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Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.

School governors and trustees make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities and futures.

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

Chair of Governors Mrs S Van Rosse
Vice Chair of Governors Mr J Berry

 

What governors and trustees do?
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

What will be expected of me?
The average time commitment is five to eight hours per month, although it will vary depending on the needs of the school and the role. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits. As well as full governing board meetings, many schools have various committees and link governor roles which you may like to contribute to – this depends on each individual school.

Like magistrates or members of a jury, school governors and trustees have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties, although this may be unpaid. Your company’s HR department will be able to tell you about its policy.

Each school sets a term of office for its governors and trustees – this is normally four years. Many people choose to serve multiple terms, however as a volunteer you can resign before your term is finished if your circumstances change.

Governance is a voluntary role and therefore it is not paid. Some schools and trusts may pay travel and other expenses, but this will vary so please do ask about their policy.

The above content & further information can be found below

National Governance Association

Documents

Page Downloads Date  
Governor Information Pack 01st Oct 2018 Download
WJS Governor Visits Guide 2017.pdf 31st Oct 2018 Download

Latest News

Posted on: 11/01/2019

Headteachers Blog 11/01/2019

Dear Parents/Carers, Happy New Year to you all - it’s been lovely to see all our pupils back at school and ready for another term of learning! I was in the cloakroom on the first day back and most of our children were happy to be back in school with only one or two wanting an extended holiday… It has really turned cold and most children have warm coats, hats and gloves. However, there are still children turning up to school with no coat. I know that they don’t feel the cold as much as we do but it is really bitter outside especially on the top playground. YEAR 3 ENGAGEMENT DAY It was good to see the activities that the year three children were doing on Wednesday afternoon as the start of their ‘Road Trip USA’ topic for this half term. Mrs Adams was in the hall and taught the children a Cheer Leading routine (which I watched, and it was brilliant!), with Miss Seavers making tepees (they were called wigwams when I was little) in her classroom and Mr Farrell in the Studio playing NBA Basketball. This gives the children a taster and hopefully will inspire an interest in the upcoming topic work. E-SAFETY ASSEMBLIES This week we are lucky to have a company called Parent Zone (which is part of Google Internet Legends) who are coming into our school to deliver assemblies on Internet Safety. There will be follow up lessons in classrooms also. As you know we are having more pupils having access to Social Media and smart phones, which, if not used sensibly, can create real problems in some pupils’ well-being. We always endeavour to educate our pupils about this and hopefully you check your child’s phone/Internet use daily. 6M CLASS ASSEMBLY/COFFEE STOP Next week, we have the first class assembly (6M) of the term at 2:15 on Friday 18th January. It will be followed by Coffee Stop in the Gym. I know that we have had Christmas, and everyone seems to be ‘Eating Healthy’ but one cake won’t harm – would it?? We hope to see you for coffee and cake from 2:30 onwards… Best wishes, Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 21/12/2018

Headteachers Blog 21/12/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, This has been a brilliant week at our school just proving that we can work hard whilst also having fun! PARENT ASSEMBLIES It has been fantastic to see so many parents and other family members attend the Autumn Term Parents’ Assembly where their child has been commended for their wonderful work, attitude and commitment to learning at our school. You should feel very proud of your children. There will be future assemblies next term and in the summer term. If you receive an invite through the post, then please keep it a secret as it is lovely to see the surprise on the children’s faces when they see someone from home in assembly!! SANTA VISIT Year 4 staff really got into the Christmas spirit with Mrs Rowe and Mrs Patten creating a Santa’s Grotto in their stock cupboard!! Mrs R-J even managed to find Santa and the children were able to visit him. Thank you to year four staff for this- much appreciated.   12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Mr Lambert, Mrs Lewis and Mr Winslade rehearsed the whole school in singing (and acting) the ’12 Days of Christmas’ which the children then performed to the whole staff – it was so well performed – we loved it! REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR We would like to say a huge thank you to all Westfield families who supported this worthy cause especially the two parents who donated for every day. Traditionally, Westfield year four pupils have performed a Harvest Festival and donate to the Hinckley foodbank so this year all the food donated will go to this. This shows what a fantastic community we have at Westfield who support people who are struggling especially at Christmas. FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER Today has been the busiest day of the week. We attended St John’s Church in the morning (there are too many of us to do this together, which is a real shame, so we had two services). Thank you to Mr Jon Berry, our Vice Chair of Governors, for arranging this. It is always lovely to hear the children singing in church. We have also had a Christmas Raffle organised by the PTA with a lot of hard work put in by Mrs Elwell. Great prizes were on offer. Lastly, thank you so much to our lovely staff who managed to summon the energy to entertain our children today for the Goodies’ Treat! It was a brilliant panto called ‘Red Riding Hood (with a twist)’ and I don’t know how but we still had two ugly sisters! It is a Westfield tradition that both Mr Lambert and Mr Woodward dress up as pantomime dames and entertain us in true Westfield Junior School fashion!! We hope you have a Merry Christmas and will see the children back in school on Tuesday 8th January. Best wishes, Margaret Greig
Posted on: 14/12/2018

