School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher.
Governing bodies make decisions which are in the best interests of the children.
These are the people who volunteer as governors at Standhill infants' School:
If you need to speak to a Standhill School governor about anything to do with the school, your child, their teaching or if you have any concerns, the parent governors are often at the school gates at the start and end of the day. Other governors are often in school helping out and visiting to see how everything is going. Here's what we look like so you can spot us!
Mrs Fletcher (Chair)
If you'd rather write, please either drop a letter or email to Mrs Fletcher, c/o the school, or leave a message with school and ask for a governor to call you back.
We have several committees which cover different areas of how the school operates. The finance committee makes sure money is well-spent and accounted for - and that we get all the money coming in that we possibly can.
Finance committee members:
Mr Astill (committee chair), Mrs Clarke, Mr Ellis, Mr Wilson, Mrs Ghattaora
Headteacher's appraisal committee:
Mrs Ward and Mrs Fletcher
The school review committee looks at how the school makes the most of its resources, including staff and equipment, to ensure the children's progress, achievements and results are the best they can be.
School Review committee members:
Mrs Fletcher (committee chair), Mr Astill, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Ward, Mrs Ghattaora
Governor period of appointment:
The Small Print:
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.
It is the school’s accountable body and as such:
• provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the headteacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;
• monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
• signs off the self evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.
Who can become a school governor? Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people.
There are different types of school with different categories of governor.
The types of state schools in England are: community voluntary controlled voluntary aided foundation trust – a type of foundation school academies, free Schools and City Technology Colleges – independent state funded schools.
There are also different categories of governor: parent staff foundation partnership local authority co-opted.
The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing board.
How do I become a governor? If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies.
You can contact your local school to ask if they need a new governor.
You can contact your local council.
You can use the Inspiring the Future website.
You can contact SGOSS - Governors for Schools, which recruits Governors nationally.