Governance at Herne Bay Junior School
We are a dedicated group of people with differing backgrounds and skills who have a made strong commitment to the pupils and staff of HBJS to ensure the school is the very best it can be.
As the Governing Body we play a vital role ensuring every child receives the best education possible. We achieve this by:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring the budget is effectively spent.
We meet 6 times a year, whilst individual governors visit throughout the year to monitor and report on the school’s progress towards the strategic goals identified in the School Improvement Plan.
We are looking to recruit new Governors, especially those with skills in HR. If you are interested to find out more please contact the school office.
Previous Messages from the Governors can be found on the Letters Page.
The Governors and their roles
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The Role of the Governing Body
While the day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and the Leadership team, we work closely with them on a variety of strategic matters relating to policy, direction and performance.
Every school in the country has a Governing Body. This is a group of people representing the interests of parents, staff, the local authority and the wider community who volunteer their time to work with the school to:
- provide strategic direction for the school
- set policies and procedures
- set and manage the school budget
- recruit and appoint new staff
- share ideas for development and evaluate the school’s work
- set development targets and monitor progress
- deal with serious complaints
The Governing body’s role is to provide support and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and to the Headteacher in moving the school forward, ensuring its success. The Governing Body of a school is accountable for its performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff. All of this is done by governors on a voluntary basis, many of whom do not have a background in education. Governors bring a wide range of experience to the school, including business and finance, parenting experience, further and higher education and administrative expertise.
Above all that they bring energy, commitment, enthusiasm and ideas to share with senior staff in shaping the future of the school.
The roles and responsibilities of governing bodies are clear in law and there is a defined distinction between the responsibilities and powers of the Headteacher and those of the governors.
The Governing Body should take an overview of school development, supporting and challenging the Headteacher and senior staff. The Headteacher is also responsible for forward planning but has a paid responsibility for this and for running the school.
How to become a school governor
The governing body is a voluntary group made up of people dedicated to the improvement of education at Herne Bay Junior School. If you feel you may be interested in getting involved, read on to find out how.
Who can become a school governor?
Any parent of a pupil at Herne Bay Junior School can become a Parent Governor. You need to be 18 or over, a legal resident of the UK and not disqualified under the School Governance Constitution (England) Regulations 2003.
Members of the local community can also become co-opted governors if they hold certain skills.
Why become a school governor?
Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education and a full and diverse governing body can be an enormous strength to the school. Volunteering as a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local children. You will develop transferable skills and learn more about the education system whilst putting existing skills and experience to good use.
How much time do I need to commit?
There are six Full Governing Body Meetings a year which last approximately 2-3 hours. Governors work in pairs or small teams, each taking responsibility for an aspect of the School Improvement Plan, then feeding back the outcomes from monitoring or group meetings to the Full Governing Body. All meetings are held in school in the evening from 7pm onwards. We ask governors to spend some time in school in order to undertake monitoring and familiarise themselves with the running of the school. The minimum expectation is three days a year (most employers allow time off for governor-related duties) although governors can spend more time in school if they wish.
There is also a commitment to attend relevant governor training which normally takes place in the evening. The minimum requirement is at least one training session per year.
How do I apply to become a governor?
If you are not already familiar with the school, then the first step would be to contact the school office and make an appointment to see Mrs Nation, the Headteacher and have a tour of the school. Tel: 01227 374608
Please send a letter of application to The Chair of Governors, Mr. Stuart Bore, Herne Bay Junior School, Kings Road, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5DA. Please include a paragraph explaining why you would be suitable for the role as governor, as this information would be useful to other governors and, in the event of a parent governor election, to the parents of the children in the school.
Useful links for governors
FFT Governor Dashboard: www.fft.org.uk
The new FFT Governor Dashboard is a great ‘support and challenge’ tool for Governors, allowing schools to quickly understand key strengths and weaknesses and make more informed decisions. The dashboard has been produced in partnership with the Wellcome Trust and the National Governors’ Association
National Governor's Association: www.nga.org.uk
Provides support and information to governors, including a useful range of publications and a help-line.
Department for Education: www.gov.uk/dfe
The government department responsible for drawing up and implementing policy at a national level.
The non-ministerial government department responsible for monitoring standards in all maintain schools and Local Authorities in England. School inspections can be found on the website and there is a section on publications.
GEL - Governor's on-line training: www.gelregistration.co.uk
The training on GEL supplements conventional face to face training rather than replacing it. It provides an opportunity for governors to access training more easily from their own homes, offices and schools and promote discussion about a range of topics in governors' meetings.
Modern Governor: www.moderngovernor.com
Modern Governor has been designed to help School Governors develop their knowledge and skills through e-learning and is being used by thousands of both newly appointed and established School Governors nationwide. The e-learning is interactive and engaging, using scenario based material to make the subjects come alive.
Policies and documents
Copies of governing body minutes are available upon request. Please contact the school office.