What do the Governors do?
All schools in England have a Governing Body, which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. Governors give their time voluntarily and are committed to the success of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, and 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 responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with particular areas including staffing, curriculum, school buildings and school finances. It ensures that the school functions well and maintains the correct range of academic and social objectives.
The Governing Body is answerable to both parents and the local community. We aim to have the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, an effective chair and active succession planning.
We meet 6 times a year (twice each term) to report on and discuss all key aspects of the school.
Our Governing Body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
1.Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
We are responsible for:
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, as well as the performance management of staff
We are responsible for ensuring school improvement by:
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money is well spent.
We have a duty to:
If you would like to contact the Governing Body, please address your letter to the Chair of Governors, c/o Hever Primary School, Hever, Kent, TN8 7NH
For more information on the role of Governors, please visit: www.rbwm.gov.uk