Governors (and associate members) work with the headteacher and staff to decide the school's strategy for improvement so all pupils learn effectively with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. They set the school’s vision and strategic aims, monitor and evaluate performance acting as a critical friend to the headteacher and ensure the school is accountable to those it serves. Governors focus on where they can add most value, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They act as a critical friend to the school, providing support, information and advice as well as asking challenging questions and pressing for improvements.
The Governing Body take an active part in school life, giving much of their valuable time to endorse the school’s aims and objectives. The Governors are representatives of our school, the local community, parents and school staff. They bring a range of expertise and knowledge to Governing Body meetings and oversee the organisation, curriculum and budget of the school. The governors meet each term and more often at sub-committee level.
Structure and responsibilities of the Governing Body
The Governing Body has three core functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and 3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Please see the table below for a full list of our current serving governors.
Please see the attached document for information on the attendance of all our our governing body members at full governing body meeting's over the last 12 months.
We also have 3 sub committees that serve the school
Children, Families & Community (CFC) Committee
Overall responsibility To take a strategic role in ensuring that the school promotes and champions the interests of its pupils in a safe and caring environment and engages effectively with parents, carers and the community.
Efe Abebe-Heywood -Chair Co-opted Claire Barwell - Headteacher Beryl Pooley - Co-opted Margie Lindsay - Local authority Michael Straker - Associate member
Resources and Personnel Committee (RPC)
Overall responsibility The committee is responsible for matters relating to the school’s financial affairs including setting the school’s annual budget, premises, health and safety, IT and the fulfilment of statutory obligations. It is also responsible for matters relating to staff (including senior appointments), pay policy and performance management Members
Alix Coups - Chair - Co-opted Claire Barwell - Headteacher Stuart Bennett - Parent Cinthia Loail - Co-opted John Forgan – Co-opted Simon Bastian - Parent Eleanor Arnold - Associate member
Standards, Teaching and Learning (STL) Committee
Overall responsibility To take a strategic role in ensuring that the school provides high quality teaching and learning, which leads to the highest possible levels of attainment and progress for all pupils.
Beryl Pooley - Chair - Co-opted Efe Abebe-Heywood - Co-opted Claire Barwell - Headteacher Jo Monk – Associate member Margie Lindsay - Local authority Helen Funnell - Associate - Deputy headteacher Michael Straker - Associate member
Maple Infants’ School Maple Road Surbiton, KT6 4AL United Kingdom