Welcome to the Governors section of our school website. We thought you might like to know a little bit about us, our role and responsibilities.
The Governing Body (GB), together with the Headteacher, staff and Local Authority is responsible for the school. The GB must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves. It must ensure that all resources, including the school budget and staff, are properly used to meet the needs of all students and provide value for money. It works to both support and challenge the school.
The GB appoints the Headteacher and delegates the responsibility for the day to day running of the school to the Headteacher. Individual governors have no power as such and cannot act or speak on behalf of the GB unless power has been delegated to.
What qualifications are needed?
No formal qualifications are required, just a desire to put experience and life skills to good use. Governors are people with an interest in education and a belief in working together to improve the outcomes for our students. They are people who have a few hours to spare each month, and enjoy being part of a team.
Who are the Governors?
The GB is made up of four groups who represent the ‘stakeholders’ of the school: staff, parents, the local community and the Local Authority. This range of people is intended to provide a broad and balanced selection of viewpoints and to represent each sector of the school’s society. No governor is a ‘delegate’ for their group. The term of office for each type of Governor varies and they can be re-elected for further terms.
The Structure of the Governing Body
The Full Governing Body have adopted the circle model; meeting every term.
Totalling six meetings a year.
What about training?
New governors are given a full induction pack about their role and are invited to attend an induction training course run by Kent County Council Governor Support department. Further training is available locally to fit in with specific roles of governors.
It seems like an awful lot of work – why do it?
Most people find it very rewarding to be part of the school team, working in partnership with staff and the local community to secure the best possible education for the children at Northfleet Nursery. All new governors are given a warm welcome and soon find themselves playing an important role in the life of our school. Vacancies for parent governors are advertised on the school website and letters home.
For more information or if you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact Miss Opong, Clerk to the Governors (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to the Headteacher.
Useful links for more information
Please note that for the protection of our pupils all governor appointments are subject to a vetting process and identity check using the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
Should you have any safeguarding questions, please speak to Mrs Susan Munday our Safeguarding Governor via email - email@example.com