The Governing Body at Redfield Edge Primary School
All schools have a Governing Body. This is made up of:
- two parents elected by other parents with children at the school
- the head teacher;
- teachers elected by other teachers;
- one local authority representative chosen by governors from the local community
- seven co-opted governors appointed by the governing body. This can contain no more than 2 staffThere are twelve governors in total.
School governance is the one of the most important volunteering roles in education and an effective governing body is a great source of strength to a school. School governors make important collective decisions and the governing body is answerable to staff, parents and the community.
The responsibilities of the governing body include:
- Promoting high standards of education and achievement
- Making sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
- Supporting delivery of the school improvement plan (SIP)
- Planning the school’s long-term future
- Setting the school’s aims and values
- Strategic management
- Appointing senior staff, including the head teacher
- Managing the school budget
- Acting as a ‘critical friend’ and ensuring accountability
The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher.
The Governing Body at Redfield Edge
The list below shows current school governors (September 2020).
|Governor Name||Governor Category||Appointed by||Date Appointed||Term of Office||Expiry/Re-signation||Pecuniary Interest|
|Tom Sharp||Parent||Parent Body||21/11/16||4 years||20/11/20||None|
|Catherine Bullock||Co-opted||FGB*||18/01/20||2 years||17/02/22||None|
|Sian Fish||Co-opted||FGB||01/09/20||2 years||31/08/22||None|
|Bronwen Kucharski||Co-opted||FGB||05/06/19||2 years||04/06/21||None|
|Thomas Monks||Co-opted||FGB||05/07/19||2 years||04/07/21||Staff Member|
|Abi Rapsey||Co-opted||FGB||24/01/20||2 years||23/01/22||None|
|David Taylor||Co-opted||FGB||27/01/20||2 years||26/01/22||None|
|Lisa Robinson||Headteacher||N/A||24/04/19||N/A||Staff Member|
|Jessica Griffiths||Associate||FGB||24/01/20||18 months||23/07/21||Staff Member|
|Charlie Walker||Associate||FGB||24/01/20||18 months||23/07/21||Staff Member|
|Molly Caradine||Recruited Clerk||FGB||09/07/19||N/A||N/A||None|
*Full Governing Board ^Local Education Authority.
You don’t need any particular qualifications to be a governor, but you do need commitment and enthusiasm!
As a parent you will have an understanding of other parents’ concerns, as a member of the local community your local knowledge will be valuable as you will have an understanding of what is important to local people. You may have business or other skills that may be helpful to the school.
Some governors have more time than others to commit to the school. Where possible, all attend the regular meetings and are also either on the Financial and Premises Committee or the Curriculum and Staffing Committee.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor you need:
- The ability to work as part of a team
- A desire to make a difference to children’s lives
- A desire to help the community
- An external view
- A willingness to challenge assumptions
- The time to get involved
Being a governor is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. It can give you a sense of satisfaction through knowing children will benefit from your efforts, as well as:
- Improving children’s education and supporting the school’s staff;
- Giving you the opportunity to develop new skills and to strengthen existing ones;
- The opportunity to gain understanding in key areas such as finance, personnel and strategic planning;
- The chance to help other members of the team ;
- The opportunity to learn about the education system as a whole.
If you are interested in some, or all of these things then you would make a good governor! The Governor Support Unit at South Gloucestershire Council provides extra support by running lots of training courses for new and experienced governors.
Annual Governor Statement Annual Governor Statement 2019-20
Governor Roles Governor Roles 2020-21.doc
Governor Meeting Attendance Governor Board Meetings Attendance Record 2019-20
Governor Meeting Attendance Governor Board Attendance Record 2020-21