Who are the Governors?
The governing body’s main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the school provides a good quality education.
The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the school’s future direction and focus.
Governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share in that corporate responsibility.
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It’s important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge their Senior Leadership Team by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what’s best for the pupils.
The task can be divided into three main roles – providing a strategic overview, acting as a critical friend to the school and ensuring accountability.
Governors have several roles to fulfill they have a strategic role, they have be to a critical friend and ensure accountability.
There are several different types of governors representing different elements of the school and local community: foundation (the Church) Local Authority, Coopted (local business/community) and parent. You will see who represents these bodies if you click on Meet The Governors.
Who are we?
We are a group of volunteer parents, staff and members of the community who have the children’s best interest at heart. If you’d like to know more about our Governors please click on the following link; Meet The Governors.
The different categories of governor are:
- parent governors who have a child in school at the time of their election, and are elected by the parents with children at the school.
- staff governors who are members of staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues. This category includes the headteacher (who serves in an ex-officio capacity), teaching and non-teaching staff.
- co-opted governors are appointed 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 effective governance and success of the school
- foundation governors who are appointed by the school’s founding body, which in most cases is the Church.
- authority governors who are nominated by the local councillor and appointed by the governing body
- associate members are not actually governors but can be appointed to serve on committees and attend meetings of the full governing body. They do not have the right to vote at meetings of the full governing body
How are we organised?
Each governor works in a committee which is felt to be their strength or particular interest. We meet as a full governing body to deal with the overall strategic management of the school then we work in more detail at committee level.
Click on the links below to find out more about each committee.
When do we meet?
Mundy Junior School’s Governing Body meets at least four times a year as a whole governing body and also in smaller sub committees at least once a term.
What are our aims?
The governing body:
a) is responsible for the school’s strategic aims and objectives
b) provides challenge and support to the schools leadership team as they work to achieve those aims and objectives
c) ensures accountability
The governor’s role is strategic rather than operational; the Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
How do you contact us?
If you wish to contact the governing body you can do so via the school office or via our clerk to governors, Mrs L George
Latest Governor News!
what we have achieved in our Governors Meeting tonight: 29th March 2017
- Governors’ action plan is coming together, enhancing the role of governors and increasing their effectiveness, strengthening the relationship between staff and governors, proof that what we are doing is working. The positive budget and positive attendance figures are really something to celebrate.
- The culture and ethos around school that contributes to positive safeguarding of our pupils. The variety of training, shows that we are not standing still but endeavouring to move forward driving standards up and improving the experience of those within the school community.
- The school lunch was a great success. So many parents came and joined in, building bridges between school and the children’s families. Sitting with the children experiencing what the children do on a daily basis. The older children enjoyed having time with their parents on their own.
- We have highlighted key student groups re progress and targeting, good analysis of key data to the benefit of our pupils’ progress. Being able to talk to the children in small groups which is very powerful. KG to mention the governors’ news in the next newsletter ACTION KG.
- The positive culture and ethos around school and of course a new Vice Chair!
17th January 2017 Reflection of effectiveness of meeting – what have we achieved tonight that will improve the outcomes for our children
- Meeting the JLT was a very valuable exercise listening to the views of the children, their thoughts and ideas on how they view the governors was a powerful opportunity to make improvements, governors were able to make commitments to the children when they fed back at the end of their activity session. This exercise builds bridges and opens up channels of communication with the most important members of our school ‘The Pupils’. Governors would like to repeat this opportunity at least once per year.
- The links and commitments that the governors were building with subject leaders was a very healthy piece of work supporting the school and helping us to move forward, deepening governors’ knowledge of the curriculum and governors understanding of their role within school.
- The discussions around having a greater presence around the school and the beneficial outcomes of visiting and talking to the children is a fantastic opportunity to understand Mundy Junior School to a greater level.
