Welcome to East Farleigh Primary School Governors Page
The Governing Body has overall responsibility for managing the School and are involved in setting the strategic direction of the School, including policies, reviewing the school budget and achievement of objectives. In practice, this involves supporting the Headteacher and Staff in developing and implementing policies for the School (e.g. Health and Safety), and promoting the School in the local community.
Governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of the School, this is the responsibility of the Headteacher, but do visit School during the academic year to monitor and support the School.
The Governing Body is structured to reflect the management of the School. We have a Resources Team, Teaching and Learning Team and a Strategy Team. In addition to these, Governors may be involved in smaller teams for specific tasks as required. The main three teams have delegated responsibility in defined areas and feed ideas and suggestions to the main Full Governing Body meetings. The Full Governing Body meet 3 times per year and each team meets three or four times as required. The minutes of meetings are available for inspection outside the school office at any time.
Governing Body Membership
Governors are volunteers drawn from the school and the local community. When recruiting new Governors, the Governing Body uses a skills matrix from its own self-assessment process in order to ensure appointments improve the effectiveness of the Governing Body as a whole. It is also good practice to keep a balance in representation from different aspects of the community within the Governing Body. Anyone interested in joining the Governing Body should speak with the Headteacher or Chair of Governors. We are currently looking for people with links to local business, experience in premises management or purchasing, experience in financial management or education experts outside of our own school community in particular.
It is not essential to have education specific experience to be a School Governor as training is provided both online and via training courses run through the local authority.
In the unfortunate event that you have a complaint about the school, in the first instance you should contact the Headteacher and arrange an appointment to meet and discuss the issue. Most problems can be amicably settled at this stage. However, if after this the matter needs to be considered further, then a copy of the official complaints procedure should be obtained from the School office.