Response to Parent Survey:
As mentioned last week the governors recently met for a full governing body meeting. Lots was discussed at this meeting, including the responses from the parent questionnaire that was handed out during the consultation evenings in October. There were some very positive responses and also some great suggestions on how the school could further improve. We will be publishing more details of this on the website in the coming weeks.
Response to Parent Survey:
Last night all of the school Governors met for the second autumn term Full Governing Body meeting. The main focus of the meeting was to hear updates on the current successes of the school and what the school is working on to improve. The meeting was also focused on the governors themselves – where a few changes are taking place. We are pleased to announce that Mrs S Mansour was voted in as co-chair of the Governors to work alongside Mrs B Featherby for the rest of the school year.
We are really excited about these changes and looking forward to the Governors being more actively involved in the school.
The Governors are looking forward to a big week next week when they will be meeting for their second full Governing Body (FGB) meeting of the year. All governors will be in attendance and there are a lot of exciting topics to be covered – including a new timetable for Governor involvement in the school and new Governor roles. I look forward to updating you on some of the key information discussed next week.
You may have seen from our Twitter feed that on the last evening before the half term the parent governor election voting process was completed. A big thank you to Mrs Dam-Capel (y1 &4) and Mr Green (Y3 & 5) who put themselves forward for this role.
Congratulations to Mr Green who was successful in being elected. We are looking forward to welcoming a new member to our governing body.
For those of you who came last night to parent consultations you may have seen some of the school governors welcoming you into the building. Over both parent consultation evenings, the governors have (and will again tonight) be asking all parents to complete a short questionnaire, which gathers your thoughts on The Lea and its work.
Thank you for your time completing this and thank you governors for your time in helping collect this information. The governors responsible for engagement will be analysing all of this information and identifying how The Lea can improve even further – you will hear about this soon in the newsletter!
This week has been a busy one in the governors organisation. As you will have read, there is currently a vacancy for a parent-governor and two candidates have put their names forward to be selected (Stephen Green and Sophie Dam-Capel). The voting process has been made clear in the letter sent to you already but I would like to use this opportunity to explain the different types of governors that a school can have.
All maintained schools in England have a governing body made up of a mix of 3 type of governors.
- Firstly staff governors, these are elected members of staff who represent the school staff on the governing body.
- Secondly are co-opted governors – a co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
- The third are parent governors – a parent governor is an elected representative of the parents at a school.
All types of governors contribute equally to the running of the governing body.
In last weeks ‘Spotlight on the Governors’ section we shared the governors clerk, Sylvia Marcus, clerked her final meeting at the school. This meeting was a resources committee meeting – at these meetings, governors have a responsibility to agree and monitor the school’s plans and priorities, and make effective use of resources whilst fully supporting the staff body.
This week’s spotlight is on Gordon Rennoldson. Gordon is chair of the resources committee and has been a governor at The Lea for 11 years. In that time, he has given invaluable service to the school and we are very grateful for his time. Gordon also volunteers every Monday afternoon in year 5, which is incredibly generous of him. If you get chance to speak to Gordon at parents consultations, I am sure he will be more than happy to talk to you about the role of being a governor.