Become a Governor with us!
Lyneham Primary School needs enthusiastic and committed people to make important decisions on school budget and how money will be spent, to ensure the requirements of the national curriculum are met by the School and set targets, monitor achievement and ensure standards are improving. People can be drawn from the wider community who have an interest in education and a useful contribution to make; this might include business people or representatives of local community groups or religious bodies.
What do governing bodies do?
Together with the Headteacher, they:
> Decide the aims and objectives for the School
> Review pupils' achievement and set targets for improvement
> Approve the School budget
> Decide how staff will be selected
> Ensure the national curriculum and religious education are taught
> Approve School policies
> Make sure children with special needs have access to the curriculum
> Act as a link between the School and the community it serves
> Keep parents informed
> Consider complaints from parents
> Ensure the School is well maintained
> Ensure health & safety requirements are met.
Pupil's achievements, staff morale and the School's reputation will be affected by the role the Governing Body plays. That's why we need our Governing Body to be supportive and be able to manage reactive issues quickly. Governors need to be proactive with influencing and making difficult decisions, asking complex questions and being responsible for their actions.
Who can become a governor?
Every school has a governing body. Governors are volunteers, usually appointed for four years. They work together and all decisions are shared - that means they don't have to worry about individual liability.
The governing body includes
> Parents - elected by other parents at the School
> School staff - elected by their colleagues
> The Headteacher
> People drawn from the wider community who have an interest in education and a useful contribution to make; this might include business people or representatives of local community groups or religious bodies.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people who want to make a contribution to their community, use their skills, enjoy working as part of a team, are enthusiastic and committed to Lyneham Primary School. Applications are inclusive of everyone and it is not necessary to have a professional experience in education.
How much time is required?
Lyneham Primary School Governors hold six meetings a year (known as Full Governing Body meetings) and each Governor serves on one of two committees, who meet six times a year. We do not meet in August. Meetings are held in School on Tuesday evenings from 6pm. Also daytime School visits are required a couple of times during the year and background reading will be needed prior to meetings.
What support is available?
The role of governor can be challenging at times and there are training and support facilities available. At Lyneham we are currently reviewing our Induction programme and Governors have access to the Wiltshire Governor Support Services who offer a wide range of relevant training courses at a variety of times, days and venues.
The Governing Body will meet all reasonable claims for expenses incurred by Governors in the performance of their duties.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, or would just like to learn more, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please contact the Chair of Governors,via the School Office, on 01249 890413 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org