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 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
“The Governing Body is proactive in its support and challenge.”
“Governors are fully involved in the running of the school.”
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 involved in the last 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 Business Manager
- Appointing a new Headteacher
- Continuing to ensure 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, Chris Johnson, 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.
We all warmly invite you to visit our school to find out for yourselves about the fun 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 2017 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. Our Clerk is Clerk to Governors for a cluster Primary school.
The following are the Family Relationships between members of the Governing Body and School Employees:
Ben Crabtree, Associate Member, year four teacher and Assistant Head, is married to Sarah Crabtree, Key Stage 1 Teacher.
Chris Johnson, Clerk, is married to Sharree Johnson, year six teacher and Assistant Head.