The Governors of the School
|Mrs S Hodson
|Mr A Gilhooley
|Mrs D Holdaway
|Rev J Flitcroft
|Mr S Williams
|Mrs S Walker
|Dr B Looker
|Ms B Scrimshaw
|Mrs R Lewis
|Mrs E Game
|Mrs A Bond
|Mrs K Figgitt
|Clerk to the Governing Body
* All Governors except Associate Governors have voting rights on the full governing body *
* There is no relationship between any Governor and member of the school *
To contact the Chair of Governors, please send a letter marked Private and Confidential, to the Main School Office.
Address: Chair of Governing Body, c/o Oldswinford CE Primary School, Field Lane, Oldswinford, Stourbridge, West Midlands. DY8 2JQ.
The Role of the Governing Body and life as a School Governor
The Department of Education has high expectations of all Governing Bodies. Our Governing Body plays a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education . Fundamentally , our core purpose as defined in law is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement in the school.
The Governing Body is robust in its attention and focus with regards to the following:
Ensuring clarity of vision, developing the School’s Christian ethos and its strategic direction;
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of both the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent;
Governors are expected to act and take decisions that are in the best interests of the school, its pupils and not those of self, any individual or groups. It is important that the Governing Body supports the school with both parents and the wider community.
The Governing Body is responsible with the school to ensure the delivery of a good quality education. It is the children who are at the heart of all that we do. Together with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team who are responsible for the day to day management, Governors set the aims, policies and future direction of the school.
The full governing body meets on two occasions each term, with additional meetings being called as appropriate. During these meetings Governors report on their areas of responsibility. Preparation for governor meetings is of paramount importance. This will involve reading the requisite paperwork and supporting documentation and contributing to the discussion of agenda items. Governors support and challenge the Headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what is best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole.
Indeed, governors are also expected to demonstrate their commitment by getting to know the school and are expected to take personal responsibility for their own ongoing training and development. Training courses are offered both through the Local Authority and the Diocese of Worcester.
To summarise, it’s important that as governors we get things right. How we do our job affects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school and the community.
Above all, whilst the role of a governor at our school is demanding and at times challenging, it is nevertheless very rewarding.