What is a School Governor?
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Some are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed either by the local authority or from the local community.
What do Governors do?
School governors have a wide range of responsibilities, helping to raise standards of pupil achievement and planning the school’s future direction, always in consultation with the Headteacher and other staff. We are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. We are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school: that is the job of the Headteacher.
Governors’ responsibilities include:
At St Andrew's we do this on several levels. We meet as a Full Governing Body about six times a year but also in three main committees, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail. At present our committees are:
Individual governors are also linked with a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, a curriculum subject or a year group. All governors are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if they can, but we do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching or running of the school: we leave that to the professionals!
Regular training opportunities are provided in all aspects of governors’ responsibilities and we take full advantage of these, in order to be as effective as possible.
At St Andrew's we have 13 governors (currently 2 vacancies), a lively and dedicated team who work hard for the school. Governor meetings have been held by Teams during lock down and attendance at these meetings has been almost 100%.
St Andrew's CE Primary School Governors:
Mr David Kemp
Chair of Governors
Mr Geoff Bailey
Vice-Chair of Governors
Governor responsible for SEN/GRT
Mr Paul Friend
Mr Benjamin Jeffery
Vice-Chair of Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee
Governor responsible for Health and Safety
Mrs Claire Lang
Chair of Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee
Mrs Fran Martin Headteacher
Staff Governor and Headteacher
Mrs Carol Motteram
Governor responsible for Child Protection, Mental Health and Thrive
16.1.22 - 16.1.26
Mr Luke Penberthy
Vice-Chair of Curriculum, Staffing and Pay Committee
16.1.22 - 15.1.26
Rev. Matt Thomson
Chair of Ethos Committee
Ms Amy Weaver
Mrs Ruth Wratten
Chair of Ethos Committee
Local Authority Governor
Mrs Julie Mayo
Clerk to Governing Body