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Our Governors

Welcome to the Governing Body of Westvale Primary School. We are a committed team who are dedicated to raising standards and achieving better outcomes for all our stakeholders. Through strong skills sets, knowledge, experience and ongoing training each member of the Governing Body has something vital to bring to the team.

We are very fortunate in having committed and dedicated governors at Westvale Primary School who take their role seriously. Westvale Primary School

Governing body provides strategic leadership for our school and have a critical role in making sure every child gets the best possible education through:

  1. Ensuring Clarity of vision, ethos and strategic development
  2. Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Governors, along with the Headteacher and Senior Staff, form the Leadership Team of the school. They have a crucial role in ensuring the school is successful in meeting the needs of all its pupils and achieving high standards.

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts:-·

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s delegated budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. A number of Governors also have responsibilities for specific areas within the school such as Safeguarding, SEND, Inclusion, Finance and Health and Safety.

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management. Statutory Policies are available on the website.

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff, and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the full range of academic and social objectives.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Hooshang Rahmani who can be contacted via the clerk to governors, Carol Owen at [email protected]

The Governing body take a very active role in school life and support school improvement via meetings and audits. As a result they take a full and active role in supporting the school. The Governors have several meetings each term and also attend INSET days on planning and audit days on school improvement.

The Chair and Vice Chair complete Thematic Audits throughout the year in line with the school Development Plan and Governor Development Plan.

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