Welcome to the St Helen’s Primary School Governors page. The Governing Body of St Helen’s School is made up of a range of people from many different backgrounds, including representatives from the Local Authority, St Helen’s Church (known as Foundation Governors), the Local Community, Parents and Staff. All Governors are volunteers and we offer our time, skills and experience to help run the School. Although as Governors we receive some training from the Local Authority, we are lay people, not experts and our role is to act as a critical or questioning friend.
Working as an efficient and effective team within a Christian, caring environment, we aim to achieve a standard of excellence appropriate to each individual, enriching, encouraging and equipping each child for their future education.
What the Governing Body does
The role of the Governing Body is to work with the Head Teacher and Staff to offer all children at St Helen’s the best educational opportunities possible. Our main task is in the area of school improvement – in practice, we continually try to make the school the best it can be. Running the school on a daily basis is the responsibility of the Head and Staff – the Governing Body is responsible for:
- managing the school’s budget
- ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
- reporting on the standards being achieved
- the appointment of senior staff and
- developing and maintaining a strategic vision for the school that reflects our distinctive Christian character and values.
Following on from an inspection by Ofsted, Governors have to draw up an action plan for the school in response to the inspection report.
How the Governing Body works
Governors meet as a Full Governing Body six times in an academic year. We also meet in two smaller sub-committees:
- Curriculum & Standards and
- Finance & Staffing
Business is conducted through meetings where we make decisions collectively as a team. Our role is strategic, while the Head, with whom we work closely, has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school. Meetings take place early in the evening – around 6.30pm – and can involve a lot of paperwork so it helps to have read what we can in advance. Meetings of the Full Governing Body are scheduled for:
- Wednesday 6th December 2017.
- Wednesday 24th January 2018.
- Wednesday 21st March 2018.
- Wednesday 16th May 2018.
- Wednesday 11th July 2018.
The Minutes of previous meetings can be accessed by clicking the links below:
2016.09.21 FGB Meeting Minutes
2016.12.07 FGB Meeting Minutes
2017.01.25 FGB Meeting Minutes
2017.03.22 FGB Meeting Minutes
2017.05.17 FGB Meeting Minutes v.1.1
2017.07.12 FGB Meeting Minutes
We also have either an individual or a small group of governors who take the lead in monitoring many areas of the school, pay and performance management, special educational needs, safety and safeguarding all the way through to a food focus group!
As well as meeting together regularly as a Governing Body, Governors like to come and visit the school and be involved in school life. We particularly enjoy attending events like concerts, sporting events, festivals and Church Services where we can celebrate the achievements of the children as well as sharing in significant moments in the life of the school. Above all, we hope to support the staff of the school in creating a safe, happy and pleasant environment in which to learn and play together.
Becoming a Governor
- Foundation Governors are nominated by St Helen’s Church in consultation with the Diocese of Bristol.
- Parent Governors are elected by parents for a fixed term of 4 years. Parents are advised in writing when a vacancy for a Parent Governor arises. This could be because a Governor completes their term of office or because they stand down. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process for nominations and any election are provided at the time.
- Local Authority Governors (L.A. Governors) are nominated by Local Councillors.
- Staff Governors are members of the School staff who are elected by the staffing body (both teaching and non-teaching).
- Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests or to bring specific skills to the Governing Body
Click on the links below to see our current Governing Body, Statutory Information, Register of Interests and Parent letter:
Governing Body Members from 01.09.2016 to Present
Governor Meeting Attendance for Academic Year 2016-17
Register of Governor Interest for Academic Year 2017-18
Governor Letter to Parents March 2017
If you would like to contact us please email St Helen’s Primary Governing Body at email@example.com