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Welcome to the Governors page. 

 

Please find below some information about who our school governors are and what they do.  I hope you find the information useful.

Jo McKenzie and Andy Phillips, Chairs of the Governing Body 

 

The purpose of our governing body is to:

  • help the school set high standards of education for all pupils of all abilities by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement

  • regularly monitor and hold staff to account for school improvement

  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support, advice and challenge

  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and its wider community

  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does

  • work with staff to plan and develop policies and regularly review the impact on teaching and learning

  • fulfil its responsibilities in partnership with the Headteacher and staff

  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school, unless serious weaknesses are identified in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

 

How do governors carry out their responsibilities?

We have a three-year strategic development plan for the school.  Each year the governing body and the Headteacher review the targets set for school performance and improvement.  We monitor progress against these targets throughout the year.  Governors meet all together once each half term.  We also set up smaller working groups as required to focus on particular issues, and these have specific roles and responsibilities. 

 

The Governing Body is kept informed of progress in school by termly reports from the Headteacher and presentations by subject leaders at our meetings.  We also have a programme of Learning Walks to enable governors to visit the school and monitor how well strategies for improving the school are being implemented.  The Chair of Governors is in weekly contact with the Headteacher so that she can be kept up to date with all relevant developments.

 

The Governing Body consists of up to ten Governors and further Associate Members. There are five categories of governors: the Headteacher, elected staff governor, elected parent governors, local authority governor and co-opted (formerly called community) governors.  A governor’s term of office is four years.  Parent governors are appointed via an election process.  All parents are informed when a parent governor vacancy arises and when the election process will take place. Associate Members are appointed by the Governing Body in order to bring particular expertise or experience to the School.

 

Who are the governors?

Chair/Co-opted Governor                   Mr Andy Phillips

Co-chair / Co-opted Governor to end 2018 Ms Jo McKenzie

Vice Chair/ Local Authority Governor Mr John Wattam 

Elected Staff Governor                       Mrs Tina Ball

Elected Parent Governor                    Mrs Kate Campbell

Co-opted Governor                             Mrs Anna Cox

Associate Member                              Mrs L Challis

Co-opted Governor                             Mrs Cat Smith 

Headteacher                                       Mr Chris Rutland 

Elected Parent Governor                    Mrs Tracy Smith

Associate Member                              Jill Waters

Co-opted Governor                             Vacancy

Clerk                                                   Mrs Sarah Buchanan    

We are working with our School Council to produce a mini-profile of each governor.

Parents/carers are welcome to contact governors via the Clerk, who will ensure that their enquiry is passed to the most appropriate governor. Email: clerk@educ.somerset.gov.uk  Please be aware that this email account is not checked daily and there may be a delay in responding.  Alternatively, please contact the Chair of Governors about relevant strategic matters via the school email at: sch.218@educ.somerset.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

Picture 1 Jo McKenzie (Chair)
Picture 2 Tracy Smith (Elected parent governor)
Picture 3 Anna Cox
Picture 4 Tina Ball (Elected staff governor)
Picture 5 John Wattam, Vice Chair
Picture 6 Andy Philips
Picture 7 Chris Rutland, Headteacher

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