Governance at Herne Bay Junior School
Welcome from Co-Chair of Governors.
As a parent of two former pupils, I have known for some time that Herne Bay Junior School is a special place. This knowledge is reaffirmed by the compliments received from the advisors, inspectors, parents of prospective pupils, and teachers from other schools who come to visit. All highlight the warmth and positive disposition of the children, of their keenness to learn, to share and to participate.
As co-chair of the governing body, I know that such compliments are hard won given the challenges that the School must overcome to sustain such a bright and productive environment. Like all schools, it works in an uncertain funding climate, must support an inclusive but challenging curriculum, and ensure that academic achievement does not overshadow mental and physical well-being. Parental input into how the School is run helps maintain balance and realism, and ensures that the needs of the children come before everything else - shaping the values and ethos of the School, helping build the path to higher pupil achievement, aspiration and resilience, and helping the School to remain a core element of the Town’s lifeblood.
With my thanks and best wishes,
Professor David Wilkinson
Co-Chair of Governors
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. 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.