Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. You can also read the minutes from our meetings.
Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.
Our legal duties include:-
The governing body meets once or twice per term. We have an annual framework of statutory responsibilities which are covered in the meetings as well as reports from committees, any other strategic matters and key decisions required.
Committees and Areas of Responsibility
The governing body is supported by 2 committees, each which usually meets once a term. The Curriculum and Welfare Committee and the Resources Committee. Each committee has an annual plan of standing items, but the area of focus changes depending on the priorities agreed by the governing body and driven by the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
T\here is also an admissions committee for the annual admissions process and we sometimes set up committees or working groups to look at particular issues (such as pay, performance management). A small group (Headteacher, Governor responsible for Finance and the School Finance Officer) meets every month to monitor school finances between our termly governor meetings. All governors are informed about what happens at these monthly finance meetings.
Governors also have ‘portfolio’ areas of responsibility, based on their interests and experience. Individual governors meet with the member of staff responsible for the specific area to ensure effective oversight and feedback to the governing body. Some focus areas remain constant and others may change on an annual basis depending on the priority focus of the governing body. Examples include: Safeguarding, SEND and pupil premium, RE, PE, Early Years.
Categories of Governor
There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. There are foundation governors appointed to support the Christian ethos of the school. These are appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Christ Church Barnet, the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) and by Central Barnet Deanery Synod. There are also parent governors elected by the parent body; a staff governor and Local Authority governor. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.
We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.
Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.
If you would like to contact our Chair of Governors the email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us care of the School Office or email us at email@example.com
A complete list of our governors and their roles, and other important documents, can be found by clicking on the document links below.