A Message from Your Joint Chairs of Governors
The Federation of Great Ellingham and Rocklands Schools means that we have two schools sharing one governing body.
We hope that you will look at the governor section of our schools' websites to find out more about how we operate.
We are somewhat unusual in that the position of Chair of Governors is shared jointly between the two of us. We have two Vice-Chairs also, and find that this works well.
We are privileged to be working with our fellow governors and members of staff in each school to offer the best possible educational experience to our pupils. We greatly value the all-important support of parents who also want the very best for their children.
Please be mindful that it is the teachers, with reference to the Executive Head if necessary, who usually deal with schools issues. However, we are always available to discuss with you any school-related matters and will also be pleased to explain the work of governors.
We can be contacted by email on email@example.com or through either of our school offices.
Rocklands: 01953 483369
Great Ellingham: 01953 453342
HUGH COLLIER DAVID JONES
What is the role of school governors?
The Department for Education (DfE) expectations of governance are outlined in three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
How do governors do this?
- They work closely with the appropriate external agencies to appoint a suitable head teacher.
- They both challenge and support the head teacher to ensure that their schools continue to progress.
- They ask searching questions of the head teacher whilst respecting her position as a professional school leader.
- They are responsible for monitoring and managing the performance of the head teacher.
- They make decisions together on matters such as school performance, including setting and monitoring appropriate targets for academic progress and attendance.
- They have input to and monitor school development and improvement plans.
- They make sure that important school policies are appropriately worded and up to date and monitor the impact of these policies.
- They ensure that schools are compliant with legal requirements, including disability access and equality of opportunity.
- They oversee school budgets and staffing.
- Governors are responsible for ensuring that schools use Pupil Premium and Sports Grants appropriately and to the maximum benefit of the pupils.
- They ensure that pupils with special needs are adequately supported.
- They report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.
- They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.
- They consider complaints from parents in instances where standard procedures have failed to resolve them.
- They monitor the quality and safety of school premises and work to keep these “fit for purpose”.
- They are all DBS checked, trained in safeguarding and ensure that all appropriate safeguarding systems are in place.
- As well as holding meetings of the full governing body at least once a term, our governors also serve on two main committees: Resources (which includes finance, staffing and premises) and School Improvement/Curriculum School Improvement (which includes monitoring data relevant to pupils progress and attendance, comparing this with other schools and monitoring strategies for improvement, mainly set out in the school improvement and development plan. Individual governors are allocated to key areas of subject monitoring, which is carried out using set pro formas.
- Governor training is provided by attendance at in-house sessions, individuals travelling to courses offered by external agencies, by regular use of websites and by attendance at relevant external meetings.
- A professional clerk attends meetings of full governors and committee meetings and is able to offer advice and guidance as well as producing minutes.
Responsible governance includes planning for schools’ stability and sustainability well into the future, with a requirement to keep well-informed about the shape of education in the future. The Federation of Governors of Great Ellingham and Rocklands Schools, with our shared Executive Head teacher supported by a Deputy Head teacher in each school, helps us to achieve this.
Please click on the links below for the most recent governor's report, the record of terms and responsibilities and details of the Instrument of Government.