New Hatfield Peverel Infants School

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Governing Board 
2017/18

Co-Opted Governors:

Local Authority Governors:

Lesley Naish

Liz Austin

Simon Reed (Vice Chair)

Ellie Wilkinson (Chair Curriculum Committee)

Chris Dymond

Samantha Longbottom

Headteacher:

Mary Gurr

John Guy (Chair Finance, Premises, Personnel Committee)

Parent Governors:

Louise Poulton (Chair)

Kathryn Jacobs

Jonathon Lawes

Lorraine Sherratt-Moore


Staff Governor:

Miss Emma Stimpson

We work in partnership with Mrs Gurr and the school staff. Working together we strive towards our vision:


'A welcoming, stimulating and happy environment that enables all pupils to attain high levels of achievement whilst catering for individual needs'


We have three main roles:


  • To provide strategic direction for the school  e.g. deciding the school's priorities, compiling the development plan and agreeing how the budget is spent
  • To act as a 'critical friend' to the headteacher e.g. setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies, celebrating successes, balancing challenge with support
  • To ensure accountability e.g. publishing a prospectus, school profile and conducting the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement


We do not become involved in the day to day management of the school - that is the role of the headteacher, Mrs Gurr. When OFSTED assesses the overall leadership and management of the school the performance and involvement of the Governors is taken into account and does have an impact of the overall grading of the school. Governors are expected to have a good understanding of the school's strengths and weaknesses, understand the school's pupil assessment data and be comfortable that the quality of teaching is monitored effectively within the school.


We try and keep you updated in what we are doing in various ways:


  1. We have a notice board just inside the school doors that shows details of what we are currently working on
  2. We issue Governor Updates via the school newsletter
  3. We issue questionnaires from time to time to gather evidence
  4. We attend school Open Evenings, Open Days and the New Intake Induction Meeting to answer any questions raised

 

We are always keen to hear the views of children, parents, prospective parents and members within the local community and take these views into consideration in our work. We listen to children's views through the school council and also through our frequent visits to the school; we talk to parents and prospective parents at Open Evenings and Parents' Evenings as well as on an as-needed basis; and we all act as ambassadors for the school within the local community – listening to the views of others, explaining the school’s position, and bringing back feedback where necessary.

 
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