Governors, Staff, Parents and Children work as a team building on success in a happy, creative environment. Our village school has always had a strong family ethos and every individual, who is part of our school, is important and valued.
Our team of Governors provide support in a number of ways to achieve the schools vision of inspiring children with a thirst for knowledge, confidence and independence through excellent teaching. Together with the Headteacher we set the school's aims and policies, and make decisions on how to spend the budget.
From 2016, our Governing Body are also developing “strategic themes” for the school based around Academic Excellence, Community Presence, Christian Ethos and High Performance Staff. These form the schools core values and help us deliver our vision.
The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and she works in partnership with the Governors in delivering our aims and core values.
The Full Governing Body meet once a term and the sub committees, Curriculum and Standards, Management & Resources and Finance, also meet once a term. Minutes of recent meetings are available from the school office. I meet with our Head Teacher informally at least once a fortnight to discuss any current topics and to maintain a constant flow of information and support between the Staff and Governing Body.
Our Governors come from all sections of the community: parents, staff at the school, the world of business, representatives of local councils and our village church.
Chair of Governors
Our Governing Body
We currently have 10 Governors at the school who perform the roles below:
Foundation Governors - appointed by the Diocese
- Mr. Anthony Todd (Chair of Governors and Chair of the Management and Resources Committee) (appointed: 12/05/2014)
- Rev Nicola Lenthall (appointed: 18/03/2008 and also a Governor at Studham Church of England school)
- Mrs. Elaine Dicocco (Interim Headteacher)
- Miss Hayley Hughes (Reception Class Teacher) (appointed 24/10/2016)
Parent Governors - elected by Parents
- Mr. Jonathan Colls (Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Curriculum and Standards, nominated Safeguarding Governor and father of Joshua in Hornbeam Class) (appointed: 03/05/2014)
- Mrs Ruth Lee (mother of Finbar in Oak Class, Cillian in Cherry Class) (appointed 03/10/2016)
Local Authority Governor
- Mrs. Polly Frazer (appointed: 01/09/2013)
- Mrs Tracey Robson (Chair of Finance Committee) (appointed 24/10/2016)
- Mrs Deirdre Brook (appointed: 01/09/2014)
- Mr Philip Woods (Representative from Kensworth Parish Council) (appointed: 01/09/2014)
Our Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Julie Fox.
None of the school governors have declared any pecuniary interests in their role as school governor.
The role of a School Governor
For more information on the role of a school governor, see below:
There are three main roles:
1. The Strategic Role
- Ensures the school has clear aims and values
- Focuses on raising standards of achievement
- Helps make decisions on the direction of the school through the school development planning process
- Ensures the school's resources are directed to its priorities
- Ensures policies are in place and are reviewed when necessary
2. The Critical Friend
- Recognises and celebrates the achievements of the school
- Knows where the school is not achieving as well as it could
- Provides support and encouragement when strategies to bring out improvement are being explored
- Strikes and appropriate balance between support and challenge
3. The Accountability Role
- Governors must be prepared to account for the school's performance and to explain its decisions and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest
Governing Body Attendance details
As advised by the DfE we publish our attendance details to our meetings. Below are the details for the last academic year (2015/2016)
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