Welcome to the Governing Body of Knowsley Primary School. We are a committed team who are dedicated to raising standards and achieving better outcomes for all our stakeholders. Through strong skills sets, knowledge, experience and ongoing training each member of the Governing Body has something vital to bring to the team.
We are very fortunate in having so many committed and dedicated governors at Knowsley Village Primary School who take their role seriously and support Knowsley Village School in the journey from ‘Good to Great’
Governing bodies provide strategic leadership for our schools and have a critical role in making sure every child gets the best possible education through:
- Ensuring Clarity of vision, ethos and strategic development
- Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
Governors, along with the Headteacher and Senior School Team, form the Leadership Team of the school. They have a crucial role in ensuring the school is successful in meeting the needs of all its pupils and achieving high standards.
The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts:-·
- Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
- Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
- Management of the school’s delegated budget
- Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based
Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. A number of Governors also have responsibilities for specific areas within the school such as Safeguarding, SEND, Inclusion , Finance and Health and Safety.
Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management. Statutory Policies are available on the website.
All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff, and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the full range of academic and social objectives.
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected at the first meeting of the academic year and serve a two year term of office. Governors are very much in support of succession planning hence the election of chair and vice-chair ever two years; after two years the chair hands over to the vice-chair who supports the new vice-chair in ‘getting ready’ to ‘drive’ the governing body and school in raising standards.
If you would like to know more about the Governing Body of Knowsley Village please contact the Clerk to the Governors: Mrs L Campbell Hunter at Lesley.CampbellHunter@knowsleyvillageschool.co.uk.
The Chair of Governors is Miss J Hegarty who can be contacted through the Clerk to Governing Body via email at: Lesley.CampbellHunter@knowsleyvillageschool.co.uk
The Governing body take a very active role in school life and support school improvement via meetings and audits. As a result they take a full and active role in supporting the school. The Governors have several meetings each term and also attend INSET days on planning and audit days on school improvement.
The Chair and Vice Chair complete Thematic Audits throughout the year in line with the school Development Plan and Governor Development Plan. Governors are welcome to make an appointment to join Mrs Barlow or Mrs Greensmith on a learning walk.