School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards for school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the Federation’s long-term goals. They support the Executive Head Teacher (EHT), but also ask questions and make sure the EHT is taking the Federation in the right direction. Let us introduce to you some of our school governors so you know more about them and how they became involved…
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LA Governor, Chair
Co-opted Governor Vice Chair
Co-opted Governor, Safeguarding
Co-opted Governor, Finance
Executive Head Teacher
Damian Clark - Chair of Governors & Local Authority Governor
“I joined the Governing Board as a parent governor when my children attended the school 12 years ago. Since I have been a Governor, the Board has steered the school through many interesting changes including starting up the Children’s Centre and federating two schools. As a result of being on the Board and attending governor training sessions I have developed my personal skills and knowledge which I have found useful both for the Board and in my wider life.”
Michelle McCann - Co-opted Governor, Finance
“I have been a Co-Opted member the Governing Board since February 2016. When I heard the Nursery were looking for Governors I wanted to get involved as I believe that providing the right environment for children at Nursery level is a huge help in preparing them for primary education and sets them on the right path for their life beyond. It is an honour to be able to be part of that journey.”
Jeni Murphy – Staff Governor
“I have recently joined the board of governors. What inspired me to join was my passion for children’s wellbeing and desire to be an advocate for them receiving the best start possible. I work and live in the community so felt that I had an understanding of what it means for children and parents living in the borough and the difference and impact good early education can have. I am very much looking forward to working with the governing body in the future”.
School Governors meet for a Full Governing Board Meeting once every month. These meetings are usually held in the evening at Selhurst, Crosfield (Elborough Road) or Malling Close Children’s Centre from 6.30-8.30pm. Governors discuss school budgets, buildings and health & safety issues as well as the children, staffing, teaching & learning, safeguarding and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Governors also have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Looked after children, discipline, bullying & behaviour, equal opportunities, staff appraisal and a whole lot more. It is a demanding, but interesting role. If you would like to know more about it, or would like to come and observe a meeting, just let one of our governors know and we would be happy to accommodate you. Governors can be contacted through the office at either school.
Our Federation has a clear vision for the importance of early years and we are passionate about giving children the best possible start to their education. Our services extend beyond the nursery school classes and include not only children’s centres, but also the Best Start Early Learning Collaboration.