St John's C of E Primary School, Caterham

St Johns Caterham

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Role of the Governing Body

Our Purpose: Improving the quality of education and standards of achievement for St John’s children.

The Governing Body answers for its actions to parents and the wider local community for the school’s performance. It is accountable for holding the leadership to account within the Ofsted judgements and the Church of England framework. We achieve this through our goals and by being challenging and supportive to the school.

Goal 1: Setting Strategic Direction

Goal 2: Creating Accountability

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Achievement and progression (raising standards)
  • Working alongside colleagues in the school
  • Quality of teaching, behaviour and safety
  • Setting high standards and targets for improvement
  • Leadership and management
  • Planning, developing polices and school review
  • Church distinctiveness
  • Engaging all relevant people
  • Recruitment of senior staff
  • Meeting statutory duties and changing threats
  • Performance management of the Head Teacher
  • Not intervening in the day-to-day management of the school unless weaknesses are identified
  • Contributing to the school self-evaluation
  • Looking outward for local, national and international trends in order to make effective decisions

Goal 3: Ensuring Financial Correctness

 
  • Ensuring money is wisely spent
 
  • Use of pupil premium to overcome barriers to learning

 

What this means:

Governors know their school; its strengths and weaknesses; to hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance through rigorous planning and controls to ensure effective and efficient management of the school’s resources to deliver high expectations for children’s learning and development.

 

How we achieve this:

  • To act in the best interests of the school - balancing short and long term school and community challenges
  • To work as a member of a team at all times and be loyal to collective decisions and transparent
  • To recognise that all Governors have the same rights and responsibilities and that no Governor can act alone
  • Respect confidentiality, listen to and respect the views of others and involve the right people in our decisions
  • Taking a fair share of work/positions of responsibility and bringing the right skills on a voluntary basis
  • Governors are held to account by strict terms of reference and selection processes and through regular training

 

Our meetings:

  • Every two weeks the Chair meets with the Head to discuss progress and to provide support and tour the school
  • Every two weeks an executive group of Governors meet with the head to drive change and raise standards
  • Once a term the Full Governing Body meet to review progress, make decisions and to provide updates
  • On all agendas - to discuss budgets/needs plus standards and pupil welfare to review and address progress and safety
  • Termly each Governor visits the school to observe teaching in all subjects and discuss progress with management
  • At least annually Leadership Performance, Pay and Admissions Committees meet to review and plan
  • Support as required e.g. PTA, Parent Forums and Meet the Head sessions, meeting the School Business Manager

 

Governors’ funds:

As a voluntarily aided school parents are encouraged to contribute a small amount annually. The fund is transparently and carefully managed by Governors and annually is independently audited. Funds are used to support the above objectives. Recent examples include contributing to new computer tablets and updating the early year’s outdoor area.

 

Contacting us:

It is normal practice to raise questions or concerns with your Teacher or the School Leadership team and thereafter the Chair of Governors. We aim to respond quickly to all correspondence. We welcome contact via clerk@stjohnscofe.uk

 

We currently have a vacancy for a co-opted governor. Let us know if you can bring some good skills to help us.