral Care Officer are staff governors.
There are 4 parent governors and when a vacancy arises the school seeks volunteer(s) from the parents who are then asked to vote on their choice of candidate. This process is managed by the school and unlike the appointment of community or associate governors the decision is not subject to the prior agreement of the GB as a whole.
The 5 Co-opted governors are drawn mainly from RAF Benson, although there are advantages seeking them from outside of the base to offset the effects of frequent changes in Service governors when they are posted.
Local Authority Governors:
This 1 governor is appointed by the LA, usually on the recommendation of the Chair of the governing body and usually for specific reasons such as gaining a governor with a specific skill set (e.g. educational, financial).
Associate Governors: It sometimes happens that a person wishes to become a governor at a time when there are no vacancies on the full governing body or wish to solely work within a committee. Volunteer governors are always welcome so the GB may then appoint them as Associate governors.
The GB meets usually once a term and is supported by 2 committees (Resources and Curriculum, Standards and Performance) who also meet once a term, so you can see that although many important functions are carried out by governors, often on an individual basis, formal meetings do not make onerous demands on individual governors.
There are few more worthwhile occupations than that of being a governor of our school.