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Governors

The Federation Governing Board

As a Federation, College Park School and Queen Elizabeth ll Jubilee School share a Governing Board which also has oversight of the Training and Outreach Service. 

The Governors are similar to Directors in a business or Trustees in a charity, and act as 'critical friends' to the Executive Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  Governors work with the Executive Headteacher on strategic and developmental issues, and make the tough decisions about balancing resources and improving the quality of provision. Governors visit the schools to meet members of the Senior Leadership Team and to carry out their responsibilities in terms of monitoring and providing oversight. 

Governors appoint the Executive Headteacher. The Executive Headteacher , supported by the two Heads of School and the Training and Outreach Manager is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Federation schools and the Training and Outreach Service including the safeguarding and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.  The Executive Headteacher is accountable to the governing board for all activities undertaken by Federation.

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 the skills, knowledge and experience which they can contribute to the Governing Board and the Federation.

Individual Governors may not act independently. Decisions are the shared responsibility of the Governing Board which is established in law as a corporate body.  

The Governing Board meets four times a year and uses a committee structure to undertake their monitoring and evaluation role.  The membership and terms of reference of committees are reviewed annually. The three committees are: Resources, Standards and Achievement and Parents, Pupils and Partnership. In addition, the Governing Board sometimes form working groups to focus on specific problems or issues.

Governors are committed to understanding the schools and services, the strengths and challenges, so have a formal system for visiting during school hours to look at particular areas of interest or priority. Governors attend events for parents, have regular contact with Federation staff and visit the pupils’ school councils. The Governing Board also undertake training for their roles by attending Tri-borough and National Governors’ Association events.

All Governors are required annually to declare any interests they may have in relevant businesses or other educational establishments. 

Minutes of Full Governing Board meetings and committee meetings are available, if required, in the school office.

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.  As well as having the time to carry out the role, some essential skills and attributes of good Governors are:

  • Commitment to improving education for pupils
  • The ability to work in a professional manner as part of a team and take collective responsibility for decisions
  • Willingness to learn
  • Commitment to the school’s vision and ethos
  • Ability to understand data
  •  Relationship-building skills which encourage team working, facilitate good decision making and ensure productive working relationships

There is a wide range of expertise that can also be useful on a Governing Board: financial management and accountancy, organisational change management, legal, human resources, property/estates management, procurement and contracting services, project management, equal opportunities, special needs, quality assurance & service improvement, risk management, health and safety, marketing and public relations 

If you are interested in becoming a Federation Governor please contact Andy Balmer Executive Headteacher who will send your details to the Chair of Governors. Or write to the chair of governors c/o one of the schools who will then contact you and arrange a meeting to discuss the Governor role and answer any questions you may have.

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