Governance at The Crewkerne and Misterton Federation
The Governor’s role at Ashlands CofE First School & Misterton CofE First School.
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“The role of the Governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role.”
As a member of the largest voluntary body in the UK school governors have three core functions in order to provide the highest standards of education:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school(s) and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and ensuring financial probity
A Governor’s role is to advise and support the Headteacher and other members of the Senior Leadership Team and act as a ‘critical friend’.
Governors are required to attend a Full Board Meeting at least once per term; they will also be asked to become an expert /link governor in one key area such as those listed below.
Sample Link Governor Roles:
Child Protection / Safeguarding (inc e-safety)
School Development Point 1 – Numeracy
School Development Point 2 – Literacy
School Development Point 3 – Teaching & Learning
Ethos in Diocesan Church Schools
Data Analysis and Information
Sub Groups – PP/EAL/LAC
Finance inc Health and Safety – Misterton
Finance inc Health and Safety – Ashlands
Future Planning and Grant Funding
Additionally, at any one time, there may be a number of bespoke working groups researching and advising on such matters as Governors’ training, Governors’ monitoring and intervention, pupil admissions and marketing. Governors also play an important role in the interviewing and appointment of new teaching staff.
Governors have the facility and responsibility to visit the schools to witness its day-to-day activities, in order to assess and understand the progress made and the issues encountered by the Senior Leadership Team. These visits are arranged in conjunction with the relevant members of the Senior Leadership Team and are structured in a way that is not disruptive to the Schools’s daily activities.
Why become a Governor?
If you have an interest in helping the federation of schools become the best schools possible in terms of providing education from EYFS to Year 4, then offering your services as a Governor will allow you to contribute directly to this end.
If you had a good experience of education you may be driven by wanting to contribute to a similar experience for today’s young people; equally if your experience was less than good you may wish to contribute to improve the educational experience of students today.
What is involved in becoming a Governor?
There are Ten Governors and Two Associate Governors on the Federated Board – who bring with them skills and experience relevant to the role. The term of office for all Governors is four years.
|Parent Governor (Ashlands)|
|Parent Governor (Misterton)|
|Foundation Governor (ex officio)|
|Foundation Governor (DBE)|
|Co-opted Governor *|
The Full Board of Governors of the Crewkerne & Misterton Federation
|Name of Governor||Category of Governor||Appointed Body||Term of Office||Details of position of Responsibility||SDP
|Any Declared Business Interests|
|Nicola Ball||Headteacher||Elected||Start April 2015 – 4 Years||Headteacher||All||NONE|
|Mr Richard Barratt||Chair||LA||Started April 2015 – 4 Years||Safeguarding / Personnel / Ethos||NONE|
|Revd Craig Sinclair||Ex-Officio||Diocese||Started Oct 2017 – 4 Years||Ethos in Diocesan Church Schools / Personnel||NONE|
|Kay Dawson||Staff||Board||Started Oct 2017 – 4 Years||Teaching and learning / Data|
|Elizabeth Clemow||Co-opted||Board||Started April 2015 – 4 Years||SEND & Teaching & Learning||Printasleeve Ltd|
|Anthony Mulligan||Parent (Misterton)||Board||Started April 2015 – 4 Years||Finance & Health & Safety
|Eleanor (Ellie) Kading||Parent (Ashlands)||Board||Started April 2015 – 4 Years||Numeracy||Perfectly Formed Songs Ltd|
|Liz Popham||Associate||Board||Started Oct 2017 – 4 Years||Safeguarding / On-line Safety|
The following people have been members of the Governing Body. Their names will remain below for 1 year after they finished their term of office so they can be identified on any GB minutes.
|Revd Jonathon Morris||Ex-Officio||Diocese||Left Role July 2017||Ethos and personnel|
|Andrew North||Co-opted||Board||Left Role July 2017||EYFS|
| Left Role October 2017
Left Role November 2017
LA Governor – appointed by LA * The governors have agreed that 1 of the co-opted governor appointments made by the Governing Body will be a member of staff from the school not represented from the Staff Governor position
Parent Governors – are elected by the parents of students at the two schools.
Foundation Governors – are appointed by Bath and Wells Diose
Associate/Co-opted Governors – are approved by the Board. These are people with a particular skill set such as financial, business or legal acumen, or other experience and qualifications, which will help them assist in the decision making processes of the Governing Body.
What is involved?
- There is an expectation that you attend Full Board meetings – normally one per month.
- You will be asked to become an expert in at least one area, as well as working groups as issues arise.
- Induction and on-going training is provided, some of which – such as that related to child protection – is mandatory.
- A committed Governor will ordinarily attend at least three routine, typically, two hour meetings per term, with approximately an hour of pre-reading and preparation (consideration of the issues) in your own time required. School visits are approximately one half day per term, plus a couple of evenings annually at events.
All Governors are encouraged to make active contributions to all meetings.
What do you get?
- First and foremost, opportunities to help shape the education of our local young people, with a view to giving them a greater chance of a successful ongoing career, whatever their interests.
- Huge personal satisfaction that you have been involved in the development of the Schools and the students’ education.
- Personal development opportunities to gain some skills and experience that your working life may not have provided. These may contribute to your ability to enhance your own work experience and will certainly broaden your skill set.
If anything above prompts you to offer your services as a Governor of the Schools, please contact us using one of the methods below.
It is, if course, not always possible to offer a post to volunteers if particular skill set or experience already exist within the Board and other subject experience is missing.
CONTACT email: Mistertonfirstschool@educ.somerset.gov.uk adding ‘GOVERNOR-INFORMATION’ in the subject line.
There are other committees that meet as necessary to consider issues such as parent complaints, staff dismissal, pupil discipline and the Headteacher’s performance management. From time to time working parties are formed for specific, time limited work.
On rare occasions when parents feel they have a complaint that cannot be resolved within the School, there are procedures in place to ask for Governors’ assistance. This is outlined in the Complaints Policy.
All Governors are contactable via the Misterton School Office: Mistertonfirstschool@educ.somerset.gov.uk and by post.
Links to Key Governor Documents here
Governor Website: http://www.nga.org.uk/Home.aspx
SLP Link to Governor Section: https://slp.somerset.org.uk/sites/governorservices/SitePages/Home.aspx