“Leaders, including governors, use assessment information accurately to identify the school’s strengths and areas for development. Governors are knowledgeable about the work of the school. They hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance, including the use of funding to support disadvantaged pupils.”
What is the Governing Body?
Every school has a Governing Body, which is made up of representatives of the local community who give their time and services to the school. The governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds; and do not have to have experience in education. Governors volunteer their time, and the main requirement for the role is the desire to see the school and its pupils succeed in their education and achieve their individual potential.
The Full Governing Body meets eight times a year to discuss and review any current issues at the school and to look forward to the year ahead.
What role do the Governors play at Southmead Primary?
The Governing Body has responsibilities and duties with regard to policy making and management of the school. They oversee the running of the school by setting aims and objectives for the school, creating policies and agreeing targets. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school; instead, the governing body acts as a “critical friend” to the head teacher by providing advice and support. Any questions or issues relating to a particular lesson, subject, pupil or class should be referred to the relevant teacher or the head teacher.
The kinds of issues investigated by governors include:
How are children developing academically?
Are they making appropriate progress?
Are all pupils, regardless of age, background or ability, given the appropriate support and opportunity to succeed?
How much money does the school have to spend?
How is the money being spent?
Is the school getting good value for money?
Are the premises safe and fit for purpose?
What burden is being placed on teachers?
Do they have appropriate time, training and resources to do their job?
Whilst most issues and concerns should be referred to the head teacher, governors can provide further information or advice on their role where appropriate. Governors often attend school events so can be approached there, or they can be contacted via the school Administrator.
How to become a Governor
All Governors are elected for a period of four years. Vacancies arise as individuals’ terms come to an end. If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.
Governors Annual Statement
Please scroll down to read about the work that Southmead's Governors have completed during the last school year.
About our Governing Body
Under statutory reconstitution, which happened in Oct 2019, the structure is as follows:
12 governors on the FGB, made up of:
1 Headteacher (N Plumb)
1 Staff Member (Annie Da Silva)
1 LEA representative (Jennefer Whitley)
2 Parent Governors (A Duthuit + S Bridle)
2 Foundation Governors (Sarah Nicholls + one vacancy)
5 Co-opted Governors: (Judith Carter, Brad Bunyard + three vacancies).
NB All Governors have a four year term of office (except for the Headteacher, whose is ongoing)
WORK OF SOUTHMEAD GOVERNING BODY 2018 / 19.
Governors at Southmead School work hard to support the school community and to hold the senior management team to account for both standards and pupils’ performance and for use of resources. Over the past year they have been directly involved in:
• Regular monitoring and review of School Policies.
• Regular visits to school, meeting with Lead Teachers and other staff to monitor and oversee Health & Safety, Security, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, PE, Pupil Performance, Assessment and Behaviour Management.
• Regular monitoring of pupil progress data.
• Meeting with External Advisors to deliver Headteacher Induction and Appraisal.
• Monitoring staff performance management procedures through the Pay and Performance Committee.
• Monitoring the Budget and implementing Benchmarking procedures to ensure value for money compared to similar schools.
• Attending training sessions, led by Babcock LDP Governor Services and NDTSA North Devon Governor Hub, to increase knowledge and expertise in offering support and challenge to the school.
• Supporting staff wellbeing and ensuring appropriate support and care is in place.
• Monitoring national changes to policy and maintaining an awareness of local community developments.
• Monitoring the School Improvement Plan.
• The establishment of the Braunton Learning Co-Operative Trust.
The Governors’ Meetings are held every half term. These meetings are held in public and any member of the public is welcome to attend. Those of the school community including parents and carers are encouraged to attend. Visitors sit in the public area to listen to the discussion. Those in the public area cannot participate in the meeting and will be asked to leave if matters of a confidential matter are discussed. If you would be interested in attending a meeting of the Full Governing Body please contact Elaine McIntosh, the Clerk to the Governors, via the school office and she will be delighted to discuss this with you.