Our Governing Body
Chair of Governors - Mr Nick Girdler
Clerk to Governors - Julie Lumley-Pistor
Mrs Jill Underwood
Mrs Susan McCaig
Mrs Janet Tucker
Mrs Gill Flynn
Mrs Donna Bone
Mrs Judith Wozniak
Mrs Maureen Colyer
Ms Susan Creal
Mrs Sam Yeldon
Mrs Hannah Parkinson
Mrs Janet Tucker
Local Authority Governors
Mr Nick Girdler
Mrs Ailia Ashworth
Mr Andrew Hoare
Mrs Nicola White
Mr Michael Bainbridge (HT)
The Governing Body (GB) together with the Headteacher and senior staff, forms the school Leadership and Management team, and share responsibility for the school. The GB 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.
The GB appoints the Headteacher, and delegates to him responsibility for the day to day running of the school.
Who are the Governors?
Governors are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in the school. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. They are people from various aspects of the school and its wider community and they have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.
Decisions are made by the Board as a whole. Individual governors have no ‘power’ as such and cannot act or speak on behalf of the Governing Body. The term of office for a governor is 4 years. At Titchfield Primary School we have the following numbers and categories of governors:
Staff: There is one staff governor position on the board. This person is elected by the members of staff in school. The head teacher automatically becomes a governor by virtue of their appointment as Headteacher. They can decide not to be a governor if they prefer but their place on the board cannot be taken by anyone else.
Parents: There are two parent governors on the board. The parent governors are elected by the parents of registered pupils in the school.
Co-opted: There are nine co-opted governors on the board. These governors are appointed by the governing body as people who have the necessary skills and expertise to ensure that the governing body is effective.
Local Authority: There is one Local Authority governor on the board. This governor is nominated by the Local Authority and is appointed by the governing body.
What does the work involve?
The GB meets once every half term (currently 7pm to 9pm on a Tuesday).
In addition, there are two committees, Curriculum& Standards and Finance& Resources, who undertake some of the work of the GB. Each governor belongs to one of the committees, and these meet once a term for around 90 minutes per meeting. There are documents that need to be read in preparation for all meetings.
In total, that is 3 meetings (approx 4 hours of meetings) per term, plus reading/research time.
There are also working parties to deal with aspects of work that come up from time to time, such as Special Educational Needs, Equality and Health & Safety.
Each class has an attached governor who regularly goes into school to get to know children and staff and to gain a working knowledge of the school. Governors also go into school on a more official basis to formally monitor aspects of the School Improvement Plan.
There is no longer a legal requirement for Governing Bodies to hold an AGM, but the GB must ensure that it communicates its work to parents and other stakeholders. Each year the GB and senior management team seek to access the views of all stakeholders, particularly parents, pupils and staff. This is achieved in a variety of ways such as newsletters and questionnaires. These views inform planning for improvement. Information about the work of the school is available on the school website (including up-to-date school policies) and through the prospectus.
What qualifications are needed?
No formal qualifications are required, just a desire to put experience and life skills to good use.
What about training?
New governors are given a full induction pack about being a governor at Titchfield Primary School (including a CD of the Guide to the Law for School Governors) and attend an induction course. The Training-Liaison-Governor helps with training needs. If it would be helpful, you will be offered a mentor who can help with any queries/ settling in etc.
Advice is available on-line through the Governors Intranet and through Governor Services at Havant.
It seems like an awful lot of work - why do it?
Most people find it very rewarding to be part of the school team, working in partnership with staff and community to secure the best possible education for the children of Titchfield.
All governors are welcomed and each plays a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community.
The guidelines giving full details about how vacancies are filled, can be seen at the school office. You might also like to look at the information for prospective governors on the Hampshire County Council website www3.hants.gov.uk/education/governors Please note that for the protection of children all governor appointments are subject to a vetting process and identity check.
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