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Meet the Governors

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Mrs. Carol Canary is the Chair of Governors.

You can contact the Chair of Governors c/o the school office. She visits the school weekly and runs the school library in a volunteer capacity.

The Role of the Governors

The three core functions of a governing body as indicated in Ofsted's inspection criteria are setting a strategic direction for the school, creating robust accountability and ensuring financial probity. Governing bodies have a number of statutory duties that need to be fulfilled.

School governors are people who make a positive contribution to the school community by acting as "critical friends". They support and challenge the Headteacher to promote continuous improvement in the school’s performance. They also play a monitoring role asking relevant questions such as

"Is it working?","How do we know it is working?", "As a School, how can we get better?"

Governors need no formal qualifications but bring a range of experience to help our School achieve its vision.

They all have:

  • An interest in the education and well-being of the children
  • A willingness to ask questions
  • The time commitment to attend termly meetings and to get into school to see the children working for themselves
  • A commitment to be part of a team which, by working together, can make a real difference to the school.

Although they are volunteers, they are professional, committed and passionate about what the school does.  Their contribution is voluntary and they generally meet twice a term and visit the school regularly.

Membership of Governing Body - 2018-19

The Governing Body (GB) of Five Elms Primary School consists of the people listed below:

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS Mrs. Carol Canary
VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Ms. Stella Newman

STAFF GOVERNOR Miss Jemma Buckle
ASSOCIATE GOVERNOR Mrs. Carol Dickson
HEADTEACHER Mrs. Barbara Turner
PARENT GOVERNORS

Mr. Bob Armitage

Ms. Olga Munikiene

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS

Mr. Gerry Vincent

Mr. Richard Ash

Ms. Stella Newman

Ms. Dionne Corrodus-Weekes

Mrs. Carol Canary

Mrs. Isabel Eames

1 Vacancy

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR Cllr. Oluwale Martins
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
SEND Ms. Stella Newman
CHILD PROTECTION/SAFEGUARDING/LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN Mrs. Carol Canary
ANTI-BULLYING

Mrs. Carol Canary

CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT

Mr. Bob Armitage

TRAINING & LIASON LINK Mr. Bob Armitage
HEALTH AND SAFETY Mr. Gerry Vincent
CULTURAL EDUCATION Ms. Olga Munikiene
ATTENDANCE Ms. Stella Newman
FINANCE Ms. Dionne Corrodus-Weekes
ENGLISH Mrs. Isabel Eames

What do Governors do?

Together with the Headteacher, Governors are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all children and supports their well-being, they do the following:

  • Set the vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Provide challenge and support to the Headteacher, by holding the Headteacher accountable for educational performance
  • Make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and the School Development Plan
  • Monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budget and staffing
  • Report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations
  • Hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.

Governors fulfil these duties by:

  • Visiting the school on a regular basis;
  • Attending Governor Board meetings that take place twice per term;
  • Asking questions and considering documents prepared by the school;
  • Challenging the Headteacher in a constructive way;
  • Developing and supporting the values of the school.
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