Welcome from the Governors of Georgeham Primary!
Like all local authority schools, Georgeham has a governing board comprised of volunteers who are tasked by the Department of Education with ensuring that the school provides the best educational experience for the children who attend. Governors challenge and support school leaders to ensure they are accountable for the performance of the school in three key ways:
- Governors work with school leaders to ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategy: this includes setting priorities for improvement and monitoring how the school is progressing.
- Governors are responsible for holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school
- Governors oversee the financial performance of the school to ensure that it’s money is well spent
Governors do not get involved in the day to day running of the school, this is the job of the Head and the teaching team. Instead they take a strategic view and are there to support and challenge the school to achieve it’s aims. Our governing board is made up of 11 volunteers representing different parts of the community, including parents, representatives of the church and members of the teaching team as well as other individuals who bring specific skills to the group. We welcome governors with a wide range of skills – a background in education is not a prerequisite, rather we seek people with a diverse range of skills who share an interest in the school and a keenness to ask questions and understand how it works. Currently we have a vicar, a retired engineer, individuals who run their own companies, a communications specialist, teachers/retired teachers from both the primary and secondary sector and a part time early years practioner on the governing body. We also have two Associate Governors who work with the board to advise us in specific areas (namely our SIAMs obligations as a church school and communications matters). Check out our Meet the Governors page to see who we are.
We meet half termly to review school progress either as a full governing body or as smaller committees focusing on the teaching and learning side of school life or the financial/business management side of the school. Our full governing body meetings are open to the public and our minutes are part of the public record. Minutes from meetings held in the last two academic years are available to download from our Minutes page. Prior minutes are available upon request to the Clerk of Governors. You can see our attendance record and learn more about any individual interests that may be relevant to school governance on our Governor’s Register page. As part of our commitment to ensure best practice in all that we do, we undertake regular self evaluation of our activities, including a review of any skills or training gaps on the governing body.
As governors we are keen to be transparent and open with the parent and wider community. In addition to our minutes, we provide termly updates to parents through the School Newsletter, hold regular parent breakfasts and make available key information about the school through the website including a Summary of the School Improvement Plan, Department of Education performance data, our latest Ofsted Report and information about Pupil Premium Funding, Sport Funding and key policies. We even publish a regular update for the community in our local parish magazine, The Crydda. All of these documents can be found on the About Us and Parent pages of the website.
If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors or are interested in becoming a governor you can contact us via the School Office or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We have put together a handy outline of what being a governor is all about which you may find useful.