What we do as Governors at West Cliff?
Governors at West Cliff work collegiately and are responsible for making sure the school provides a safe environment and high quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards and ensuring we offer outstanding pastoral care are two of our key priorities.
Together with the head teacher, we set appropriate and challenging targets each year and monitor progress regularly during scheduled meetings and school visits.
We review policies, monitor the school’s finances and act as a critical friend. As a committee, we review and make decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy.
We take a strong interest in how the school can foster pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development and are champions of the school ethos promoting equality of opportunity and inclusivity in all we do.
We play a strategic role; we do not involve ourselves with the day to day management of the school which is the responsibility of the Head and the SLT.
As a Governing Board we are accountable to parents, the local community and to the Trustees of our Academy.
Put simply, as governors we are at the heart of how school operates. It is important that we get things right; how we conduct ourselves affects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. With this in mind we are wholly committed to the 7 principles of public life (Nolan principles):
Becoming a Governor
We are keen to attract people in the community and parents of children at school to become governors; people like you who can bring energy and experience to our team and can contribute to the strategic leadership of a school.
You will need to have time to dedicate to the role, be prepared to make challenging decisions, act with the very best of intentions and confidentially at all times, and to make sure their decisions are followed up.
At West Cliff our Governing Body comprises the following roles:
- Parent governors – elected by and from parents of registered pupils at the school
- Co-opted governors – are appointed by the governing body from the wider community based on the skills set offered and contribution that can be made to the strategic direction of the school
- Staff governors – elected by teaching and support staff at the school
- Head teacher – automatic place on the Local Governing Body
Please contact either that Chair of Governors, Mr Tom Cooper or Head Teacher, Mrs Christina Zanelli if you would like more information about becoming a governor.
T Cooper 01947 602510 email@example.com
C Zanelli 01947 602510 firstname.lastname@example.org
Given the importance of the role and that you will be asked to speak with children on an individual or small group basis from time to time, we require that you:
- submit a short letter of interest and/or CV
- undertake an escorted school visit with the Headteacher
- meet with Chair of Governors