Headteachers Blog 14/12/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, YEAR FIVE NATIVITY This week year five pupils and staff have been busy performing their Christmas Production which, in true Westfield fashion, was not only fabulous but quirky and full of fun! Mrs McKenzie and her brilliant year five team have worked their magic, yet again, and we have seen brilliant all singing all dancing performances this week (they have performed ‘How Christmas Came to Be’ five times) and were completely exhausted by the end of it all. Our pupils are fantastic! I would like to thank the following staff: Mrs McKenzie (director); Mrs Western (photographs); Miss Randall (backstage); Mrs Castle, Mrs Worthington, Mrs Waller, Miss Stynes, Mrs Ansell front of house or backstage support. In addition, Mrs Osborne who is musical director and Mrs Elwell who made the costumes, have both been brilliant and we would not have had the spectacular show that we had without their skills. Thank you also to Miss Billings in the office for admin support. The Westfield team is amazing!! CHRISTMAS PARTIES Next week, we are having year group parties: years five and six on Tuesday afternoon; years three and four plus IH on Thursday afternoon. Hopefully, teachers have written to you with details of these parties. Please check your child’s bag! COFFEE STOP Today, we have our last Coffee Stop of 2018 so this is your last chance to buy some of our yummy cakes – only 50p each. Why not buy some for the weekend or join us for coffee and cake in the gym? CHRISTMAS RAFFLE This will be drawn on Friday 21st December. You should have had tickets already but there are still a few left… Mrs Elwell’s raffles are always well worth a ticket! All proceeds go back into the PTA funds so that we can buy extra things for our pupils. GOODIES’ TREAT This term the children who have not had detention will have a chance to see their teachers showing off performing the Teachers’ Panto on Friday. This will include an ice lolly as a treat. ST JOHN’S CHURCH On Friday 21st December in the morning, the whole school will be attending a Christmas Service at St John’s Church. We will be walking there and back so make sure your child has a coat.   Best wishes, Margaret Greig  
Posted on: 7/12/2018

Headteachers Blog 07/12/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, This week has been very busy at Westfield Junior School. As well as our pupils working hard and completing end of term tests this week, they have had Christmas Dinner (there were around 350 pupils being fed yesterday) and the lower school pupils had a Christmas Disco on Wednesday which was organised by the PTA. 5 STARS!! We have brilliant staff in our kitchen who work hard to feed our pupils every day – we still only charge £2 for meals and the catering staff also produce all the cakes and biscuits for the Coffee Stop on alternate Fridays. This week we had our annual visit from Environmental Health and received five stars for the cleanliness and organisation of the kitchen. This is the highest category, so we are well chuffed – thank you so much to Mrs Catterell, Mrs Read, Mrs Capener and Mrs Burrows who work so hard doing the job but also Mrs Holt who manages the kitchen and school dinners very successfully. YEAR 3 AND 4 DISCO On Wednesday, over 100 children descended on the hall for a Christmas disco which was fantastic! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and there were lots of sparkly clothes and great dancing. Some of our year six girls agreed to dance on the stage to teach some moves so thank you to them. Also, thanks go to Mrs Wright, Mrs Elwell, Mrs Halliday, Mrs Cheney and Mr Jones who made this possible. A special thank you goes to Mrs Lewis who ran the whole event from the stage and was fabulous!! It was great to see all our year 3 and 4 teachers who came to support the event and were very helpful in recognising parents which really speeded up the collection of children! CHOIR IN THE COMMUNITY Our lovely choir were out and about today at Armada Court singing to the residents and will be singing tomorrow at the Hinckley Library. We are also booked to sing at the Co-op on Monday 17th December. It is always so uplifting to hear our children singing Mrs Osborne’s creative take on Christmas songs in Santa hats. It is a sure sign that Christmas is near! Next week we have the year five Nativity – you should have had tickets already – and it is Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14th December. Best wishes, Mrs M Greig
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