What do our committees do at Chorlton CofE Primary?
The Governing Body (GB) has 12 members:
- 3 Parent Governors (elected by the parents/carers of pupils)
- 3 Foundation Governors (chosen by the Parish/Diocese and including the vicar of St Clement's Church)
- 1 Local Authority Governor (selected by the LA)
- 1 Staff Governor (elected by the school staff)
- 1 Head Teacher
- 3 Co-opted Governors (appointed by the GB)
The Governing Body may also appoint Associate Governors with specific skills needed to supplement the Governing Body or its committees.
There are four Full Governing Body meetings a year, where all decisions and policies are discussed and approved. There are two committees which meet four times a year and make recommendations to the full Governing Body: the School Improvement Plan (SIP) Committee and the Resources Committee (responsible for finance and staffing).
All governors are members of the Governing Body and they also attend either SIP or Resources Committee. The Head Teacher attends all the meetings, and our financial service advisor attends Resources Committee. We also have a clerk who attends all the meetings and is responsible for preparing minutes and organising related paperwork, and advising on procedural matters.
- Full Governing Body minutes
- Resources Committee minutes
- School Improvement Plan (SIP) Committee minutes
As well as our regular meetings, we are involved in the following:
- We organise an annual school open evening, working with the PTA and school staff, to which all parents, carers and pupils are invited.
- The Head Teacher has regular briefing meetings with the Chair of Governors and also with chairs of the committees when needed.
- We can access formal training courses run by Manchester City Council as well as informal training 'get togethers' which we organise amongst ourselves.
- Some of us have responsibilities as 'link governors' for particular activities in the school. Link governors liaise with relevant staff in school in order to learn more about how the topic is taught or the policy implemented, to share ideas and to feed these discussions back into our committees.