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Governors

OUR GOVERNING  BODY

We are part of the Federation of Heavers Farm and Selsdon Primary Schools. A Federation that has been in place since 2014. As a Federation, we have one governing body.

We meet as a governing body at least once a term. We also have two committees which also meet once a term; the Quality of Education Committee and the Resources Committee. Governors sit on at least one committee each year. For the list of who sits on what committee, please see the list below.

Our Governance Manager is Liz Parry. She is responsible for the leadership, organisation, administration and clerking arrangements for our governing body.

Here is a leaflet explaining what our governing body do: What Governors Do

The Governing Body is composed as follows:

Total Number of governors is 13. This is confirmed in our Instrument of Government dated 19th January 2016. The Head of School from each school also sit as an observer at governing body meetings.

HOW TO CONTACT THE GOVERNING BODY

If you need to contact the Governance Manager, the Chair or Vice Chair you can reach them by:

Telephone: 020 8653 5434 and speak to any of the office staff. Please give them your name, and telephone number and an indication of the best time to contact you. They will pass your message on to the relevant person.

Email to federationgovernancemanager@gmail.com with ‘Governor Enquiry’ in the subject line.

Post please address your letter to the relevant person:

c/o Heavers Farm Primary School

58 Dinsdale Gardens

London SE25 6LT

OUR GOVERNORS

 Attendance figures are based on the academic year 2020/21.

GRAHAM CLUER: CHAIR OF GOVERNOR

NIGEL COLLINS

HARRY CAMBRIDGE

KATIE WALTON

TANYA DENNIS

LUCY FREESTON

AYESHA MARRETT

SUSAN PAPAS

JOANNA READ

HILARY SMITH

EVERTON STEWART

ALAN TIGG

APRAJITA TRIPATHI

HUGO FEITOR

ROBERT ASKEY

LIZ PARRY

MINUTES OF FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS

Hard copies of the minutes are also available from either school office.

What do governors do?

We have taken some of the following information from the National Governors Association (NGA).

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  At Selsdon Primary the site is owned by the governing body as they are a Foundation School. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Executive Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Executive Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Who can become a governor?

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are different types of school with different categories of governor.

The types of state schools in England are:

  • community
  • voluntary controlled
  • voluntary aided
  • foundation
  • trust – a type of foundation school
  • academies, free Schools & City Technology Colleges (CTCs) – independent state funded schools

There are also different categories of governor:

  • parent
  • staff
  • foundation
  • partnership
  • local authority
  • co-opted

The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body.

 

 

More Information on school governors

For more information on what school governors do and for information on how to become a school governor there are excellent resources here:

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