Governor pen portraits
Jeremy Moon - Chair of Governors
Hayley Bennett - Vice Chair of Governors
Janice Barnes - Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor for just over 4 years and I am also a member of Beanstalk (providing reading support for children) for about 5 years at St Teresa's. I have been involved in the Parish nearly all my life and am on the flower rota and I am one of the Lay Readers.
Coming into the school twice a week for reading helps me appreciate the school as a whole and I understand how it progresses. One of my roles as a Governor is to participate in the EYFS class and I often eat with them at lunchtimes. I feel very welcome at the school and I enjoy working with the staff and children. I hope my assistance in improving reading confidence is beneficial to the children.
What is the role of the Governors?
The Governors’ Handbook, published by the Department for Education (DfE), outlines the role of the governing body.
The handbook says governing bodies in maintained schools “should have a strong focus” on the three core strategic functions. These are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Section 1.3 of the Governors' Handbook says it is the governors’ job to:
... set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.
It adds that governing bodies should have robust strategies in place for achieving their visions. These strategies should address the following questions:
Holding the headteacher to account
The governing body is also responsible for appointing the headteacher and holding him/her to account.
According to paragraph 1.4.2 of the handbook, “governing bodies hold their headteacher and other senior leaders to account for improving school performance by asking the right questions”. Suggested questions include:
The handbook adds:
A governing body must have good, timely data if it is to know the questions it needs to ask ... and answer any questions asked of the governing body itself.
This document explains that governors should refer to:
In addition, governors can visit the school to find out whether its strategic vision is being achieved.
Overseeing financial performance
The Governors' Handbook says governors can fulfil their obligation to ensure that the school’s money is well spent by having at least one governor with “specific, relevant skills and experience of financial matters”, and by asking questions such as:
Please see the attached table for Governor Roles and Responsibilities.
You can contact our Chair of Governors at: email@example.com