Introduction from Chair of Governors
Welcome to our governance area for Christchurch Infants School, my name is Chris Green and I am the chair of governors.
The governing body has 3 primary functions. These are;
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of school;
Holding leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.
The current governing body comprises of 12 people, including the head teacher, and is made up of people from different areas within the community. These include
Parent governors (3) – have or have had children at the school and are elected by parents
Local Authority Governor (1) – appointed by the Local Authority
Co-opted governors (up to 6) – elected by the governing body from the local community for their particular skills, knowledge or experience
Staff governors (1) – elected members of school in addition to the Headteacher
The list of current members of the board of governors is highlighted below.
Like in all schools, whether you are a parent, member of staff or a governor, we all want the very best for our children. Having reflected on last year’s achievements, this year we will be working together with the senior leadership team to support the school in the following areas:
On visits to the school and in governors’ meetings to help in any way we can to ensure school development plans are realised and children continue to be offered high quality teaching, and a stimulating and creative curriculum.
With school budgets being limited, we will ensure that money is well spent in the right areas
Ensure we are as prepared as possible for any future OFSTED inspection so that our school can be truly celebrated for all the rich learning experiences our children receive
Recognise the highly valued contribution parents / carers can and already give, and increase the number of those involved in the success of the school
Chair of Governors. Christchurch Infants School
Governing Body Structure
The full governing body meets on a regular basis of at least six times per year. In December 2019 we changed our governing body from two sub-committees based on the areas of interest and expertise of the members and instead with meet as a Full Governing Body going forward. These committees were ‘Learning and Curriculum’ and ‘Teaching and Resources’. The new format of meeting as a Full Governing Body will allow greater knowledge sharing and speed of decision making going forward.
All members of the governing body attend training sessions to keep us up to date with changes in schools and education, and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff, and pupils, to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.
Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the school.
A Governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school. It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff. Governors fulfill their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school. They also undertake visits, serve on relevant committees and oversee the Headteacher’s performance management.
As a governing body we are proud of all the staff, pupils and parents of Christchurch Infant School and all that they achieve. We are committed to supporting Christchurch Infant School to be a safe, enjoyable and effective place for children to learn and develop.
Further governor information including registered business interest can be found in these documents: