Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
The Governing Body
The Governing Body has a responsibility to oversee the effective management of the school and ensure the school fulfils all statutory obligations.
David James (Chair), Mark Hill, Neil Manson, Nigel Helm (HT), Lou Wilson (CoG)
Inclusion and Pastoral Care:
Carley Adams (Chair), Joe Curtis, Helen Wallis, Nigel Helm (HT), Louise Wilson
David James (Chair), Carley Adams and Neil Manson
Pupil Discipline & Exclusion:
David James, Joe Curtis, Lou Wilson
Admissions and Appeals:
David James, Joe Curtis, Lou Wilson
Headteacher Performance Management:
Louise Wilson and Melanie Bright
3 eligible governors
Staff Disciplinary Appeals:
3 eligible governors
Specific Areas of Responsibility
Health and Safety
EYFS and Key Stage 1
Systems & Processes
Staff and Pupil Wellbeing
Who School Governors are
Governing bodies are made up of all sorts of people who contribute in many different and complementary ways.
Almost anyone can be a school governor, unless they are:
under 18, or
disqualified because of such things as bankruptcy and recent prison sentence
What Governors do
Governing bodies have a very wide range of powers and responsibilities. They include supporting the school in five key areas:
employment of staff
oversight of the curriculum
use of financial resources
welfare of pupils
up-keep of the premises
In an effective governing body, governors make strategic decisions:
set the framework for decision making by setting policy and budgeting to meet priorities;
keep informed about what the school is doing to implement policy and what is happening to monitor and evaluate the quality of education experienced by the children;
regularly evaluate their own performance and seek ways to become more effective
Governors at Longfleet:
meet as a full governing body once a half term
meet as a smaller committee (either ‘Teaching and Learning’ or ‘Resources’) once a half term
may be linked to a specific area of school life e.g. Literacy, Maths, SEN, Boys, Collective Worship
will often visit the school for a variety of different activities e.g. assemblies, celebrations, INSET days, walking tours of the school
Governors are NOT responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. This is the job of the Headteacher and staff.
If you would like to speak to the Chair of Governors please send a request via the school office. Governors will usually also be available on Parents Evenings.
Could You Be a Governor?
The governing body includes parents and professionals from all walks of life. If you think you would like to help the school evolve, the documents below give an introduction to the role and responsibilities of Governors.
More general information about being a governor can be found on these websites here:
Adopted by the Governors of Longfleet Primary School - September 2021
Business Ethics and Declaration of Interests
It is important that the governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. In May 1996 the Nolan Committee published a report on standards in public life as applicable to local public spending bodies, including schools. The report identified seven principles, which should be applied in public life. These are: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. One important means by which a school may demonstrate that it is applying these principles is by maintaining a Register of Business Interests.
The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and the interests of the school. Paragraph 2.9 of the “Scheme of Local Management of Schools” requires that a register of business interests must be maintained for both Governors and the Headteacher (and staff with significant financial responsibilities), which must be freely available for inspection by governors staff and parents.
The register must include all business interests such as directorships, share holdings and other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation, which may have dealings with the school. The disclosures should also include business interests of relatives and other individuals who may exert influence. Schools should ensure the register is up to date and complete, includes all governors and relevant staff and in this regard signed and dated nil returns are also required.
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