- Analysing the Pupil Premium Grant and Attendance helps to drive standards up in Mundy Junior School benefiting all the pupils
Reflection of effectiveness of meeting November 17th 2016– what have we achieved tonight that will improve the outcomes for our children
Governors and staff have a greater understanding of the Assessment Without Levels and have a better idea of the direction in which we are travelling and how our new system will support the children’s learning. Governors are pleased with the decision made for the new ICT hardware which will enhance the learning experience of the children.
A presentation of flowers was made to Sarah Hogg who has been a governor for 7 years at Mundy Junior School. Kevin Hubbard acknowledged, on behalf of the governors, Sarah’s significant contribution to the successful journey of Mundy Junior School. She has been a very positive face of governors for Mundy Governors between children, parents and governors. Sarah thanked the governors and expressed her enjoyment of the past 7 years and how she has seen the school grow and wished the school all the best for the future.
Reflection of effectiveness of meeting November 12th 2016– what have we achieved tonight that will improve the outcomes for our children
- Effective discussion on the outcomes for our pupils, the ICT provision, how we waited until we had the skills in place and to identify the best ICT provision.
- It will be good to put an agenda item in for showcasing use of the new IT
- There was significant challenge from the table
- This will enable the staff to use the new schemes of work that are on line more effectively.
- There will be inhouse training by MD and MA
Reflection of effectiveness of meeting – what have we achieved tonight that will improve the outcomes for our children
- We have a new governor,
- the 3rd horticultural show was an incredible success the access to funding, the tremendous effort for NM, LG and AD with late nights and such a full programme of exciting events, the children were so involved in the stalls, the gardens the pride and excitement it had generated it was a fantastic school effort.
- The governor exercise consolidated the skills and the achievements we have accomplished during the past year, the program of activities which we can review and add to, this will assist in our effectiveness.
- The analysis of attendance that goes towards significantly improving children’s outcomes.
The Governors met on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. At the end of our meetings we like to reflect on the detail and content of the meeting and how it will improve the outcomes for our children, below is what we feel we achieved during our evening’s meeting:
- We have achieved clarity with the remits for our committees and their responsibilities,
- we have a clearer picture of our budget and the future challenges it presents.
- We have a system for ensuring that the TLC are able to gauge and evidence curriculum development and pupil progress and hold the school to account by meeting with the appropriate members of staff and asking the key questions from the strategic plan etc.
- The Action Plan for our Audit is underway.
Reflection of effectiveness of meeting – what have we achieved tonight that will improve the outcomes for our children from our Governors’ Meeting Monday 14th September 2015
Governors felt that the ‘Governors Event’ was taking shape for an opportunity for governors to raise their profile with the parents. The SIP workshop that took place at the beginning of the meeting involving the staff/children/governors was building on the work achieved last year and supporting the SIP – we can answer very positively to the question ‘have we moved on since last year? The work that is being undertaken to move homework forward making it more effective and accessible for staff, children and parents. Moving the homework. Also a recognition of how well staff have done at the end of a very difficult year with extremely positive outcomes for the children.
Governor Meeting – 23rd June
Governors met last night for our final time this academic year. We reflected on what we have done to help make Mundy Junior School a better school this year, including discussions on the Horticultural Show, Attendance, our Roles and Responsibilities and how these have impacted on the school as a whole and of course – looking forward to next year and what we can do to continue our journey!
We also did indulge slightly in some tea and biscuits!! :)
We would also like to invite you all to our Governors event – we are well prepared as it doesn’t take place until the 25th of September – but we know that it will come very quickly. We have attached a flyer here for you to look at to find out more! :)
Governor Update – 22nd May 2015
Governors met last night and we discussed out Governor Mission Statement, Pupil Attendance, Our recent ‘Outstanding’ judgement by the Local Authority and our new section on this website. See here. We are meeting again on Tuesday 23rd June at 6.30pm.
21st May 2015 – Our Governors will be meeting tonight in school at 6.30pm. We will be discussing our new Website page and an upcoming Governors event – more details to follow!