We are learning together to be our best 
 

May 2013

  

Welcome to the Governors page on the school website, as the Chair Governors I wanted to share with you the role of the School Governing Body.

  

Role of the School Governing Body

  

This outline of responsibilities the School Governing Body has is taken from the Department of Education website.

The purpose of having a governing body is to:

·     help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement

·     keep the pressure up on school improvement

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

·     help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community

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

·     work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review

·     exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff

  

but not to:

·       intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

  

As the governing body we bring a wide range of skills and experience to the school and have a key role in ensuring the school motto – ‘ We are learning together to be our best’ is achieved by all.

  

We also form part of the schools senior management team focussing on monitoring and raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning, so that all pupils achieve their best.

  

We do this in a number of ways:

  

We monitor the impact and value for money the pupil premium brings to the school. The pupil premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. For more details on the pupil premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium 

  

We work with the school senior leaders to implement, monitor and evaluate school improvement priorities within the School Improvement Plan. The School Improvement Plan reflects the priorities of the school in making improvements to all aspects of school life. The priorities have been identified via a number of different avenues these include areas identified through rigorous self-evaluation, the previous OFSTED inspection (Sep 2008) and interim OFSTED report (Jan 2012) and parents’ views. In addition it is closely linked to the current year’s performance management focus and resulting continuing professional development needs.

  

We also have a key role with regards to School policies by approving and monitoring the effectiveness of Statutory Policies. 

  

The school governors meet as a full Governing Body at least once a half term. We receive reports from the Headteacher and the finance committee and discuss a variety of issues concerning the effectiveness of the school.

  

An important aspect that enables us to effectively monitor the school is contact. All governors make visits to the school to understand how the school works, to monitor progress and to support school activities. Governors also take on individual roles of responsibility that they report on to the governing body.

  

This is an exciting time for the Governing Body as one of our current aims is to ensure we are sufficiently equipped to carry out all our responsibilities with regards to the new Department of Education requirements and Ofsted criteria. We have plenty of support and guidance from Mrs Mullett and Hampshire County Council Governor Services .

  

Hampshire County Council Governor Services provide training and advice. We will be holding a whole governing body-training session on Effective Governance and Judging School Performance lead by Hampshire County Council Governor Services in the summer term.

  

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Membership News

  

We are pleased to welcome Chris Kidd to the governing body as a community governor. Chris has recently moved to the area with his family to take up the position of Director of Children's and Youth Ministries at St Andrew's Church Dibden Purlieu.  Anthony Gahr has also joined the governing body as a parent governor. Anthony has a son in year R and a son in Pre-School.

  

If you are interested in joining the governing body then feel free to leave your details with the school office or email gb@wildground-inf.hants.sch.uk

  

Contacting The School Governors

  

You are welcome to leave any correspondence for the School Governing Body at the school office or email gb@wildground-inf.hants.sch.uk

  

 

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