Who we are
We are all volunteers from many different walks of life and we 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.
The governors’ role is often described as that of a “critical friend”, supporting and challenging the school.
At the beginning of the school year, we agree the School Development Plan (SDP), which sets the priorities and objectives for the school for the year ahead. These may include aspects of pupils’ achievement, outcomes for specific categories of pupils, staff well-being, areas of leadership.
We agree targets to monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards the achievement of those objectives, and carry out regular visits throughout the school year to look in detail into specific aspects.
The Headteacher is then responsible for the day-to-day organisation, management and control of the school and for implementing the strategic framework established by the governing board.
During our meetings we discuss data provided by the school, relate them to the objectives outlined in the SDP and identify any areas for improvement and ways to support the school in this.
We also agree policies to support the wellbeing and safety of pupils and staff, and to fulfil our legal obligations towards the children and their families.
We attend regular training to keep abreast of developments in national educational policies and to make us better equipped to fulfil our responsibilities to the school and its pupils.
The Committees of the Governing Board
The full Governing Board meets at least once a term.
Reporting to the full Governing Board are three main Committees, which also meet at least once a term:
Pay and Resources - Covers finance, premises and personnel matters.
Curriculum and Achievement - Covers standards of teaching and learning, pupil achievement data and the range and breadth of the curriculum.
Children, Families and Community - Covers safeguarding and pupil wellbeing, communication with families and the involvement of the school within the wider community. One governor is responsible for monitoring safeguarding practice.
All meetings are supported by an experienced clerk from Wandsworth Governor Services.