Governors

All the Governors are committed to offer time and support to the school. We do so by working together and with the Head Teacher to ensure the children get the very best from their time at Lenthall Infants and Nursery School.

As Governors we are expected to attend full Governing Body Meetings and may attend seperate sub-committee meetings when required. 

These meetings happen during the school terms, and are also attended by the Head Teacher and other nominated members of staff. The meetings are arranged around times (normally out of school hours) to suit Governors. 

The main responsibilities and duties of a Governor include:

o Promoting high standards of educational achievement
o Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement 
o Taking general responsibility for the conduct and strategic direction of the school
o Managing the school’s budget
o Making sure that the curriculum is balanced and in line with the National Curriculum, and reporting on National Curriculum assessments and examination results
o Determining the staff complement and pay policy for the school
o Participating in the appointment of the Head Teacher and other staff and regulating staff conduct and discipline
o Drawing up an action plan after an inspection

The three core strategic functions of Lenthall Infants and Nursery School governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Governing Body are a friendly and structured group, passionate about the school and supporting all those connected with it.

 

Be a School Governor 

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

What do governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. 

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board. 

Who can become a governor?

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are different types of school with different categories of governor. The types of state schools in England are:

  • community
  • voluntary controlled
  • voluntary aided
  • foundation
  • trust – a type of foundation school
  • academies, free Schools & City Technology Colleges (CTCs) – independent state funded schools

There are also different categories of governor:

  • parent
  • staff
  • foundation
  • partnership
  • local authority
  • co-opted

The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing board.

How do I become a governor?

If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies:

  • You can contact your local school to ask if they need a new governor
  • You can contact your local council

 

Please click on the link for Financial Benchmarking DFE 

Financial Benchmark with similar schools 

 

 GOVERNOR SUB COMMITEES/GROUPS


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (Finance, personnel and premises)

Fiona Marsh                          Executive Headteacher/Staff Governor
Stephen Thompson               Chair of Governors
Pete Commons                      Vice-Chair of Governors
Lisa Maybury                         Head of School/Staff Governor

CURRICULUM/PUPIL DISCIPLINE


Stephen Thompson   Chair of Governors
Pete Commons          Vice-Chair of Governors 
Lisa Maybury             Head of School/Staff Governor
Julie Shepherd          Parent Governor

 

HEADTEACHERS PERFORMANCE PAY REVIEW

Stephen Thompson    Chair of Governors
Pete Commons           Vice-Chair of Governors 

 

POLICY GROUP

Pete Commons           Vice-Chair of Governors 


MARKETING GROUP

Fiona Marsh      Executive Headteacher/Staff Governor

Jenny Paxman

Pete Commons

 Mr P Parkin

 Ms R Huma

Mr M Shimwell

All the above Governors have signed to declare that they have no business interests

All Governors have completed skills matrix forms which include finance skills and interests

 

GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE 

Lenthall Infant & Nursery School
Marsh Avenue
Dronfield
Derbyshire
S18 2HB

page last updated: 08/10/2021

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