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Governors Federation of Westminster Special Schools

About The Governors

The Federation Governing Board

The Federation consists of College Park School, Queen Elizabeth ll Jubilee School and the Training and Outreach Service.  There is one governing board responsible for all aspects of the Federation.

Who are the governors?

School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. They have a range of skills, knowledge and experience including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Financial, resource and project management
  • Human Resources and performance management
  • Education policy and school improvement
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Data analysis
  • Safeguarding
  • Parent and community links
  • Law
  • And many others

The Federation Governing Board comprises:

  • The Executive Headteacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • Two elected parent governors
  • One Local Authority nominated governor
  • Seven co-opted governors who are recruited for their skills, knowledge and experience and what they can contribute to the governing body and the federation.

Individual governors may not act independently. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board which is established in law as a corporate board.  

What does the governing board do?

Federation governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance, and it is governors who work with the Executive Headteacher and senior staff to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objective
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objective
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Executive Headteacher (a critical friend)

The Executive Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

The chair of the governing board leads, manages and supports governors as well as chairing meetings to ensure that statutory duties are met for the benefit of pupils and Federation staff.   

The Federation has three Committees which support the work of the governing board so that business is managed effectively. For more details please click on the links below each:

The Resources Committee has oversight of:

  • The effective use of resources and ensuring that the money is well spent
  • The maintenance and development of the schools’ sites and premises
  • Staffing policies and procedures ensuring good employment practice
  • Health and Safety   
  • The wellbeing of staff
    TERMS OF REFERENCE: Resources Committee

The Standards and Achievement Committee has oversight of:

The Parent, Pupils and Partnership Committee has oversight of:

  • The Federation’s contribution to pupil well-being and healthy lifestyle
  • Parental and Community engagement
  • The behaviour and safety of pupils
  • Attendance and exclusions
  • The Federation working with other agencies
  • The implementation of the new SEN Framework
  • The work of the Outreach and Training Service
    TERMS OF REFERENCE: Parent, Pupils and Partnership Committee

Governors are committed to hearing the views of parents, pupils, staff and other stakeholders . A parents’ forum has been established in each school and Governors attend other events for parents. A staff forum has also been established and governors visit the pupils’ school councils on a regular basis.

To perform their role well governors are expected to:

  • Get to know the schools and services, including visiting the schools during school hours and gain a good knowledge of the schools’ and services strengths and weaknesses
  • Attend induction training and regular relevant training and development events
  • Attend governor meetings and read all papers before the meeting
  • Act in the best interests of all the pupils and the schools and services
  • Behave in a professional manner, as set down by the governing board Standing Orders, Code of Practice and Conduct, including acting in strict confidence when required

What governors do not do:

  • Write school policies
  • Undertake audits of any sort, whether financial or Health and Safety even if the governor has the relevant professional experience
  • Spend much time with pupils as the role is mainly strategic
  • Fundraise
  • Undertake classroom observations to make judgements on the quality of teaching
  • Do the job of federation staff
  • Get involved in the day to day operation of the federation other than to inform strategic decision making.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at the Federation please contact Andy Balmer Executive Headteacher who will contact the Chair of Governors.  Currently there is a vacancy for a parent governor to provide a parent’s perspective for College Park School. 

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