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About School Governors


Who are they?

School governors are an unpaid group of hard working people who give freely of their time and energy, committing their varied talents to the service of their schools.  They come from a variety of walks of life and do not necessarily have any educational experience.  An ideal person would be able to bring energy, varied life experience and fresh ideas to the role of organising and managing a school.  They need no formal qualifications or particular skills but they do need to have time to dedicate to their role.  Being a governor is one of the most valuable contributions a person can make to their community and our children's future.

What do school governors do?

Governors work together as a "corporate body" or governing body in partnership with the headteacher that operates within a framework.  Together with the headteacher who provides advice and guidance to the governing body, they set the future direction for the school.  Here are some of the tasks that a governing body would be responsible for:-

  • Set and manage the overall budget for the school;
  • Decide on the number of staff;
  • Interview and appoint teaching and support staff;
  • Decide on the level of pay for staff;
  • Help decide the priorities for improving the school when the School Development Plan is being drawn up;
  • Ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all pupils;
  • Set targets for pupil acheivement
  • Compare the performance of their school to similar schools;
  • Receive information about the quality of teaching in the school;
  • Have a published procedure for dealing with parental complaints and concerns;
  • Ensure the balanced treatment of political issues
  • Set the times of school sessions;

A governor would be involved in actively participating in the work of the governing body by ;-

  • Attending governing body meetings (at least three a year);
  • Contributing to discussions
  • Taking part in agreed actions after meetings
  • Reading relavent papers;
  • Increasing theirability to contribute to the work of the governing body by taking part in training and other opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and understanding;
  • Seeking at all times to promote the best interests of the school and the education of its pupils:

School governance is a team effort and decisions are made corporately.  You are not on your own and you must not act on your own.  Effective governance is about team work with headteachers, staff, governors and the community.


Different categories of governor

We have four different types of governor at Ludlow Junior School

Parent Governors have a child in school at the time of their electiona and are elected by the parents with children at the school.  If there are insufficent nominations form parents to fill the vacancies, the governing body has to appoint parents;

Staff Governors are members of staff at the school and are elected by their collegues.  This category includes the headteacher(who serves in an ex officio capacity), teaching and non-teaching staff.  Unlike parent governors, when a member of staff leaves the school he/she must also leave the governing body.

Co-opted Governors are co-opted on to the governing body by the other members because they come from a specialist group such as the business community or because they possess a particular skill which can contribute to the governing body.  Community governors are only found in community and controlled schools.

Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local councillor.

Please click to access the latest Governors Handbook

Reconstitution of governing bodies and school improvement

One significant issue for ALL maintained school governing bodies over this academic year is the requirement in Law to reconstitute by 1 September 2015. This is Statutory and is of direct importance to school leadership and school improvement.

It is crucial for chairs of governors and headteachers to champion and lead a process which is expected to evaluate current governor membership and skills against expectations of effective practice and skills. A governor skills audit exercise is also an agenda item to help enable this process.  Ludlow Junior School is currently undertaking the process of reconstitution.









School News

Busy Last Week Ahead!

As we enter our last week before the summer holidays, we have lots going on including our lovely head, Mrs Swann, saying goodbye to us!  Here are some of the events:

  • Monday sees children meeting their new teachers and classmates in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday is our sponsored fun run in aid of Cancer Research where children are asked to come wearing in pink or blue clothes suitable for running.  Later that morning, Sports Awards will be presented.
  • Reading treats will be taking place for different year groups throughout the week
  • Year 6 continue to rehearse for their leavers' assembly which will be presented to parents and carers at 10am on Friday, 21st July in the hall (there will be a DVD of the performance to order).  Some of our year sixes will also be representing the school at the regional atheletics final on Thursday.
  • We are having a whole school picnic on Thursday at lunchtime to celebrate our time with Mrs Swann - don't forget packed lunches!
  • There is a special lunch on Friday, chosen by the year sixes, on their last day of primary school.

There's lots more going on besides so do keep an eye on Dojo for messages from individual teachers and for information on whole school activities.



Children's Choice Issue 7 - Hot off the press

The latest issue of our online newspaper by children, for children is available here.  It's well worth a read and contains reports on what we have been up to in school, interesting facts and interviews with staff and pupils.  Happy reading.


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