The school governing body is made up of volunteers who all have an interest in how the school is run. At St Richard’s CE First School, the governors come from one of five categories: the Church (or “Foundation”), the Local Authority, Staff (both teaching and non-teaching), Parents and the Community. There is also a clerk to the governing body who keeps all the records of meetings, as well as updating the governors about relevant information.
Governors hold full governing body meetings once every half term. We have three governing body sub-committees which cover three specific areas: Curriculum, Buildings and Premises and lastly, Personnel and Finance. These sub-committees meet regularly and discuss issues relating to their specific areas. Each governor is also responsible for monitoring the progress in a specific area of the Curriculum or school life. Finally, each governor is linked to a specific year group and has the opportunity to follow that year group as they progress through life at St Richard’s.
The Role of the Governor
The governing body is responsible for the school. It delegates the day to day running of the school to the Head. The role of a governor is:
•To offer a strategic view of the work of the school
•To support and challenge (to be a so-called “critical friend”)
•To hold the school to account for the standards and quality of education it achieves.
The role of a governor is not:
•To be available to deal with problems and concerns as individuals (our role is to refer these to the Head or the appropriate member of staff)
•To act as a “go-between” for various parties (e.g. parent and teacher)
•To act as a “delegate” for a group
•To share information other than that which has been agreed by the whole governing body.
Who are our Governors?
In 2006, the Government gave individual governing bodies the power to decide the membership type and number of people who sat on their governing body. At St Richard’s at that time we decided to keep the constitution the same as we were still a large school. In May 2014 we reconstituted the Instrument of Government for the school. The constitution of our governing body now states that we should have the following type and number of governors:
Parent - 4
Foundation - 2
Ex-0fficio appointed by Diocese - 1
Local Authority - 1
Staff - 1
Head Ex-Officio - 1
Co-opted - 3
Curriculum Sub-Committee Report
The curriculum sub-committee helps to ensure that school maintains the highest possible standards of teaching and learning. It must also monitor progress against improvement targets and carry out regular policy reviews.
Monitoring the School Improvement Plan is one of the key jobs of the sub-committee. This is achieved by various means, e.g. Head’s report to governors, feedback by teachers responsible for leading subject teaching (known as subject leaders), feedback by the School Management Team, parental and pupil surveys, test results, etc. In addition one of the best ways to collect evidence of improvements is by visiting the school and collecting it first hand.
The school is constantly undergoing a process of School Self Evaluation. This sub-committee works with subject leaders to ratify the curriculum policy for each area and keep it up-to-date.
Our latest OFSTED inspection rated the school as “good” with outstanding features.
Buildings and Premises Sub-committee Report
The Buildings and Premises Sub-Committee provides support and guidance for the Head in all matters relating to the school premises and grounds, security and health and safety. One of its primary aims is to ensure that the premises, grounds and equipment are inspected annually and to ensure any corrective measures are put in place to rectify identified deficiencies.
The majority of the sub-committee is made up by governors, but the Head also sits on the sub-committee as well as Barry Glaudot, our Premises Manager, who is classed as an Associate Member. We hope you agree that the grounds team does a wonderful job in making our school look smart, clean and welcoming.
Personnel and Finance Sub-Committee Report
The Personnel and Finance Sub-Committee is there to support the school in all matters relating to people and money. Its focus is on the medium and long term strategies for the whole school environment. It monitors the SEF and the management of school performance.
We have agreed the school budget for the current academic year as well as making more general plans for the future.
The governing body is now responsible for auditing school finances and making sure there are effective and accurate financial systems in place.
Governors' Report on Arrangements for Disabled Pupils
Special Educational Needs Policy for Disability and Equality
This Policy is the consensus of the Teaching Staff and Governors and was approved at a Meeting of the Governing Body. This policy will be reviewed annually.
When carrying out its functions this school will have due regard to the need to:
• Promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and other people;
• Eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the Disability Discrimination Act;
• Eliminate harassment of disabled people that is related to their disability;
• Promote positive attitudes towards disabled people;
• Encourage participation by disabled people in public life;
• Take steps to meet disabled people’s needs, even if this requires more favourable treatment.
Continuous cycle of improvement
Annually Involve disabled pupils, parents, staff and governors
Identify issues/assess the impact on policies
Draw up a plan/support priorities/link into budget
Implement the plan which will:
• Increase access to the curriculum
• Make improvements to the physical environment of the school
• Make written information to pupils in a range of different ways.
Monitor and review the plan
Governors regularly monitor the Pupil Premium to ensure that the money is being used effectively and that the Pupil Premium pupils are making progress.
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