The Governors of the school are a representative group of people who are appointed to be responsible for various aspects of the school; these have included overseeing the financial administration of the school, curriculum issues, personnel and sites and buildings. Their work is conducted through twice termly main meetings, sub committees and occasional working parties. The Head Teacher of the school presents frequent written reports and strives to ensure that Governors are kept fully informed of the school work, changes in educational practice and the law, in order that they can effectively carry out their responsibilities.
The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Church (Foundation governors), the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LEA governors), parents (Parent Governors), staff (Staff Governors) and the community (Co-opted Governors).
Foundation governors are elected by the Parochial Church Council from its electoral roll; LEA governors are appointed by LBWF (in some cases from political party nominations); Parent governors are elected by ballots of parents of children at the school; Staff Governors volunteer and are elected by their colleagues and Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Bodies.
Each Governor joins a Sub Committee which meets regularly and reports to the Governing Body. The sub committees carry out the majority of the work of the Governing Body. They have specific functions and report on a regular basis to the main Governing Body. Each committee has Terms of Reference, which set out the responsibilities and the amount of decision-making authority they hold.
In addition individual Governors have responsibility for developing their expertise and understanding of the role of particular issues in school. There are named Governors with responsibility for:
Each governor is ‘linked’ with a class, which they are encouraged to visit and follow as it moves up the year groups. This helps to give governors a ‘face’ in the school, to see teaching first hand and to build a relationship with the children.
School governors provide support and direction to our school and bring together views from the Parish Church, school staff, parents, the Local Authority and the local community. In full governing body meetings each half-term and working committees each term covering personnel, curriculum, premises or finance, 12 governors consider all matters affecting our school. These range from government legislation or local authority initiatives, development and review of school policies, maintenance or improvement of our buildings, to budget monitoring and staffing. Together with formal responsibilities, non-staff governors are also ‘linked’ to individual classes, to take a specific interest in those children as they progress through the school.