The Current Governors of Dunstone Primary School
Despite living locally, I am the Branch Manager, Waitrose Truro and thus bring a great deal of people management experience into the world of education. I also support with Health and Safety and am currently the Pupil Premium Governor, ensuring this budget is spent adding as much value as possible. Whilst I have no experience in education, I am a co-opted community Governor; I do bring a real passion to see every child receive the best possible education and use my skills and experience developed in a business environment to support the school - and I thoroughly enjoy my role.
I became a governor in 2011 following my retirement as a manager in a Children’s Services Department. I have been chair of governors for four years and I am the safeguarding and SEN governor.
I want all the children at Dunstone to be safe and happy and achieve the highest standards in their education. I am in school every week to hear children read and to meet with the Headteacher.
Education is a partnership and we need to work together to prepare our children for the future.
What types of Governors are there?
Depending on the category of the school, the governing body will be made up of different numbers and categories of governors. The term of office for each type of Governor is 4 years.
These are the types of Governor at Dunstone at present:
- Parent governors - appointment from parents and carers of children at the school following a selection and interview process.
- Staff governors - selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.
- Co-opted governors - co-opted by Local Governing Board subject to approval of the Trustees.
- Community governors - appointment subject to approval by Trustees.
What are School Governors?
School Governors are people from the school’s community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They must be aged 18 or over at the date of their election or appointment, and there is no upper age limit.
Governors are the largest volunteer force in the county and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.
What Do Governors Do?
Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education, as raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. Heads are chosen by governors - and most heads choose to be governors themselves.
They may also include representatives from the church, charitable trust or business interests.
Numbers vary depending on the school's type or size, and appointments are for four years.
The Governing Body:
- is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
- plans the school's future direction
- selects the Headteacher
- makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
- makes sure the national curriculum is taught
- decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
- makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.