Who are Urmston Infant School Governors?
The Governing body of Urmston Infant School is made up of:
3 parent governors – Mrs Crawford, Mrs Caslake, Mrs Needham (Chair)
1 Local Authority governor – Mrs Turner
1 staff governor – Mrs McGuirk
1 headteacher – Miss Bee
5 co-opted governors – Mr Brown (previous Chair of Urmston Junior School Governing Body), Miss Hutchings, Mrs Knights, Mrs Smyth, Rev Smith (Co-opted governors are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.)
We are all volunteers and do not get paid for being a Governor. We come from all walks of life and bring a range of skills to the governing body. We are all passionate about education and are willing to commit some of our free time to work with the school.
What do school governors do?
The governing body is the strategic leader of our school and has a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The purpose of the governing body is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’. The governing body has a strong focus on three core functions:
- ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
- holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
An effective governing body is a source of tremendous strength for the school and helps its leaders cope with major issues and handle change.
The Governing body does not…
- inspect the school
- have involvement in the day-to-day running of the school
- authorise all expenditure
- decide which pupils will be admitted to the school
- decide how pupils are taught individual subjects.
Governors need to…
- be fully committed to the role
- be discreet, open minded and fair
- be willing to raise questions constructively and participate in discussion and decision-making
- be prepared to participate in the life of the school
- have the time to attend governors meetings and training
- be open to new ideas and ready to learn
- act at all times with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to staff, pupils, parents and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school.