I am a foundation governor at the school and have 2 young children; one in Reception class and another in Year 2. I have worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for 12 years, and am currently taking a career break to raise our children.
I am a parent governor with two children at Keevil School. A professional marine engineer by vocation, I want to support the school and ultimately our children in achieving their true potential.
Reverend Rob Thomas
I am a foundation governor and Rector of Trowbridge St James' and Keevil. My earlier career was in science and technology, and in business.
I am a parent governor, with 2 children at the school.
I am a staff governor and Head teacher at the school.
I am a staff governor, SENCO and class teacher at the school
I’m an associate governor, co-opted to the Governing Body, and also have a daughter at the school. I’m an employment lawyer and run a specialist law firm which has a number of clients in the education sector. I was also a foundation governor at another primary school for several years.
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What is a Governing Body?
All schools are required to have a Governing Body (GB). School Governors work together with the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team in agreeing the aims and policies of the school, ensuring that the pupils have a full entitlement to the agreed curriculum and managing the school within its allocated budget.
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It's important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community.
There are 12 Governor positions at Keevil VA Primary school and these are chosen by parents (Parent Governors), the Diocese and church community (Foundation Governors), the school staff (Teacher and Staff Governors) and the Local Authority (LA Governors). Our team is made up of a variety of people from different backgrounds but who all share the passionate belief that Keevil School should be a happy, successful, school where every child matters and every child receives the best possible education.
The GB acts as a single, corporate body; eg, governors are not there simply to represent the interests of individuals but to help decide what is best for the School as a whole. No individual Governor has any power unless delegated by the governing body. The Governing Body as a whole is responsible for any decisions made.
What do we do as a Governing Body ?
The governing body has three key roles that it is required to fulfil:
- The strategic role involves ensuring that the school has a clear aims and a vision that is supported by the school community and enacted through clear plans and goals (for example the school development plan). In this role governors work with staff to ensure that the school has all the resources it needs, and that these are used well and in line with agreed plans.
- The ‘critical friend’ role involves monitoring and evaluating how the school is progressing towards it aims (for example introduction of the new curriculum and monitoring system). As a critical friend, governors need to ask ‘tough’ questions if necessary, but also to celebrate the many successes of the school.
- The accountability role requires governors to hold the school accountable for the standards it achieves, ensuring good quality education in the school. It also has to be accountable to parent and the wider community for the schools actions and the schools overall performance.
How do we work, and what is the commitment?
The Governors have 6 Full Governing Body meetings a year, (ie 1 per term), which you are expected to attend and participate in. The meetings generally last 1-2 hours, and are usually in the early evening. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided!
There may be other projects that you are asked to get involved with, for example to participate in ‘link’ meetings’ with senior members of staff. A ‘link’ is when a Governor develops a working relationship with a subject specialist in the school, and aims to understand that subject, and help enhance its success.
The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the school office.
Should you wish to see the minutes of Governors meetings please contact us on 01380 870376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates of Governors meeting 2015/16
All meetings start at 6pm and are held at the school.
Wednesday 16th September 2015
Wednesday 25th November 2015
Wednesday 20th January 2016
Wednesday 9th March 2016