According to the Department for Education, the purpose of our governing body is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. We have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Governing bodies can choose how to fulfil these functions. At present St Paul’s Walden School governing body uses a sub-committee model with individual governors also linked to particular elements of the school’s work and priorities. There are several different types of governor – Parent, Staff, Co-opted, Local Authority, Associate – all of whom bring different experience and skills to the role. Governors volunteer for different committees to either contribute to that committee or to learn from it, or ideally both.
As a minimum, new governors should attend Induction, Safeguarding and GDPR Training as soon as possible. This training can be undertaken in person or on-line, as we subscribe to both services offered by Herts for Learning. Once in the role, governors can continue to improve their skills and knowledge by taking advantage of the wealth of training available, to the benefit of both the school and the governing body. The school's new motto of 'Growing and Learning Together' applies to us too.
Each September, at our ‘Business’ meeting, we agree our roles and timetable for the year ahead. All governors should then attend the full governing body (FGB) meetings which take place once a term. In addition, we all meet for a whole Governors’ Day towards the end of the Spring term, so that we can review the school’s progress and set new strategic priorities in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) for the next year.
Our two main subcommittees are Standards and Resources. Governors can choose to join one of both of the sub-committees. Standards sub-committee usually meets once a term and deals with the academic and curricular elements of the school. The Resources sub-committee meets slightly more often as it monitors finances and sets the school’s budget, in addition to overseeing the maintenance and improvement of the school’s building and grounds. The terms of reference of these sub-committees are agreed in detail in the autumn meetings. We sometimes have extra working parties, depending on the school’s priorities, to focus on issues such as extra data analysis or communication.
Governors also take on individual roles for areas such as Safeguarding, GDPR, SEND, Early Years, Health & Safety and Finance. We visit the school to monitor these areas, ensuring we are meeting our statutory duties. Governors also need to visit the school in order to monitor progress against priorities in the SIP. Governors report back their findings to the next FGB.
We also need governors to be available for rare but important school functions, such as Recruitment, Complaints or Appeals panels, meeting our school’s Herts Improvement Partner (HIP) and supervising SATs administration.
All of these meetings and visits require governors to do research and reading ahead of the day, so that we can work as efficiently as possible when we get together as a group. We try to spread the workload throughout the year and use GovernorHub to facilitate the sharing of information.
As you can see, our governors work hard to support the school. If you are interested in joining the governing body, look out for the next time a parent governor vacancy comes up. The school will inform the parents that there is a vacancy, and invite those interested to apply. A governor's term is four years, but the time flies by!
|CATEGORY||COMMITTEE||SPECIFIC GOVERNOR ROLE||TERMS STARTS & ENDS|
|Mrs Nancy Adshead Headteacher||HT||Standards & Resources||GDPR/English||31/8/18|
|Mr Paul Dawes Vice-Chair||Parent||Standards & Resources||Curriculum/GDPR||4/11/15 -3/11/19|
|Mr David Rowsell||Parent||Resources||H&S||11/02/16 - 10/2/20|
|Mrs Jo Roberts||Parent||Resources||Behaviour/Finance||20/1/17 - 19/1/21|
|Mrs Vicky Walrond||Parent||Resources||25/9/17 - 24/9/21|
|Mr Jonathan Bailes||Staff||Standards||11/3/19 - 10/3/23|
|Mrs Sue Carter||Co-opted||Standards||Curriculum||4/11/15 - 3/11/19|
|Anne Reid Chair||Co-opted||Standards & Resources||SEN/CP||2/4/19 - 1/4/23|
|Dr Asha Herbert||Local Authority||Standards||Behaviour||18/6/19 - 17/6/23|
Our governing body has adopted the National Governance Association's Code of Conduct. Each year, all our governors declare any relevant business interests, conflicts of interest or governance positions at other schools etc (None at present)
|FGB Minutes 29:11:18.pdf||Download|
|FGB Minutes 4:4:19.pdf||Download|
|GB Minutes 11 September 2018.pdf||Download|
|Governors' Day Minutes 25:4:19.pdf||Download|
|Resources minutes 12:2:19.pdf||Download|
|Resources minutes 19:3:19.pdf||Download|
|Resources minutes 7:5:19.pdf||Download|
|Standards minutes 23:5:19.pdf||Download|
|Standards minutes 6:2:19.pdf||Download|