On behalf of the Governing Body, welcome to our school website.
The Governing Body at our school is made up of local people who want to make a positive contribution to the school and the education of its children. Governors are exactly like a company board of directors. As such and in a nutshell their key roles are to:
• Provide a strategic view
• Act as a critical friend
• Ensure accountability
These roles cover a wide range of activities, from finance to curriculum, personnel and policy to name but a few.
Governors are not expected to make detailed decisions on the day to day running of the school, this is the responsibility of the Headteacher. The appointment of the Headteacher is down to the Governing Body, and is one of the most important decisions with which Governors are concerned.
Governors work in partnership with the school leadership team, the head, deputy and business manager, to set the future direction of the school, and to drive continuous improvement in the performance of the school. The key document here is the School Improvement and Development Plan, drafted by the leadership team, in conjunction with the staff and governors, but adopted, monitored and interrogated by the Governing Body. Governors monitor the school budget closely and ensure that all school policies and procedures are fit for purpose and appropriately applied.
We are also involved in Ofsted inspections; a group of Governors have to provide evidence to the inspectors of their strategic role and impact on performance in school. In our last inspection Ofsted said that:
• Governors provide effective challenge to senior leaders. They are a skilled group which is ambitious for all pupils to thrive.
• The governing body has a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. It has supported the headteacher strongly.
• They ensure that additional funding for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities and for the development of PE and sport is spent well.
• The chair of the governing body is ambitious for all pupils. She shares the headteacher’s vision of raised aspirations at the school.
• The governing body maintains close links with the church so that the Christian ethos of the school is preserved.
• Governors make sure that staff are suitably trained and the policy for safeguarding pupils is fit for purpose.
The Governing Body is here to be a critical friend, who can provide the right balance of support and challenge, both for the school and the Headteacher. We have Governors who represent the local community, Wiltshire Authority and Church, alongside parents and staff. Some of the tasks in which Governors have been closely involved in the past few years are:
• Overseeing the kitchen extension so we could supply the universal free school meals to KS1. Food is prepared daily on site, with fresh ingredients and plenty of choice.
• Managing the build of four brand new classrooms and associated meeting area and cloakrooms
• Renovating and expanding the office area, KS1 and KS2 toilets
• Installing new windows in KS1 building, replacing some fasciae and guttering on KS2 building
• Ensuring site security with a new log in system for staff and visitors
• Converting the old boiler house into The Loft, our innovative new family centre
• Appointing a new Headteacher
• Appointing a new Site Management Team
• Appointing Middle Leaders for Mathematics and English
• Striving to ensure that we get the best outcomes possible for children entitled to The Pupil Premium.
• Overseeing the spend of the School Sports Premium
We hope this information has given you an insight into our work as Governors. We welcome input from parents and the community we serve and can be contacted via our clerk, Christine Connolly, please get in touch with the school office.
Open mornings are every Tuesday in October, to visit at other times phone or e mail our friendly office staff.
01980 623009 firstname.lastname@example.org
We all warmly invite you to visit our school to find out for yourselves about the strong and inclusive learning environment here at Amesbury CEVC Primary School, where Every Child Matters.
Chair of Governors
Register of Business Interests and Relationships Information
On the 1st September 2018 Governors had not identified any Business Interest Declarations with respect to the School.
This register is updated from time to time throughout the year, particularly at all meetings of the Full Governing Body.
No Governor serves as a Governor at another school.
The following are the Family Relationships between members of the Governing Body and School Employees:
Ben Crabtree, Associate Member, year Six teacher and Assistant Head, is married to Sarah Crabtree, Key Stage 1 Teacher, who is currently on Maternity leave.
Terry Hall, Headteacher, is the mother of Josh Hall, who is employed on a casual basis as a General Assistant to the Office Team.