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Downsview Community Primary School - Governing Board

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Governing Board

Governing Board

The Governing Board, Headteacher and senior staff form the school Leadership and Management team and share responsibility for the school.  The Governing Board must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves.  It must ensure that all resources (including the school budget and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all children and provide value for money.  Governors help to form the School Improvement Plan and are responsible for monitoring all aspects of its effectiveness in terms of outcomes for pupils.

Who are the Governors?

The Governing Board is made up of 4 groups who represent the stakeholders of the school: staff, parents, the community and the Local Authority.  This range of people is intended to provide a broad and balanced selection of viewpoints and to represent each sector of the school’s community. Governors are volunteers. An effective Governing Board will have members who have a wide range of experience and a variety of skills to offer their school. They typically have a term of office of for four years and during this time will have a variety of responsibilities.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

The constitution of the Governing Board is:

The Headteacher

6 Co-opted Governors

1 Local Authority (LA) Governor

1 Staff Governor

2 Parent Governors

There is one Associate Member on the board, who has specific responsibility for monitoring Health and Safety at a strategic level.   

The Governing Board has two main committees – the Resources Committee and the Achievement and Standards Committee.  Governors have monitoring and other individual responsibilities and report back to meetings on their activities.

These are the people in post, with their terms of office and governor responsibilities:

The Clerk to the Governors is Karen Fitzpatrick.

If you wish to contact the Governing Board please address correspondence to the Chair of Governors or the Clerk to Governors C/O the school. 

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please enquire at the school office and we will contact you to talk about what the role involves and the opportunities that are available.  At the present time we are very keen to recruit governors from the local community.

The document below provides details of:

  • Governors, terms of office and responsibilities
  • Business Interests
  • Attendance at Governor Meetings

Downsview Community Primary School - Governor Information: September 2020