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Role of the Governing Board

The Governing Board is the School’s accountable body.  It is responsible for the conduct of the School and for promoting high standards.  The Governing Board aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The main functions of the Governing Board

 

To set the strategic direction of the School by:

 

  • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the School
  • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Setting statutory targets
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure

 

To challenge and support the School by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

 

  • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
  • Progress towards targets
  • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
  • The budget and the staffing structure

 

To ensure accountability by:

 

  • Signing off the school’s own self-evaluation report after constructive review and challenge
  • Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school
  • Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
  • Making available information to the community

 

To appoint and performance manage the Headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing board.

 

For governing board to carry out their role effectively, governors must be:

 

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously;
  • Acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals;
  • Supported by the appropriate authorities in that task; and
  • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance.

 

The role of a governor

 

In law the governing board is a corporate body, which means:

 

  • no governor can act on her/his own without proper authority from the full governing board;
  • all governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and
  • although appointed through different routes (i.e. parents, staff, Local Authority community, foundation), the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.

 

Vacancies on the Governing Board occur from time to time. Any parent interested in serving as a Governor is encouraged to put themselves forward for election at the suitable time. If you would like to discuss the role ahead of putting your name forward please contact Lesley Hamerton, clerk to the Governors, in the first instance.

 

Governor Impact Statement 2022-2023

 

‘Be happy and love learning, confident in our faith. Do everything in love’ 

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

 

Archdeacon Cambridge’s is a welcoming and inclusive Church of England Primary school with close links to Holy Trinity Church, Twickenham. We place children at the centre of their learning. We recognise individuals’ potential in all aspects of school life, enabling the development of the whole child. Each child is valued for who they are.

The core functions of a Governing Board are:

 

  1. Ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

  3. Ensuring financial resources are well spent.

  4. Ensuring the voices of all stake holders are heard.

 

The Governing Board and sub committees have a well-planned schedule of meetings and additional meeting are arranged if needed. The board is divided into the following sub committees:

 

The Quality of Education Committee oversees pupil achievement and the quality of teaching, ensuring the school provides a high-quality learning experience and delivers a broad and balanced curriculum.

The Pay and Personnel Committee considers all personnel issues within the whole school community.

The Resources Management Committee oversees financial (resources management), premises and health and safety related issues.

The Admissions, Pastoral and Personal Development Committee reviews the school’s admissions arrangements and oversees the implementation of policies in respect of pupil personal development and wellbeing, including Child Protection, Safeguarding and Equality.

 

There are also named linked governors for: Safeguarding; Premises, Health and Safety; Children Looked After; SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities); Inclusion; Equalities; Literacy; Numeracy; RE; RSE (Relationships & Sex Education); PPG (Pupil Premium Grant); Behaviour & Attendance; Curriculum Standards; PE Funding and GDPR.

 

Governors have supported and monitored the 2022-23 whole school priorities:

  1. Pupil, staff and family wellbeing (including safeguarding)

  2. Ensuring the curriculum is broad, balanced, and challenging, through Quality First Teaching

  3. Specific focus on writing

  4. Continued focus on religious education

 

In addition, governors have:

Supported the Head Teacher and staff through the OFSTED inspection in March 2023.

Attended scheduled meetings. These are both online and in school e.g. full Governing Board meetings, SIP (School Improvement Partner) visits, health and safety walks.

Sought feedback through staff and pupil communication to ensure adults and children in school felt supported and safe. Mental Health lead presented to the full Governing Board.

Supported the continued work to ensure pupils and families of all heritages are represented, included and listened to in school life.

Ensured close links with Holy Trinity Church and sought advice from the school advisor from the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS).

Analysed the school's achievement, progress, attendance, behaviour, wellbeing and quality of teaching through in-depth work in committees and the headteacher's termly report to governors.

Met regularly with our SIP from AfC (Achieving for Children), including joining feedback sessions during termly monitoring visits. Sought feedback on the standards at Archdeacon compared to similar schools and guidance as to priorities for development and focus.

Asked robust questions of the headteacher, senior and middle leadership teams.

Maintained a strong focus on disadvantaged pupil groups and those with special educational needs through regular updates by the linked governors.

Ensured a trained governor took part in all teaching staff recruitment panels.

Carried out robust financial planning and supported revenue generation where possible (a Marketing sub-committee is being created).

Contributed to the joint letter send by Chairs of Governors across schools in Richmond and Kingston to the Department of Education, raising awareness and concerns about inadequate school funding.

Overseen the School Maintenance Fund.

Chair and Vice Chair attend online AfC Director’s Termly Briefings, and Chair attends local ‘Chair’s Virtual Network Meetings’ as well as termly ‘Chair of Governor’s Round Table’ meetings with Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham.

Been visible to pupils, parents and carers e.g. at PTA meetings, Praying Parents, Christmas performances, year group assemblies, year 6 final assembly, School Council, Summer Fair.

Reviewed school policies and ensured all statutory duties are being met.

Ensured that our Governing Board has the necessary skills through participation in regular governor CPD including annual Safeguarding Training.

Participated in the annual Safeguarding audit.

Discussed and celebrated extra-curricular school activities e.g. Arts Richmond Young Writer’s Festival, primary Maths challenge, school trips, year 5 & 6 residentials.

Continued to monitor Vital Play (The Nest, Study Zone) and the Green Room (Breakfast Club at Holy Trinity) - through the lens of contribution, satisfaction and support.

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