Governors

Message From the Chair of Governors

 

What is the Purpose of the Governing Body?

We currently have vacancies for Governor positions, 3 Co-opted Governors and 1 LA Governor. To understand the role of a Governor download the following document for full details:

The Role of a Governor

The purpose of our 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 up the pressure for 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
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff
  • not 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.

 

Some of these purposes are set in law.

 

A school’s governing body is a corporate body. This means it has a legal existence separate from that of its individual members. As long as governors have acted honestly, without ulterior motive, and reasonably, within the law and regulations, the governing body cannot be held to account as individuals for any liabilities incurred by the governing body.

 

 

How do Governors fulfill these purposes?

We exercise our duties in a number of ways:

  • We usually have five full governing body meetings each year, roughly two per term, and in between these meetings we have committee and working party meetings that deal with detail that underpins the reports the full governing body receives.
  • In addition governors are encouraged to attend school activities and events when we then have an opportunity, like parents, to take encouragement from the achievements of the pupils and the staff that teach and inspire them.
  • Our function at meetings is to review, question and challenge the Head teacher and staff so that we can, as far as possible, keep up the pressure to improve, ensuring that the children are being taught in a safe as well as a stimulating environment with the best resources, both human and material, that are available and affordable. We must also review the school’s policies to ensure that they focus on delivering the highest standards.
  • Many of us take a particular interest in a specific area of the curriculum, e.g. Maths, English or the provision for children with Special Educational Needs or Disability. Others focus on wider issues such as Health and Safety or Finance. Governors also have responsibility for monitoring the school’s progress against the Single Plan and use of the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding.
  • We seek and welcome the help and support of the Local Authority and receive reports and advice from them often resulting from officers’ visits or through their distribution of essential information from the Department for Education or Ofsted.
  • We do not deal with individual worries about the day to day running of the school as that is the job of the school’s leadership team. If they cannot successfully resolve concerns then these may later come before the governors through the application of appropriate policies, for example the complaints procedure.

How do we communicate with Parents and Staff and each other between meetings?

We maintain email communication with each other, and the Chair and Clerk seek to keep Governors as well informed as possible in between meetings of the progress of strategies or other issues that may arise from time to time.

 

The minutes of Governing Body meetings are available for Parents to view in school, on request. Confidential matters involving, for example, named staff or pupils will not be included in these minutes.
We have a regular governor slot in the monthly newsletter, News on the Ninth, and also communicate with parents via the school website and blog. Occasionally a letter on a specific subject may be sent to parents. We are currently in the process of setting up a Parent Forum so that parents have an easy platform through which to express their suggestions and ideas for improvement at the school.

 

Contacting Governors

Contact with governors should be made via the Chair of Governors through the school office. Emails should be sent to admin@commonswood.herts.sch.uk. Alternatively, you can write and either post or hand in the letter to the school office, who will forward it to me. I will try to respond as soon as possible.

 

LA Governors

 

Co-Opted Governors
Jenny Burgess Tina Adamson
Julie Noakes (Chair of Governors) **Vacancy**
** Vacancy ** ** Vacancy **

 

Parent Governors
Janet Divers Chris Harrington
Chris Riley Lucy Winston

 

Staff
Gill Seymour (Headteacher) Maxine Fryer-Kelsey

 

Clerk
 Samuel Gill

About us

Julie Noakes: Chair of Governors. Julie was appointed by the full governing body as a co-opted governor and serves until May 2018. Julie serves on both full governor and the operations committee. She is also a member of various working parties. Julie serves as  governor with special responsibility for Children in Public Care, she is one of the governors who oversees the staff appraisal procedure, and the lead governor on the Parent Complaints committee. Julie has no business interests with the school.

Jenny Burgess: Jenny was appointed by the full governors as a co-opted governor and serves until May 2018. Jenny serves on both full governors and the operations committee. Jenny shares the role of inclusion governor with Janet. Jenny is also the Young Carers governor. She is also a member on various panels and working parties when required. Jenny is a member of staff but has no business interests at the school. Jenny is involved in the school’s Fox Club.

Chris Harrington: Chris was elected by parents as parent governor until October 2019. Chris serves on both full governors and is chair of the operations committee. He is a member of the pay committee, head teachers appraisal panel, and lead governor in overseeing financial related matters.  Chris shares the role of anti-bullying governor with Emma. Chris is also a member on various panels and working parties when required. Chris has no business interests at the school.

Janet Divers: Janet was elected by parents as parent governor until October 2018. Janet serves on both full governors and operations committee. She is one of the governors who oversees the staff appraisal procedure. Janet shares the inclusion governor  role with Jenny and is child protection governor with Maxine. Janet has recently joined the Pay Committee.  Janet shares the role of School Council governor representative with Darrell. She is also a member on various panels and working parties when required. Janet has no business interests at the school.

Maxine Fryer-Kelsey: Maxine was elected by staff as staff governor until April 2020. Maxine serves on both full governors and operations committee. She is the development governor and works with Janet as child protection governor. Maxine is also a member on various working parties and panels when required. Maxine has no business interests at the school.

Gill Seymour: Gill is the head teacher and serves on the full governing body. She attends the operation committee as a member. Gill meets regularly with members of the governing body in school outside set governor meetings. Gill has no business interests at the school.

Chris Riley: Chris was appointed by the governing body as parent governor until February 2021. Chris is a member of the Ops Committee and taken on the role of health and safety governor. Chris has no pecuniary or business interests with the school.

 

Contact with Governors can be made through the school office.