Welcome to our Governors' section:
Please find below details of our Governing Body, including names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor and information about their business interests. All governors have the responsibility of voting on the Full Governing Body and any other sub-committee on which they serve.
Welcome from the Chair of Governors - Jennifer Aston
Dear Parents and carers
Our school is a special place where the entire school community work together to provide a safe, caring and happy school for all our children. For those of you with children at St Luke's C of E First School I am sure that you already recognise the commitment of the staff to ensuring that your children meet their full potential.
The governors work alongside the staff to ensure everyone understands the school’s vision and ethos; that the funding we receive is well spent to benefit all the children and that all the children are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential
The governors work with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that your children are given the best possible opportunity to succeed in life by ensuring that their first school years give them the best start as they progress through their lifelong learning journey.
The governors aim to support the school as it changes and raises standards of attainment and achievement particularly after the difficult couple of years that everyone has faced.
The Role of the Governing Body
The composition of our Governing body is currently:
Foundation Governors = 3 (The incumbent; 1 x PCC appointed; 1 x DBE appointed)
Local Authority Governors = 1 (current vacancy, appointed by the LA)
Co-opted Governors = 4
Parent Governors = 2 (appointed by parents)
Staff governors inc Head teacher = 2 (1 x current vacancy; appointment pending)
Parent governors are elected to be representative of the parent body. They should keep in touch with those who elected them but make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
Staff governors include the head, teaching and non-teaching staff. With the exception of the Head, staff governors are elected and should communicate with those who elected them. All staff governors should make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
Local Authority (LA) governors are appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the school. As with all other governors they should be appointed with a view to their commitment to raising standards. They should keep in touch with those who appoint them but should vote according to the best interests of the school. No-one who is eligible to be a staff governor can be appointed as a LA governor.
Foundation governors are normally appointed by either the Diocese or the local church, or by some other foundation body.
Co-opted governors are invited to join the governing body based on their skill set and the needs of the school.
The current members of the Governing Body are specified in the Register of St Luke's CE First School Governors
What we do
Role of the Governors/Governing Body
The headteacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to support the school. As well as supporting the school, governors need to ask challenging questions to be sure that the school is providing the best possible education. This role is often called ‘being a critical friend’.
Governors also have a role in monitoring the school’s progress, including involvement in the school self-evaluation process, and in setting annual targets for the school’s performance and for the headteacher (and ensuring that the headteacher sets targets for other staff).
Governors are also involved in the Ofsted inspection process, and as part of this Ofsted expect the governing body to have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their school.
Schools generally have a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the management of this budget and approving spending decisions where necessary.
One of the most important activities governors undertake are monitoring activities within the school. This allows them to learn about the school, to see the school at work and to get to know the staff and the children. The governing body at St Lukes’ undertakes regular monitoring visits where they look at children’s work, read policies, and speak to staff and children.
The Full Governing Body meets once each term (three meetings per school year) plus additional budget meeting.
In addition, the Curriculum and the Resources Committees, also meet at least once each term. Each governor sits on one of these committees.
The school purchases a support package from the Local Authority and diocese as part of this, training courses are available to all governors.
Please feel free to speak to any one of us if you would like to know more about the work of the governing body or are interested in one of the vacancies.