The 1986 and 1988 Education Acts gave governors a key role in the management of the school and brought in more parents and members of the business community.
Governors serve a 4 year term of office. They meet for formal meetings once a term. Please note that governors are not representatives, but simply come from within the school and local community. Obviously, any concerns should be addressed with the school (see previous complaints procedure).
When Parent-Governors are elected all parents are eligible to stand and all parents are eligible to vote. You are invited to do this by letter. Please do not hesitate to ask if you would like to know more about the Governing Body. The Governing Body includes the Head teacher, a teaching and a non-teaching member of staff.
Governors at Upland primary School have a clear vision of how the school fits into the local community and they support the ways in which the staff, pupils and parents strive for the best possible standards.
By working alongside the school we can help to make sure that a wide variety of views and opinions shape some of the key decisions about how the school develops.
“Our vision is to develop children’s active and creative minds, through fun, inspiring opportunities to learn. We will develop confident lifelong learners with skills to tackle the present and the future”.
First of all, members of Upland Primary School Governing Body wish you a warm welcome.
We are the strategic leaders of Upland Primary school and we have a vital role to play in making sure every child at Upland gets the best possible education. We do this by:
- Ensuring the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clear;
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
- We work closely with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and is a member of the governing body. When inspected, Ofsted will evaluate how effectively governors, and those with a similar responsibility, challenge and hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure financial stability.
Our responsibilities include:
- Creating and reviewing the school development plan
- determining aims, policies and priorities for the school
- approving and analysing the school budget
- setting statutory and non-statutory targets e.g. absence or pupil attainment
- monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
- challenging weaknesses and underperformance
- reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
- securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
- ensuring pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, to prepare them for the future
- ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff
- through performance management ensuring the Head Teacher is achieving her objectives in line with the school development plan
Upland Primary School Governing Body comprises the Head Teacher, one teaching member of staff, one member of the support staff, three Local Authority governors, four community governors, and five parent governors. The Deputy Head Teacher attends all meetings as an observer (he does not have a vote).
The different types of governor are explained as follows:
- Local Authority (LA) Governors: appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the school.
- Community Governors: appointed by the governing body to represent the community. A community governor does not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of education, nor do they need to have children.
- Parent Governors: elected onto the governing body by other parents from the school, and are usually parents of children in attendance at the school.
- Staff Governors: elected onto the governing body by staff at the school.
The governor notice-board within the school reception area displays photos of all the governors. We actively take steps to fill any vacancies.
We have a regular programme of visits to the school, enabling us to engage with children and staff and we report our findings to the senior leadership team. We attend parent’s evenings and other school events and welcome the opportunity to talk to parents and other members of the school community. Governors can be contacted via the school office.
- Mrs V Sengupta Head teacher
- Mrs E Dawes Parent (Chair)
- Mrs S Hancock Support staff
- Mr M Anderson Parent
- Mrs E Johnson Parent (Vice Chair)
- Mrs C Watkins Parent
- Mr J Browning Local Authority
- Mr K Down Community
- Mr K Palmer Community
- Mr D MacGlew Community
- Mrs D Hooker Community
- Mr A Twyman Deputy Head