What is a School Governor?
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Some are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed either by the local authority or from the local community.
The Federation of Wellow and Awbridge Primary Schools has a joint Governing Body who work together to support and challenge each school through clear roles and responsibilities. Governors take a keen interest in the life of the school and support staff to raise standards through strong strategic leadership.
What do governors do?
School governors have a wide range of responsibilities, helping to raise standards of pupil achievement and planning the school’s future direction, always in consultation with the school leadersr and other staff. We are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. We are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school: that is the job of the school leaders.
Governors’ responsibilities include:
- Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved
- Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year
- Appointing, challenging and supporting school leaders (being a ‘critical friend’)
- Acting as a link between the local community and the school
- Helping to set and manage the school budget
- Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff
At Wellow School we do this on several levels. We meet as a Full Governing Body about six times a year but also in two main committees, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail. At present our committees are:
- Resources– dealing with finance, our building and grounds (including Health & Safety) and all staffing matters.
- Curriculum and Standards– dealing with curriculum and assessment matters and monitoring standards, as well as communication with parents and the wider community (including the production of the school prospectus).
Individual governors are also linked with a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, or a curriculum. This ensures that Governors ‘know their School’ and are able to challenge the school to achieve the very best outcomes for children.
All governors are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if they can, but we do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching or running of the school: we leave that to the professionals!
Hampshire County Council provides training in all aspects of governors’ responsibilities and we take full advantage of that, in order to be as effective as possible.
Chair of Governors
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources
She has extensive experience working in the commercial business world with sales, marketing, budgeting and team management experience.
Janette sits on the Pay Committee. She has a particular interest in ensuring best utilization of our resources (facilities and budget) to improve outcomes for all children and creating a positive working environment for both pupils and staff.
Chair of Curriculum & Standards
Jane Stokes chairs the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Her post-graduate qualifications and background are in education and she currently works as a lecturer for a further education college, teaching English and Employability skills to vocational students.
Jane is the link Governor for RE, PSHE, Maple class at Awbridge and Year 2 at Wellow. She has a particular interest in seeing how SMSC and British Values are disseminated throughout the curriculum.
Designated Safeguarding Governor
Kim Bown is designated Safeguarding Governor and sits on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. He is a qualified social worker and has held a range of practitioner, manager and academic appointments related to children’s services. He is currently a university senior lecturer specialising in teaching and researching issues relating to safeguarding and the wellbeing of looked after children.
He has extensive experience of external assessment and regulation of higher education in England and Northern Ireland.
Kim is a parent of two children who attend Awbridge school. He is committed to school being a richly rewarding, aspirational, safe and inclusive experience for all children irrespective of background and ability.
Karen is the link governor for PE at Wellow and Awbridge School. She is a local GP and has a special interest in Medical Education, teaching Southampton Medical Students and also playing a lead role in the Appraisal and Revalidation of doctors in West Hampshire. To strengthen her roles she is currently completing a Masters in Medical Education.
Her particular interest is in ensuring that healthy eating and exercise are heavily promoted throughout the curriculum and her medical background places her in an excellent position to encourage this.
We believe it is vital to be in regular communication with parents and make sure that Governors and senior staff are available at different times of the day and at evening parent consultations. We also issue questionnaires to gauge feedback and direct our palnning for the future.
Parent Survey – Wellow