What do we do?
A governing body works with the headteacher and the staff at the school to make sure the school provides a good quality education for all its pupils.
Governors do not need specialist skills, just an ability to listen, think through new ideas and decide what is best for the school strategically as part of a team. Governors are not expected to make day to day decisions about how the school is run, this is the job of the headteacher.
The three key roles of a governing body are to:
- Provide strategic direction for the school
- Work with the headteacher to raise standards and promote the well being of pupils
- Ensure accountability
The aim of the governing body is to help Coton CofE (VC) Primary School to provide the best possible education for its pupils and working environment for its staff. The governing body of Coton Primary School is composed of:
- The Headteacher,
- 3 Parent Governors (elected by the parents) on a 3 years term,
- 2 Foundation Governors (appointed by Ely Diocese) on a 4 years term,
- 1 Local Education Authority Governor (appointed by the LEA) on a 4 years term,
- 1 Staff Governor (elected by the school staff) on a 3 years term, and,
- 5 Co-opted Governors appointed due to their specialised skills and expertise on a 3 years term.
Governors meet formally twice a term at full governing body (FGB) meetings.
At Coton CofE (VC) Primary School, the governing body has established three committees in order to share responsibilities and provide better governance:
- Curriculum Committee,
- Safeguarding and Premises Committee,
- Finance and Personnel Committee.
Each of the committees is composed by a small group of governors and meets once or twice each term, depending on pressing matters. These committee meetings give governors the opportunity to discuss matters in detail and make considered recommendations which are put forward to the FGB for approval.
Individual governors have specific areas of responsibility such as academic subjects, finances, personnel and so on. Two governors meet with Coton Pre-school and Coton Home Club representatives once or twice every year to discuss matters of common interest. Governors also make arranged visits to school and take part in school events.
Cambridgeshire County Council provides training for new governors as well as specific refresher courses and in house training at Governing Body meetings. For information about school governors in Cambridgeshire, visit Cambridgeshire County Council website.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor, the department for education has more information.