Eskdale Junior School Governors
Who Are We?
We come from a variety of different backgrounds, with a range of experience. Working together, we try to make sure that the school provides the best quality education possible, to help all of our children achieve their potential.
Parent Governors (voted for by parents)
Community Governors (representing the diversity of the local community and school)
Local Authority Governors (appointed by the Local Authority)
Staff Governors (voted for by the school staff)
Co-opted Governors (to fill a need identified by other governors)
The Head Teacher is also on the governing body.
What Do Eskdale’s Governors Do?
As well as supporting the head teacher and staff, the governors challenge decisions by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what’s best for the children and the school.
Governors each have their own particular responsibilities, e.g. a curriculum area, or a whole school theme which has been identified for development.
All classes in the school have their own ‘linked’ governor.
Every governor makes structured monitoring visits, plus informal supportive visits to the school, during each term. These help us to form a view of how things are going.
We all meet together, at least once a term, to review standards.
In addition, governors can belong to 1 or 2 subcommittees, depending upon their preferences and strengths; these committees are: (Pupils and Personnel/Strategic Development)(Finance and General Purposes)
To find out more about Eskdale’s Governors, look at the pictures and profiles in the school entrance foyer.
Why Do We Have School Governors?
A governing body’s main role is to help raise school standards.
The Core Strategic Functions of a School’s Governing Body are:
Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP)
To formulate, for the approval of the Governing Body, strategies and policies for the effective management and control of the financial affairs of the School, including arrangements for accounting and auditing; to oversee asset and property management; to determine the staff complement. The F&GP sets, manages and reviews the School Budget. The committee monitors and evaluates financial procedures in line with current guidelines and best practice. It also has an overview of the school’s health and safety priorities, the school fund and the school inventory. It reviews pay and conditions as well as Appraisal.
Pupils, Personnel and Strategic Development Committee (P&P)
The P&P monitors curriculum policy and scrutinises school outcomes data. The committee monitors and evaluates pupil welfare, including Child Protection and SEND and Pupil performance/progression. The committee also contributes to school improvement planning and reviews the progress of annually-set priorities. The committee also approves staffing structures for academic years.