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Governing Body

Our school Governors are drawn from all the stakeholders in our school community, they are appointed for a four year term and all volunteer their time and skills for the benefit of our school. The different categories of Governor help to ensure that the Governing Body has sufficient diversity of views, skills and experiences however all Governors have equal status and Governors act as one single body.

In total we have 12 Governors.

Mrs Day our head teacher represents our school and provides the board with regular and detailed reports on our school.

We have three foundation Governors from our local church, St Peter's in Fishbourne.

They are appointed by the diocese and have specific responsibility for overseeing the Christian values we uphold at school.

We have two Parent Governors who can be either parents or carers with responsibility for a child at school. They are nominated by other parents and elected by the current parents at school. Whenever they can, Parent Governors try to represent views of most parents in the school community and inform the Governing body how matters under discussion may affect parents. They can also help the Governing body communicate with other parents.

We have one Governor nominated by the local authority, they are appointed by the Governing body with a view to the skills they can contribute to promote effective governance and success of our school.

We have a Staff Governor who is selected by all the staff at school. The staff Governor is well place to understand staff views and remind the Governing body how matters being discussed affect staff.  They also help the Governing body communicate effectively with staff through regular feedback at staff meetings.

Lastly we have four co-opted Governors who are appointed by the Governing body. They are people within our local community who, in the opinion of the Governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance of the school.

We meet as a whole either twice or three times a term.  The first meeting of each term is focussed on strategy and skills. We consider the schools direction and our school development plan as well as reflecting on and evaluating our school. We invite stakeholders and trainers to these meetings to help us learn and understand our school.

The strategic plan for our school can be found  under About Us - Governors - Strategic Plan.

During the term we meet in smaller groups and undertake visits to focus in detail on:

  • Teaching and learning
    • Ensuring the National Curriculum is followed
    • Measures are in place to personalise learning to allow all children to make good progress whatever their starting point
    • Staff are trained and supported and objectives and reviews are in place that reflect the school’s aims
  • Spending budgets, staffing and premises are reviewed by a group of governors
    • Our income is fixed by county per child and we then have to agree how this is spent
    • Our expenditure must allow our children to progress and learn in a safe and secure environment
    • Our staff must be appropriately rewarded and trained
    • Our premises must be safe and suitable for all those who use it
  • Christian values are the focus of our foundation governors
    • Continuing to deepen the understanding of our Christian Values within our School Vision
    • Assembly themes
    • Link with the pupil worship team

Governors also take on additional roles to support the schools development plan.

Specific Governor roles for the current academic year are detailed in our Governor Roles page see below

At the end of each term we meet conduct the statutory business of the Governing body

  • We receive and discuss the Head teachers report for the term
  • Receive visit and meeting reports from all members
  • Review safeguarding within the school
  • Discuss amendments and updates to School policies
  • Any other business arising during the term.