What do governors do?
Governors are essential to the work of the school and are legally responsible for it. They are not; however, involved in the day to day running of the school which is managed by the Senior Leadership Team. This leaves governors free to focus on their core functions of:
ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- holding the Headteacher to account for the education performance of the school and its pupils and the management of staff
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Governors act as a sounding board for issues being reviewed within the school and work with the senior leaders to raise standards of achievement. They approve the school budget and appoint the Headteacher. They work as a team and make collective decisions, abiding by an agreed code of conduct. As you would expect they need to gain an understanding of the school and its overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. This is done by attending regular meetings and carrying out school visits. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of the role. More information about the role of governors can be found here.
The Governing body at Carden Primary School
The governing body reconstituted in March 2015 and the number of governors on their instrument of government is now set at 12. This twelve is made up of different categories of governors. There are 7 Co-opted governors, 1 Headteacher staff governor, 1 staff governor, 1 Local Authority governor and 2 parent governors. The term of office for each governor (other than Headteacher) is for four years, although being a voluntary position, governors may resign at any time.
The Structure of the Governing Body
The majority of the work of the governing body is delegated to committees and at Carden Primary there are three:
- Health Safety and Welfare Committee
- Development and Resources Committee
- Curriculum Learning and Achievement Committee
The latest terms of reference showing the work covered by each committee may be viewed by clicking on the relevant committee.
The full governing body meet at least once a term as do each committee. The minutes from each meeting, showing who attended and what went on, will be posted in this section when they have been agreed at the next meeting. Just click on the date. Non-confidential agenda papers may also be available to view. Please refer enquiries to the Clerk of Governors via the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Governing Body: 12th September 2017 12th December 2017 13th March 2018 18th July 2018
Development and Resources 4th October 2017 16th January 2018 8th May 2018
Curriculum Learning and Achievement 31st October 2017
Health Safety and Welfare 7th November 2017 22nd February 2018 16th May 2018
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||SummerTerm|
|Full Governing Body||
23rd March 2017 (Confidential) attended
by SB, JH, JN, HLH, PSD,PS
|26th June 2017|
|Curriculum Learning and Achievement||17th November 2016||n/a||n/a|
|Development and Resources||15th November 2016||9th February17||4th May 2017|
|Health Safety and Welfare||11th October 2016||28th February17||9th May 2017|
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|Full Governing Body||24th March 2016||7th July 2016|
|Curriculum Learning and Achievement||10th December 2015||17th March 2016||27th June 2016|
|Development and Resources||16th November 2015||11th February 2016||
|Health Safety and Welfare||23rd November 2015||23rd February 2016|
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|Full Governing Body||26th March 2015|
|Curriculum Learning and Achievement||6th November 2014||17th March 2015||23rd June 2015|
|Development and Resources||12th February 2015||7th May 2015|
|Health Safety and Welfare||25th November 2014||5th February 2015||-|
Governors - current and in the last 12 months
|Name||Category||Term of Office||Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership|
|Helen Longton-Howorth||Staff Headteacher||2.9.14 to -||
|Kevin Cunningham||Co-opted||10.12.15 - 9.12.19||
|Daniel Holmes||Co-opted||10.12.15 - 9.12.19||
|Samantha Beal||Co-opted||19.01.17-18.01.21||To be allotted|
|John Hull||Co-opted||26.3.15-25.3.19||• Health Safety and Welfare Committee Vice Chair|
|Jeff Nixon||Local Authority||
13.10.13 - 12.10.17
|Amanda Mortensen||Co-opted||12.9.17 - 11.9.21||
|Peter Sandeman.||Parent||31.1.14-31.1.18||• Development and Resources Committee Chair|
• Development and Resources Committee Vice Chair
|Karen Willbridge||Staff||21.10.16 - 20.10.20||To be allotted|
Retirees or Stepped down in last year
|26.3.15 - 12.9.16||
How are governors appointed?
The majority of governors are now in the 'co-opted' category. When vacancies arise, new governors can be appointed by the Governing Body as co-opted governors based on the skills they offer. Co-opted governors can come from the general public and may include those eligible to stand for other categories, although there is a limit on the numbers that can be drawn from the staffing body. At present the governors would be particularly interested in applicants who either self-identify with the BME community, have experience in the building industry or who might aspire to become a Chair of Governors. Training is provided. An application form is available here which should be completed along with a skills form here and returned to the Clerk to the Governors at email@example.com who would be happy to answer any queries.
The staff governor is elected from and by the staffing body.
Parent governors are elected from and by the parent/carer body.
The Local Authority governor is chosen then appointed by the governing body from candidates put forward by the Local Authority.
The Headteacher decides whether to take up the Headteacher staff governor position.
All governors need to meet certain eligibility criteria and confirm annually that these continue to be met.
Register of Interests
Governors declare any pecuniary or other interest, which includes membership of other governing bodies, at the time of application or appointment, annually and at each meeting. Should the governing body consider there would be a conflict of interest that governor withdraws from that part of the meeting and does not vote on that item. The register of interests is reviewed at least annually and is published here.