WANTED – Parent Governors
Our school Governing Body is made up of Governors from all walks of life and many come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the school and are the link between the school and the community it serves.
We want you -
We are currently looking for new Parent Governors and would be delighted to hear from anyone who has:
If you feel you match the above description, you may be the very person to
become a Governor at Ashgate Primary School. Everyone has something to offer and we want people from as many backgrounds and with as wide a range of interests as possible.
What can we offer?
Why have a Governing Body and a Headteacher?
The Headteacher is responsible for management of the school, ensuring that strategic plans are implemented, the curriculum is delivered effectively and that the policies of the school are acted upon. He or she makes the ‘chalk-face’ decisions to ensure that children are cared for, socially, emotionally and academically on a day-to-day basis, in line with the school’s policies.
The Governing Body provides the strategic management and long- term direction for the school; it acts as a ‘critical friend’ to ensure that standards are high and maintained. Governors act, not as individuals, but as a group to support the work of the Headteacher, staff and pupils. School Governing Bodies are the largest voluntary group in the United Kingdom. They are unpaid and give up their time freely.
What is the composition of our Governing Body?
The Governing Body of Ashgate Primary School is led by Miss Jessamie Self (Chair), elected by the Governing Body from within its membership. Staff members, including the Headteacher, cannot be elected to this office.
Governing bodies are made up of key stakeholders:
Parents - Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school.
Staff - including the Headteacher - Staff Governors (teaching and non-teaching) are elected by the school staff.
The Local Community - the Governing Body appoints Community Governors i.e. members of the local community.
The Local Authority (LA) - appoints one or more Authority Governors.
Governors meet as a 'Full Governing Body' 3 times per year. Prior to each full meeting, the Resource Management Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee meet to review progress and make recommendations to the Full Governing Body.
What do governors do and how did they attain this role?
Great emphasis is given to recruiting Governors who can bring professional skills to their work on the various committees, so that we are qualified to conduct the School in line with our statutory duties. These include promoting high standards of educational achievement, acting in a strategic manner to help the development of the School through effective management of resources and working closely with the School Senior Leadership Team to create and promote the School's values.
Resource Management (RMC) focusses on the financial and resource based aspects of school leadership. If you have a head for figures, a background in finance or industrial work – this committee may be of interest to you.
Teaching and Learning (TLC) focusses on the teaching and learning at school, performance indicators and benchmarking outcomes. If you are interested in analysing how the school works and what is expected – this committee may be for you.
More information is available on ‘About Us’ at the school website:
If you are interested, please email the Clerk o Governing Body at email firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively, you can contact the school direct and I will be more than happy to arrange a time to discuss the role with you. Depending on the number of applications there may be an election process, which will be advised in due course.