I feel very honoured to be the Chair of Governors at Christ Church Primary School. We are very fortunate to have a small, dedicated team of Governors who volunteer their time as they are passionate about making the school a success for its pupils, staff and the wider community. Although a very friendly ‘bunch’, we take our role as supporters and critical friends of the school very seriously and believe that effective school governance is at the centre of a successful and happy school community.
Despite the constraints of the current, financial economic climate, Christ Church Primary School’s learning environment has continued to thrive and prosper. We completed our building work in 2016 allowing us to offer a 2 form entry (60 pupils) into each year group. We now have in excess of 370 pupils on roll and we are seeing the school steadily grow as pupils come up through the ranks! The whole school community has worked hard to build on our previous ‘Good’ with outstanding features OFSTED rating.
We are so very fortunate to have a very strong, dedicated and gifted teaching team, who we want to develop and nurture in the same way as our pupils. This is led by Clare Jones, our wonderful Headteacher and her high performing management team. Our amazing staff work tirelessly to deliver an excellent academic journey with a plethora of enrichment activities to help grow the confidence of our children in many broad areas. On top of this, we have really pushed our sports agenda over the last few years and our many medals and sports prizes are testament to this. We are also very lucky to work alongside our amazing PTA, who give up so much of their time to organise so many events that bring together the school and local community, at the same time as raising vital extra funding for the school.
Together, as one big team, we all strive to provide all pupils with the means to achieve their maximum potential, in a vibrant and inspirational educational environment, where they are nurtured and developed as individuals in a school with a strong Christian ethos and emphasis on core moral values.
We all recognise, that the next period will not be without its challenges. As an Ofstead Inspection looms and we are under continual pressure to ‘balance the books’ with unspecified national funding cuts, we, as a team, we will do everything we can to support the school and its pupils to continue in their path of high achievement.
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Chair of Governors
Vice Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor, Chair of TLA Commitee
Parent Governor, Chair of Finance Commitee
Objective of the Governing Body:
The Governing Body has three primary roles:
To provide strategic direction for the school
To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher and the senior leadership team
To ensure accountability
The Governing Body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day to day management, the governing body carries out its role by setting the vision, aims and policies for the school. The governing body then ensures that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.
Structure of the Governing Body:
The Governing body of our school is made up of parent, community, staff, local authority and foundation governors. When vacancies arise for Governors, these are advertised within the school and local community.
The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once each term. The Governors are responsible for setting specific policies, adopting and monitoring the budget, authorising expenditure, evaluating the performance of the school by the use of pupil progress and other measures, and making decisions about the running of the Academy and staff appointments.
The FGB establishes an overall framework for the governance of the Academy and determines membership, terms of reference and procedures of Committees and other groups. It receives reports including policies from its Committees for ratification. It monitors the activities of the Committees through the minutes of their meetings.
Governing Body Minutes
Minutes from the previous 12 months can be read by following the appropriate links. If you wish to read minutes from any earlier meetings please contact the Clerk using the governors' email address above.
Clerk to Governors
There are 2 sub-committees, meeting once a term, operating as follows:
- Finance and Resources Committee - responsible for monitoring and reviewing policy and performance in relation to financial management, compliance with reporting and regulatory requirements and reporting, receiving reports from the Responsible Officer and drafting the annual budget including setting staffing levels. It also incorporates the role of an audit committee and is responsible for Health and Safety.
- Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee - monitors, evaluates and reviews Academy policy, practice and performance in relation to curriculum planning, target setting and assessment. It particularly focuses on the Raise Online statistics and the trends in our pupils' performance as shown by them. The committee also considers pastoral issues and the ethos of the school, which include safeguarding/child protection, the provision for pupils with special educational needs, attendance and punctuality, as well as the broader issues of personal development and well-being for all.
The Trustees and FGB have devolved responsibility for day-to-day management of the Academy to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The SLT comprises the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, EYFS, KS1 and KS2 Leaders and the Business Manager. The SLT implement the policies laid down by the Governors and report back to them on performance.
Communication with Governors
The schools Governors are listed adjacent. Please feel free to approach any of the Governors or email firstname.lastname@example.org with concerns or ideas that you would like to raise. The governors do not get involved in the day-to-day management of the school but please do raise constructive ideas on improvements to the functioning of the school. Please note that it is not appropriate to raise issues concerning an individual child. These should be raised with class teachers or the Headteacher and there is a school policy on how to resolve issues.
Three times a year the Governors will issue a newsletter to the school community outlining the current focus of the Governing Body. Minutes of the FGB meetings will be posted on the school website once they are ratified at the subsequent FGB.