Welcome to the St Helen’s Primary School Governors page.
The Governing Body of St Helen’s School is made up of a range of people from many different backgrounds, including representatives from the Local Authority, St Helen’s Church (known as Foundation Governors), the Local Community, Parents and Staff. All Governors are volunteers and we offer our time, skills and experience to help run the School. Although as Governors we receive some training from the Local Authority, we are lay people, not experts and our role is to act as a critical or questioning friend.
Working as an efficient and effective team within a Christian, caring environment, we aim to achieve a standard of excellence appropriate to each individual, enriching, encouraging and equipping each child for their future education.
What the Governing Body does
The role of the Governing Body is to work with the Head Teacher and Staff to offer all children at St Helen’s the best educational opportunities possible. Our main task is in the area of school improvement – in practice, we continually try to make the school the best it can be. Running the school on a daily basis is the responsibility of the Head and Staff – the Governing Body is responsible for:
- managing the school’s budget
- ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
- reporting on the standards being achieved
- the appointment of senior staff and
- developing and maintaining a strategic vision for the school that reflects our distinctive Christian character and values.
Following on from an inspection by Ofsted, Governors have to draw up an action plan for the school in response to the inspection report.
Meet the Governing Body
Back Row (from left) Andy Spens, Zoe Clark, Tracey Holford, Joanne Chambers, Kate Masters, Kevin Hunt, David Moss & Neil Martin.
Middle Row (from left) Laura Derham, Christine Casey & Diane Ponting.
Front Row (from left) Anne Straw, Julia Macgregor, Andy Smith, Ann Lloyd, Holly Kitching & Jim McLaren
Ian Barnett (not in photograph)
Click on the link below to hear from our Governing Body:
How the Governing Body works
Governors meet as a Full Governing Body six times in an academic year. We also meet in smaller sub-committees:
- Curriculum & Standards
- Finance & Staffing
- Pay Committee
Business is conducted through meetings where we make decisions collectively as a team. Our role is strategic, while the Head, with whom we work closely, has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school. Meetings take place early in the evening – around 6.30pm – and can involve a lot of paperwork so it helps to have read what we can in advance. Meetings of the Full Governing Body are scheduled for:
- Wednesday 16th September 2020
- Wednesday 25th November 2020 – Extraordinary FGB
- Wednesday 2nd December 2020
- Further dates for the FGB to follow
The Minutes of previous meetings can be accessed by clicking the links below:
FGB minutes to be updated shortly
We also have either an individual or a small group of governors who take the lead in monitoring many areas of the school, pay and performance management, special educational needs, safety and safeguarding all the way through to a food focus group!
As well as meeting together regularly as a Governing Body, Governors like to come and visit the school and be involved in school life. We particularly enjoy attending events like concerts, sporting events, festivals and Church Services where we can celebrate the achievements of the children as well as sharing in significant moments in the life of the school. Above all, we hope to support the staff of the school in creating a safe, happy and pleasant environment in which to learn and play together.
Becoming a Governor
- Foundation Governors are nominated by St Helen’s Church in consultation with the Diocese of Bristol.
- Parent Governors are elected by parents for a fixed term of 4 years. Parents are advised in writing when a vacancy for a Parent Governor arises. This could be because a Governor completes their term of office or because they stand down. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process for nominations and any election are provided at the time.
- Local Authority Governors (L.A. Governors) are nominated by Local Councillors.
- Staff Governors are members of the School staff who are elected by the staffing body (both teaching and non-teaching).
- Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests or to bring specific skills to the Governing Body
Click on the links below to see our current Governing Body, Statutory Information, Register of Interests and Parent letter:
Register of business interests to be added
If you would like to contact us please email St Helen’s Primary Governing Body at firstname.lastname@example.org