An Introduction to the Governing Body
The Governing Body of Woodfield Infant School represents interested parties such as parents, staff, the local authority and the wider community. We meet regularly each term. We also have special committees to deal with finance, personnel, policy and curriculum issues, which meet regularly. The governors are volunteers with various careers and life experiences who bring with them different ideas and perspectives. Although everyone is different they all have one common aim at heart, to provide a high quality education for the children of the school.
The governing body consists of 12 governors who are either appointed or elected. The governing body consists of eleven volunteers, each elected for a four year term, plus the headteacher:
Parent governors (2) Elected representative from parents / guardians. Their role is to be an advocate of parents, although they vote independently representing the best interests of children and the school as a whole.
Authority governor (1) Shropshire Council nominate a representative from the community who is able to liaise with the Council and the community (previously known as a Local Education Authority (LEA) governor).
Co-opted governor (7) The governors appoint individuals who they feel will bring additional experience to the governing body (previously known as Community Governors).
Staff governor (1) Elected representative from staff at the school.
As governors, we are accountable for many actions and certain responsibilities are mandated by law. Our key roles include:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
The governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
- Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies,
- Making sure the school is are welcoming and safe,
- Forming policy on the school's curriculum,
- Monitoring the progresses in teaching and learning within the school,
- The appointing of staff.
Each year, the school selects priorities to continue to develop the provision offered by the school. Mrs. Rutherford analyse the children’s assessment information and see which areas of the curriculum have been successful in the year. This is always a cause for celebration for the governors as we appreciate very much the hard work that the staff put in to bring about such improvements in the school. However, Woodfield is a school which is constantly seeking to improve and therefore, each year, the staff work together to identify areas to develop within the school. These then form the basis of the School Development Plan, which outlines what will happen during the year to bring about further improvement in each area. Each term, the governors monitor this plan to see what has happened in each area and what the impact of the actions has been.
The non-staff governors also volunteer as ‘Link Governors’. These governors work with a particular member of staff who is responsible for a subject or area of the curriculum. Their aim is to reach the targets set out in the School Development Plan and report back to the Governing Body. As the Link Governor becomes more familiar with a particular subject they can take into consideration decisions made about budgets etc which may have implications for the future development of that area.
The Governing Body has delegated certain powers to a number of smaller committees such as the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee also meets once during a term to decide on how the money the school receives will be spent, to discuss and adopt the school budget as well as to monitor expenditure against the budget. When these smaller committees meet there is always a Chair person and a Clerk who takes minutes of the discussions and decisions made. Any major decisions are discussed and taken back to the full Governing Body meeting for approval.
Other smaller committees meet either annually, for example the Performance Management Committee, or when action on a specific issue is required.
The Governing Body believes that all children deserve the best start to their educational life and we are constantly looking at new ways to improve the education the school provides.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the governors, or are interested in becoming a school governor, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Chair of Governors