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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Constitution of the Governing Board

 

The Governing Board is drawn from parents, staff and members of the local community.  We have 3 main roles:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding executive leaders (e.g. headteacher or other SLT members as appropriate to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The Governing Board holds meetings on an approximately monthly basis during term time. Governors’ responsibilities are also allocated to various committees that may meet outside of the regular full Governors’ meetings and later report back to the full Board. Some committees have delegated decision making authorities.

 

  • Pay and Finance
  • Headteacher’s Performance Appraisal
  • Exclusions/Appeals
  • Disciplinary/Appeals

 

 At its monthly meetings governors discuss many aspects of the life of the school including teaching and learning, pupil progress and assessment, the curriculum, attendance, premises (including health and safety), monitoring the school budget, safeguarding, exclusions, statutory requirements, policies and appraisal of staff including the Headteacher.

 

The Headteacher provides a termly written report and a verbal update at other meetings.

 

Governors are linked to cover various areas such as:

  • Safeguarding, CLA (Children Looked After)
  • Health and Safety
  • Finance
  • Teaching, learning and curriculum linked with Early Years and KS1
  • Pupil premium and SEN
  • Sport premium.

 

Governors aim to make termly monitoring visits to school as well as more informal ones. These visits usually focus on priorities in the school improvement plan. Areas monitored have included: maths, SEN, reading and phonics, writing, safeguarding. During these visits we have the opportunity to talk to the children about their learning and well-being.

 

Also curriculum leaders are invited to meetings to give presentations on their subject. This has been particularly important during the pandemic as governors have been unable to visit school in the normal way.

 

If you would like to know more about the work of the governors or have any questions about becoming a governor, please contact Howard Mason (Chair of Governors) at  hmason@chauldeninfants.herts.sch.uk. Minutes of governing board meetings are available by request.

 

Who are the Governors?

  • the Headteacher
  • parent governors elected by the parents of the school
  • governors co-opted by the Governing Body from the local community
  • local education authority (LEA) governors nominated by Herts County Council
  • staff governor elected by the school staff

 

Term of Office

The term of office for each governor is 4 years

The Term of Office for Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors is 2 years.

 

Category Term of Office
   

Headteacher

  

Mrs Jackie Hood

 

Permanent

  

  

Parent Governors

  

Graham Jackson

 

11-11-19 to 10-11-23

Vamsidhar Gudladona

 

19-11-18 to 18-11-22

Rachel Ayree

 

24-11-20 to 23-11-24

  

 

 

LEA Governors

 

 

Howard Mason (Chair of Governors)

 

19-11-18 to 18-11-22

  

 

 

Co-Opted Governors (one vacancy)

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Courtney (also a member of staff)

 

26-02-19 to 25-02-23

Jenny Sippings (Vice Chair)

 

08-09-17 to 07-09-21

Kirstene Cutler

 

14-12-19 to 13-12-23

   

 

 

Staff Governor

 

 

Liz Bolton

 

26-09-20 to 25-09-24

   

 

 

Clerk to the Governors

  
Philippa Graham  

 

 
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