Your School Governors
Welcome to the page of the All Saints’ school governors. We hope we can give you some insight into what we do. We publish our meeting minutes here so that you can see them. We also publish information about what we are doing in the School Newsletter. Further information can be found at the links below.
Please do look through all the information, and if you have any questions or suggestions, or wish to contact a member of the Governing Body please email the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Governing Body at All Saints’ Maldon CofE Primary School
The Governing Body determines the membership and proceedings of all committees. Committees are those which are set up with delegated functions.
In 2016 the Governing Body implemented a new Governance structure that removed the 3 main committees (Curriculum, Finance and Premises and Pay and Personnel) and moved to a single monthly full governing body meeting. The main reasons for this were:
- Faster Decision making process
- All Governors being more informed
- Closer Governor working relationships
- Shorter and more focussed meetings
Additional to this, the following committees have been agreed by the Governing Body and shall meet as and when required,
- Staff Discipline/Dismissal Committee
- Staff Discipline /Dismissals Appeals Committee
- Pupil Discipline Committee
- Headteachers’ Pay Committee
- Pay Threshold Applications Committee
- Pay Appeals Committee
- Grievance Committee
- Grievance Appeals Committee
General Information about School Governors
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country! They have an important part to play in raising school standards. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing body.
What do governors do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
Who can become a governor?
Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. At All Saints’ we have a range of governors, including: parents/carers, staff, LEA, foundation and governors from the local community. To see a full list of who the current governors are, look at the Governors page in the “About Us” menu above.