Alderbrook governors are all volunteers who come from many different walks of life and bring different skills and experience to the Governing Board. We have two parent governors, one governor appointed by Wandsworth Council, seven co-opted governors and two staff governors including the Headteacher.
Our role is a strategic one:
- to set the school’s overall aims and objectives
- to agree policies and targets for achieving those objectives
- to monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its objectives
- to be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher - a “critical friend”
The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day organisation, management and control of the school and for implementing the strategic framework established by the governing board.
At Alderbrook, the full Governing Board meets at least once a term with an extra April meeting to adopt the budget. These formal meetings are supported by an experienced clerk from Wandsworth Governor Services.
Reporting to the Governing Board are three main sub-committees which also meet at least once a term, and a Pay Committee.
These committees are:
(1) Resources, which covers finance, premises and personnel matters
(2) Curriculum and Achievement, which covers standards of teaching and learning, pupil achievement data and the range and breadth of the curriculum
(3) Children, Families and Community, which covers safeguarding and pupil wellbeing, communication with parents, home-school links and the projection and involvement of the school within the wider community. Some individual governors take on specific roles such as monitoring safeguarding practice and Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision.
The Governing Board are committed to supporting the school and governors arrange visits throughout the school year to follow up aspects of the School Development Plan. We also attend regular training to keep abreast of developments in national educational policy and to make us better equipped to fulfil our responsibilities to the school and its pupils.”