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Governors

What is school governance?

In the UK, all maintained schools have a governing body to ensure strategic leadership and accountability.  The core functions of the governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding school leaders to account for educational performance, and the effective performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

What do CHPS school governors do?

School governors make a valuable contribution to school life and children’s education.  They are volunteers, working co-operatively with school staff to oversee all aspects of education at CHPS.  Governors bring their own experience, knowledge and skills to support and challenge the school, so that it improves for pupils and staff.  Governors gain new insights and skills which can be useful for their own professional and personal development.

The core responsibilities of a CHPS school governor are to:

  • Attend full governing body meetings, reading documents and preparing questions in advance (evening meetings, currently online)
  • Attend committee meetings (if appointed to a committee)
  • Have at least one link governor area e.g. curriculum, SEND / Pupil Premium, collective worship, safeguarding, well-being, finance, premises. Governors carry out school visits to monitor their link area, reporting back to the governing body.
  • Participate in ongoing training and governor development.

You can find out more about the role of school governors here: https://www.nga.org.uk/Governance-Recruitment/Be-a-school-governor-or-trustee.aspx

 

Who can become a school governor?

Anyone aged 18 or over can be a governor (with some exceptions). There is no requirement for you to be a parent or to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary interest, skills and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available. Schools benefit from a range of professional knowledge and experience on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, marketing and public relations, property management, and organisational change. 

 

At CHPS we have five types of governors who work together on the governing board – staff governors, parent governors, local authority governor, co-opted governors and foundation governors.  Foundation governor appointments are approved by the Diocese of Ely and carry an additional responsibility to develop and uphold the Christian ethos and character of the school.

 

If you are interested in becoming a CHPS governor please contact Dr Kate Baker – Chair@cherryhinton.cambs.sch.uk

 

Structure and remit of the CHPS governing body and committees

Full Governing Body (FGB)Chaired by Dr Kate Baker

FGB meets six times a year. It receives reports from the Headteacher and committee chairs, and monitoring reports from link governors. Governors discuss and approve the School Development Plan and policies that are reserved for the FGB, review school performance indicators, and discuss issues that affect the school's progress and how these issues will be managed.

Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee (FPP)Chaired by Chris Hudson and Clair Parsons

FPP meets four times per year. This committee is responsible for financial oversight, and issues relating to the school's buildings and grounds. It is also concerned with key management issues, such as human resources, staff pay awards and legal compliance.

Curriculum Committee – Chair vacant

Curriculum Committee meets four times per year. This committee is responsible for reviewing and approving Curriculum Policy, SEND and pupil premium provision, pupil attainment and curriculum spending. 

Head Teacher Performance Management CommitteeChaired by Rev Karin Voth Harman

This committee manages an annual appraisal cycle whereby the governing board monitors and evaluates the progress of the headteacher in meeting agreed objectives and achieving strategic priorities.

 

Governors who have served on the CHPS governing body from January 2021

Full name

Appointment type

Appointed by

Date of appointment

Term of office

Date stepped down

Ms Sally Haiselden

Headteacher

FGB

12/09/2019

 

 

Ms Paula Hnat

Staff

FGB

1/11/2018

4 years

 

Mr Stephen Howarth

LA

FGB

7/4/2018

4 years

6/4/2022

Dr Kerry Calvo

Parent

FGB

1/11/2018

4 years

 

Mrs Susan Condie

Parent

FGB

1/9/2019

 

4 years

17/4/2022

Mrs Lorna Torkington

Parent

FGB

1/10/2019

4 years

 

Mr James Mawby

Parent

FGB

17/11/2020

4 years

 

Professor David Ford

Foundation

St Andrew’s, Cherry Hinton PCC

1/11/2018

4 years

 

Mrs Clair Parsons

Foundation

St Andrew’s, Cherry Hinton PCC

17/11/2020

4 years

 

Rev Karin Voth Harman

Foundation

Diocese of Ely

1/9/2016

Ex officio

 

Dr Kate Baker

Co-opted

FGB

7/7/2020

4 years

 

Mr Chris Hudson

Co-opted

FGB

17/11/2020

4 years

 

Ms Karis Cooper

Co-opted

FGB

17/11/2020

4 years

 

Mrs Marie-Ann Kyne-LilleyLALA/FGB26/4/20224 years 

 

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions –
  • Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives -
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