All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
In September 2013 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring.
The governing body now consists of:
- The headteacher
- One elected staff governor
- One appointed local authority governor
- Two elected parent governors
- Seven co-opted governors
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.
The chair of governors is Mr Richard Morgan, who can be contacted via the school office or directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Johnson Fold Community Primary, we have the following committees:
- Personnel (Chair - Eleanor Blundell)
- Finance and Premises (Vinny Whitworth)
- Teaching and Learning (Oyetona Abdur- Raheem)
- Pupil Welfare and Community (Joanne Willan)
The chairs of the committees are elected at the Full Governing Body annually in the Autumn Term.