Welcome to Fern Hill Primary School Governing Body
Purpose and Role of the Governing Body
The purpose of our Governing Body is to help Fern Hill provide the best possible education for its pupils. We have three key functions:
To bring strategic direction. This includes developing the vision for the school and setting the school development plan and monitoring its implementation.
To support and challenge the Headteacher and Senior Leaders and to hold them to account for the children’s educational performance and the quality of teaching in the school.
To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well-spent
The Governing Body is made up of twelve full members each of whom is appointed for a four year term, after which time they may seek re-election.
Full members are drawn from four areas of the school community:
Parents of current pupils
Staff – the Headteacher, teachers and support staff
Local Authority –appointed by the Local Authority
Co-opted – members co-opted for their useful skills.
In addition, there are three Associate Members who attend meetings but are not entitled to vote. These currently include the Deputy Headteachers and School Business Manager.
Our current Chair of Governors is Susan Dean.
It is important to note that, although these members are representative of the school community, they are not intended to represent the views of the particular community from which they are drawn. Once elected or appointed, members should always act in what they consider to be the best interests of the school.
Governors must also accept collective responsibility for all decisions taken, regardless of whether they personally voted for them and ensure that the detail of discussions in meetings, including the votes of individual governors, remain confidential. This latter point is crucial for ensuring mutual trust, which is essential for effective school governance.
Meetings of the Governing Body and its Committees
The Full Governing Body meets four times per academic year. Parents and staff are welcome to approach the Chair to ask for an invitation to attend meetings as an observer, except where confidential matters are to be discussed.
Much of the work of the Governing Body is done through its two Committees, which meet at least once per term ahead of the main Governing Body meetings. Each governor sits on at least one of these committees. They are:
- Teaching, Learning & Children Committee – which sets and monitors targets for educational achievement and deals with communication with, and accountability to, the members of the school community.
- Finance, Resources & Premises Committee – this oversees the efficient and effective use of all the school’s resources, including staff, finance, premises and equipment.
If you would like to view the minutes from a Governor Committee meeting please visit the school office to request a copy. Minutes from the Full Governing Body meetings are available to view here.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the Governing Body, please contact the Chair of Governors, Susan Dean, via the school office. Anyone seeking election to the Governing Body may arrange to attend a meeting before election to enable an informed decision about involvement in school governance.
Questions or concerns regarding the running of the school should, in the first instance, be addressed to a member of Fern Hill staff or its Senior Leadership Team (Adam Scott, Rachael Crook, Sam Stephenson, Anna Davies and Lorraine Figueiredo). Should any issue be unresolved via this route or is one you would prefer not to discuss with a member of staff, you may contact a governor by leaving a message at the school office.