Governance at Whimple

Whimple, like almost all other schools in the country, has a team of governors who oversee the running of the school. The governing body at Whimple is constituted as follows: -

4 Co-opted Governors

3 Parent Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

2 Staff governors (headteacher and a teacher).

This ensures that there is a diverse mix of people who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise.

 

The Role of the Governing Body

The governing body oversees the running of the school by setting aims and objectives for the school, creating policies and agreeing targets. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school; instead, the governing body acts as a “critical friend” to the headteacher by providing advice and support.  Any questions or issues relating to a particular lesson, subject, pupil, or class should be referred to the relevant teacher or the headteacher.

The governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and do not have to have experience in education. Governors volunteer their time, and the main requirement for the role is the desire to see the school and its pupils succeed in their education and achieve their individual potential.

The full governing body meets seven times a year to discuss and review any current issues at the school and to look forward to the year ahead.

Each governor is also a member of one of the two sub-committees; Finance & Resources and Teaching & Learning (a full list of governor committee roles is below).

  • The Finance & Resources Committee reviews the school’s finances to ensure that the school is spending its money wisely and that the school premises and facilities are safe, secure and fit for purpose.
  • The Teaching and Learning Committee checks that pupils are making sufficient academic progress whilst still receiving a balanced education that will set them up for life in a wider community.

The kind of issues investigated by governors include:

  • How much money does the school have to spend?
    How is the money being spent?
    Is the school getting good value for money?
  • Are the premises safe and fit for purpose?
  • What burden is being placed on teachers? 
    Do they have appropriate time, training and resources to do their job?
  • How are children developing academically?
    Are they making appropriate progress?
    Are all pupils, regardless of age, background or ability, given the appropriate support and opportunity to succeed?

Whilst most issues and concerns should be referred to the headteacher, governors can provide further information or advice on their role where appropriate. Governors often attend school events so can be approached there, or they can be contacted via the school administrator.

The dates of this year’s meetings are as follows:

 

Date

Meeting

Full Governors' Meeting - AGM

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Full Governors' Meeting - Policies

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Teaching and Learning

Tuesday 29th October 2019

Finance and Resources

Thursday 21st November 2019

Full Governors' Meeting

Tuesday 10th December 2019

Teaching and Learning

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Full Governors' Meeting

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Full Governors' Meeting

Thursday 10th March 2020

Finance and Resources

Tuesday 19th March 2020

Full Governor's Meeting

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Teaching and Learning

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Finance and Resources

Thursday 25th June 2020

Full Governors' Meeting

Thursday 14th July 2020

 

NB FULL governors meetings are open to all.

If you have any issues to be brought to any of the meetings, please speak to the Chair or any other Governor. If possible please do this a fortnight before the meeting so that the item can be added to the agenda if appropriate.