The governing body consists of four categories of governor, Staff, Parent, Community and Local Education Authority. On occasions an Associate Member may sit on the Board to offer particular expertise. Associate Members are not full members of the governing body. At Watlington, the composition is as follows:
The Head Teacher
The Head Teacher is automatically a governor.
One member of staff has a place on the governing body, elected by their peers.
All of these school-based governors remain on the governing body only while they are employed at the school. Should they retire or resign, a new nomination is required.
Two governors are parents or carers of children enrolled at the school at the time of their appointment. Vacancies for parent governors must be notified to all parents and nominations requested. A ballot of all parents is held if there are more nominations than posts available.
Four governors can be invited to serve by the governing body as being representative of the interests of the local community. Community governors can be reappointed an indefinite number of times at the end of their four year terms.
Local Authority Governors
One governor is appointed by the local authority to represent local interests.
Who are the School’s Governors?
Governor type and Term
|Mrs K Samouelle||Chair||Co-opted 06/07/17 - 31/07/22|
Mr T Casey
|Co-opted 24/9/19 - 23/9/23|
Mrs C Chapman
|Mrs S Hewitt||Staff 25/01/21- 24/01/25|
|Mrs S Asif||Co-opted 03/09/18 - 02/09/22|
Mrs H Brooks
Parent 03/12/19 -02/12/23
|Mr T Folland||Co-opted 10/12/19 - 9/12/23|
|Mrs M Parker||Co-opted 10/12/19 - 9/12/23|
|Mr S Graver||Local Authority 8/10/19 - 7/10/23|
|Mrs R Kett||Associate 20/5/21 - 19/5/24|
What is the Governors’ Role?
The overall purpose of the governing body is to help the school provide the best possible education for the pupils. This involves, in particular:
- Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, making creative use of available resources.
- Monitoring and evaluating performance, and acting as a critical friend to the Head Teacher and her deputy to support them and challenge them in managing the school.
- Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents, to the local community and those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff.
How Do We Achieve This Role?
Because much of the governors’ work is carried out in meetings, the full governing body normally meets 9 times a year. A typical agenda includes:
- Reports from the headteacher and the chairs of the various committees.
- Consideration of the School Development Plan.
- Discussion arising from correspondence..
- Considering any incidents of anti-racism, disability discrimination and child protection.
- Feedback from courses governors have attended.
Due to being a relatively small Governing Body we have decided to operate without sub committees so all our meetings are Full Governing Body meetings. The agenda is split to ensure that all key statutory functions, responsibilities and monitoring are covered. Governors have statutory responsibilities which they carry out by monitoring the area and reporting back to the Full Governing Body. On occasions we may convene a committee or panel to deal with a specific task.