Governors & Trustees
‘Governance is strong.’ OFSTED – Nov 17
Governors come from a variety of different backgrounds, reflecting the many interest groups in our school, but they have one important thing in common. They are dedicated to ensuring that the children in the school have the best education possible. This is the primary focus of all governors.
A school’s governing body comprises of Parent Governors, Staff Governors and Co-opted Governors. The full governing body usually meets three times a year, with additional meetings called when necessary.
Becoming a Parent Governor is open to all parents or carers of children within the school. When a vacancy arises elections are held to select a new governor, who would hold office for four years. Induction training, for new governors, is essential. Additional training to gain specific knowledge and skills is also available, at no charge.
Wentworth Primary School governors have a wide range of experience, knowledge and competences working effectively as a team making corporate decisions.
Although the work of the governing body is voluntary, it has many responsibilities but in general, it is there to set the policy framework for the school and to monitor the implementation as managed and carried out by the Headteacher and staff. They play a strategic role in the leadership and management of the school. They delegate organisational responsibilities to the school leadership team. This is made up of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Governors hold formal full board meetings three times a year and an Annual General Meeting with the Members. In addition, governors have sub-committees that monitor school planning, process and performance in curriculum, personnel, finance and premises.
Governors involve themselves wherever possible in all aspects of school life. They visit the school formally and informally, supporting children’s learning and working collaboratively with all staff, to enrich the opportunities that we provide.
As the governors and strategic managers of the school, they keep themselves informed of government initiatives and their implications for the school. The close practical working arrangements developed between governors and the leadership team are essential in maintaining Wentworth as a highly achieving school that we can all be proud of.
Address for correspondence for Chair of Governors:
Mrs. V. Churchill
Wentworth Primary School