The role of the Governing Body
Our Governing Body has three key roles:
· To provide a strategic view of where the school is heading
This means that we decide what we want the school to achieve and set the framework for getting there. We achieve this by reviewing policies, setting objectives and aims and deciding priorities for improvement, to be included in the school improvement plan. We take advice on all of this from the Headteacher but then make our own decisions.
· To act as a critical friend to the school
As a critical friend we offer support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. But we also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and seek to arrive at the best solution for all concerned.
· To hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of the education it provides.
Setting targets for the school to achieve in the light of national and local targets, and then systematically monitoring and formally evaluating outcomes, lie at the heart of this aspect of our role. We are very aware of the government’s aim for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to have the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well being.
We do not intervene in the day-to-day running of the school. Our responsibilities are exercised in partnership with the Headteacher and the staff of the school. Governors help to appoint our staff and to build good relationships between the nursery, school, parents and our local community. They do not need to be experts to tackle the ranges of responsibilities expected of them. Help, advice and training are available from various sources. We are always particularly keen to attract people with skills complementary to those found in school.
The Governing Body meets once a term for a business meeting and each of the main committees also meet once a term.
The main committees are as follows:
Admissions, Staff, Conciliation, Finance, Curriculum and Pupil Welfare, Property, Personnel and Pay.
The Governing Body comprises:
5 Parent Governors (elected by the parents but appointed by the Trust members)
1 Authority Governor
8 Community Governors
1 Ex Officio Governor (Headteacher)
3 Staff Governors ( elected by teaching and non-teaching staff)
TRUSTEES / MEMBERS - Keith Martin (Chair), Tom McCormick, Mark Abeyasekera, Mariyam Azher and Emma Staines.
PARENT GOVERNORS - Mark Crane, Kimberly McGrath (Vice-Chair), Mark-Jon Parkhouse, Emma Sibthorpe and Rachel Spencer.
LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR - Mariyam Azher
COMMUNITY GOVERNORS - Tom McCormick, Sara-Jane Isaacs, Mike Jackson, Keith Martin (Chair), Katy Stafferton, Carol Stobbs, Gillian Mitchell and Natasha Tagliarini.
STAFF GOVERNORS - Deborah James ( Headteacher), Karen Hurrell and Rebecca Sawford.
CLERK to the GOVERNORS - Kirsty Digby.
Should you be interested in becoming a Governor or wish to learn more about the Governing body please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Any correspondence for the Governing Body needs to be addressed to Mr Keith Martin Chair of Governors, C/O Crosshall Infant School Academy Trust, 446 Great North Road, Eaton Ford, St Neots, PE19 7GG.