The role of the governors is to provide challenge and support to ensure that each student has appropriate, high – quality education. We are proud of our team, made up of a variety of skilled and committed individuals, some with more specific areas of responsibility.
We meet termly as a large group but the two committees, ‘Teaching & Learning’ and ‘Resources’ meet outside of this to focus on their areas of responsibility.
Governors visit the school, both formally and informally, and this gives them a good insight into the day to day running of the establishment, as well as helping them in their role as ‘critical friends’. The School Development Plan, reviewed annually, is closely monitored by the governors.
|Mrs V Gerhold||Co-opted Chair of Governors (with oversight of Safeguarding)|
|Mrs A Ashton-Coulton||Head Teacher|
|Mrs L Fenton||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr N Marcolyn||Co-opted Governor|
|Mrs P Walden||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr R Warren||Parent Governor (with Pupil Voice interest)|
|Mrs E Digby||Staff Governor|
|Mrs T Wyse||Staff Governor|
|Mr M Keiller||LA|
|Mr L Byrne||Parent Governor|
The 2017 Governors’ Handbook, published by the Department for Education, states that school governing bodies ‘are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
The structure and remit of the governing body and its committees
Governors come from all walks of life and play a vital role in shaping the school and ensuring educational standards are met.
The Governing Body of Woodfield School consists of
- 4 Co-opted governors
- 1 Governor appointed by the Local Authority
- 2 Elected parent governors
- 1 Head teacher governor
- 1 Elected staff governor
In addition, the Governing Body is able to appoint Associate members. This constitution is laid down in the Instrument of Government for Woodfield School which came into effect on 23 March 2015 when the Governing Body was reconstituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) regulations 2012.
The Governing Body of Woodfield School meets as a Full Governing Body and committees to deliver the three core strategic functions of school governors:-
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.
The Governing Body delegates some of its work to committees, through terms of reference which are reviewed and agreed annually by the Full Governing Body. The membership of these committees is also agreed annually by the Full Governing Body. The key committees are:-
- Resources Committee (which is principally concerned with function iii)
- Teaching and Learning Committee (which is principally concerned with function ii)
Terms of reference and membership of these committees are available from Tessa Jones, the Clerk to the Governing Body via the school office.
During 2016/17 the following meetings have been held:-
|Name of body||Number of meetings held in 2016-17|
|Full Governing Body||Four|
|Teaching and Learning Committee||Three|
In addition formal meetings have been held of the statutory committees (Head teacher’s performance appraisal and Pay) to enable governors to carry out their statutory duties in these areas.
Governors also regularly visit Woodfield School to monitor key aspects of the school’s development and provide support and challenge to the school.
If you wish to have a hard copy of the above document, the office will be able to do this for you.