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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: 2/11/2018

Headteachers Blog 02/11/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, PTA FILM NIGHT Thank you to our wonderful PTA who held a film night for our children. Mrs Cheryl Wright (who also made up all the’ munch bags’), Mrs Lewis, Mrs Elwell, Mrs Holt, Mrs Chambers, Mrs Cheney were on hand to supervise the children and it was a real success. The PTA made £202.90 which will help towards paying for a new much needed sound system for the hall. Look out for upcoming film nights in the near future. NATIONAL ARBORETUM VISITS This week, on Wednesday and Thursday, our upper school children visited the National Arboretum. All the children and staff I have spoken to were very impressed by what they saw and learned with many of them saying they would lie to visit again with their families. Once again, our Westfield pupils were praised by both the coach driver and the staff on site at the Arboretum. When I hear that, it makes me so proud to be the Head Teacher at this school. GOVERNOR UPDATE Our Governors do a brilliant job in supporting the staff and pupils at our school. I thought it would be a good idea to give parents and carers an update now and again so that you can see what they are actually doing to support our school. As you know (or perhaps you don’t!), Governors are a group of people who support the school and are involved in making strategic decisions for our school. They attend throughout the year at formal/strategic meetings, but they also come into school to support events, lessons and trips. Last week and this week different Governors have: been on the Arboretum trip; helped on the Sponsored Walk; visited and worked in a maths group; supported in IH; attended the Finance Committee meeting. So, you can see they are a real part of our school! SPORT TEAMS Both the school football and the hockey teams have been in action this week with the football team playing Kibworth Primary School (we lost 3-1 with Mitchell Crowther scoring but we came back as it was 2-0 at half time!) and the hockey team coming a respectable 4th out of 10 schools in the tournament yesterday. Thank you to Mr Woodward again who organised these events for our children and the staff who attended – Mr Farrell, Mrs Patten and Miss Blyth – it’s cold watching from the side lines!! 5R ASSEMBLY AND COFFEE STOP It was the turn of 5R to perform to their families and to the school today and they did this well – Miss Randall is a new teacher at Westfield – it is always nerve wracking when it is your assembly, but it was brilliant! Well done all. Don’t forget to come to the gym after school and buy some yummy cakes for the weekend. Best wishes, Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 12/10/2018

Headteachers Blog 12/10/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, PTA AGM Our PTA Annual General Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23rd October at 2pm in Mrs Cheney’s room. We are always looking for any parents/carers who are able to spare a little time to support the PTA who do a fabulous job organising events and Charity Fund Raisers throughout the year. The PTA supports lots of the extra activities we do in school e.g. subsidising school trips and the Goodies’ Treats as well as resourcing some of the lunchtime clubs. We would not be able to offer as much as we do without their hard work and great ideas. 5MK CLASS ASSEMBLY/COFFEE STOP Today it was the turn of Mrs McKenzie’s class to perform for the school and their families. The assembly was about Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling with a bit of curiosity thrown in – I know, it sounds strange when you say it but it was a brilliant assembly and it did make sense when it was performed! Well done to 5MK – we are watching the children very carefully as the Year Five Nativity is coming up next half term and we need great actors... Coffee Stop is in the gym from 2:30 onwards! PARENTS’ EVENING It was really great to see so many parents and carers in school to discuss their child’s progress with their new class teacher. It is good for parents and teachers to meet early on and for parents to find out what their children are actually doing in school. Hopefully, your meetings were a success. It is so important that we work together to make sure your children enjoy learning and make good progress. DRAMA PERFORMANCES Miss Blyth, who is working with groups of pupils this year on Performing Arts skills invited the parents and carers of the children she has worked with this half term into school to watch their performances. The children have had 5 sessions, each one hour long and I have to say, I was most impressed with what they had learned! Miss Blyth has worked wonders – she has managed to give our children the confidence to stand on stage and sing/dance/perform – some children enjoy it anyway but for those children who have either never done this before or who are too shy to perform were all able to step up and go for it! Well done all! Every pupil in school will have the opportunity to do this too. Enjoy the half term break!! Mrs M Greig
Posted on: 5/10/2018

Headteachers Blog 05/10/2018

Dear Parents/Carers, On Tuesday we had a visitor at Westfield from our Teaching School who was most impressed by our pupils and staff – she thought we had a lovely, friendly, inviting school. We know this, but it is always good to hear it from another Head Teacher colleague. JEANS FOR GENES DAY A few weeks ago, we came to school in our jeans (dress down Friday!) and donated 50p to the Jeans for Genes Charity – we sent a cheque for £157.50 off today – thank you all for your generosity! MACMILLAN CANCER COFFEE STOP Not only that but we held a Coffee Stop last week on Friday in aid of the MacMillan Cancer charity where we made £252! Another cheque has been sent off from Westfield Junior School to this very worthy cause. Thank you again to everyone who bought cakes and contributed to our fabulous total. YEAR 3 WARWICK CASTLE TRIP This week it was the turn of our Year Three pupils to visit Warwick Castle. Mr Farrell, who is the Head of Year Three, reported that our Westfield Junior School pupils were so well behaved and full of curiosity. He would also like to thank the four parent volunteers who gave up their time to accompany the staff and pupils: Mrs Bocock, Mrs Parnell, Mrs Simmons and Mrs Clarke – we hope they had an enjoyable time too! YEAR 6 FAMILY BREAKFAST Today, we held Family Breakfast for Year Six. It was great to see so many family members joining us for breakfast – 90 at the last count! Mr Lambert cannot believe his luck- a full English with toast before work! PARENTS’ EVENING Next week, we hope to see lots of you in school when you come to speak to your child’s class teacher. Remember that year Five Teachers will be in the hall – not in their classrooms in the Year Five block. Please come into school via the door at the hall end of the building, not reception. This is an excellent chance for you to find out how your child has settled into their new year group and class and meet their new teacher. Best wishes, Mrs M Greig
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