Welcome to the Governors' section
The role of the Governors
Governors are the school’s critical friends. We work closely with the Headteacher and the staff, providing support and challenge to ensure the best possible education for every child in our school. We have three key roles:
1. Setting a clear vision and ethos for the school, and providing strategic direction;
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the
school, the attainment of our pupils, and the performance management of our staff; and,
3. Overseeing the school’s financial arrangements, and making sure its money is well spent.
We are also responsible for the wide range of policies that every school must have in place. Our own behaviour is governed by a Code of Conduct which you can see here (insert link).
We meet as a Full Governing Body four times per year. You are welcome to view minutes of our recent meetings which are available in the school office.
We work through a system of committees, which meet regularly and report back to Full Governing Body meetings. These committees include:
Admission Committee which meets to consider applications for admission to the school, and to review and update the school’s admission policy and procedures.
Curriculum and Standards Committee which reviews the quality of teaching and assessment, tracks and sets targets for attainment across the school, and ensures that the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum.
Finance and Premises Committee which ensures that the school’s finances and resources are managed effectively in line with the school’s priorities, and reviews the school’s budget and financial procedures and controls.
Inclusion Committee which reviews the school’s work, and use of external funding (including Pupil Premium funding), to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils, the most able, lower-attaining pupils, and those with a Special Educational Need.
Personnel Committee which deals with staff appointment, pay and professional development, and addresses any personnel issues.
Pupils, Parents and Community Committee which focuses on the well-being, behaviour and safety of our children, and communication with our parents and the wider community.
Faith Group which ensures that the Christian distinctiveness of the school is maintained and enhanced.
Some of our governors also hold special link roles, working closely with the school on particular areas, such as safeguarding or equality issues.
Visiting the school and keeping informed
Governors visit the school regularly. We may visit individually, particularly where a governor holds one of the link roles. During the school year we also organise Governors’ Learning Visits where a group of governors visit the school together and focus our attention on a particular issue, such as behaviour or assessment.
We also stay up to date by accessing information, advice and training on issues that we feel we need to know more about. Some of our members also attend meetings for local governors held by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education or the Local Authority (Lambeth), which help us to keep informed and allow us to learn what governors in other schools are doing.
The structure of the Governing Body
Our Governing Body is made up of a total of 16 governors:
3 Parent Governors, who are elected by parents of registered pupils and who must be parents or carers at the time of election. Parent governors do not have to leave if their child leaves during their term of office, but they can if they wish to.
1 Local Authority Governor, who is nominated by the Local Authority (Lambeth).
1 Staff Governor, who is elected by the staff employed to work at the school, both teaching and non-teaching. If they leave the school, a staff governor cannot remain on the governing body.
1 Co-opted Governor who is appointed by the Governing Body.
9 Foundation Governors:
2 appointed by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE),
6 appointed by the Parochial Church Council of Immanuel and St Andrew Church (PCC), and,
The Incumbent Vicar of Immanuel and St Andrew Church.
The Governing Body may also co-opt Associate Members to support the Governor Body with particular skills. Associate Members do not have voting rights in full Governing Body meetings.
You can view our Instrument of Government here (insert link).
Becoming a Governor
There are many ways to become a Governor or Associate Member – just ask the Headteacher or contact one of us in person or via the school office.