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The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the quality of education and the standards of achievement at West Ewell Infant School and Nursery are maintained and improved. The Governing Body do this through our close involvement with the school, and regular meetings.
Our Chair of Governors is Jane Gillies
The Governing Body is comprised of:
Please see drop down box in Our School/Governors/"Meet the Governors" for further information
Statement of Governance (pdf version) and below:
West Ewell Infant School and Nursery
Surrey KT19 0UY
This statement of governance of the governing body of West Ewell is intended to give detail to the work of the governing body.
The governing body of the school is composed of the full governing body of 13 members in the following categories:
2 staff governor members of which one is the Headteacher
1 Local Authority governor member
2 Parent governors members
7 Co-opted governor members
The Local Authority member is proposed by the local authority in this case Surrey County Council, and is generally the County Councillor member for the ward in which the school sits in, but not in all cases.
Parent governors are self nominated when vacancies become available, and where we have more nominations than we do vacant places, an election is held and parents of the school have the opportunity to vote for the parent they wish to see elected.
Co-opted governors are those that are proposed to the governing body and elected by them to meet a specific need or skill set, currently we have a full co-opted set of governors with a wide range of skills from construction, financial, business, policing and teaching.
The governing body operates as a main committee known as the FGB (Full Governing Body) and two sub-committees, Child and Learning (C&L) and Resources.
The FGB meets 5 times in the academic year. The Resources Committee meet termly during the academic year and the Children and Learning Committee meet 4 times during the academic year.
The FGB’s main role is to set the strategic direction of the school, and to support and challenge the Headteacher, the senior leadership team and the teaching and learning throughout the year, to ensure the school is progressing. It also has overall responsibility for financial probity, and in part for ensuring policies and procedures are in place and being operated correctly. There is, of course, its responsibility for safeguarding and to ensure our children are safe and feel safe, and this is of paramount importance to us all.
Much of the challenge to the school is done through our strong two- committee structure
The C&L committee’s work takes on the review of progress, attainment and data, reports from the Headteacher, overview and scrutiny of all ability groups (Higher, middle and lower attaining pupils) and with equal importance, those groups which may fall into other categories such as FSM (free school meals) EAL (English as an Additional Language), and those children with EHCPs (Educational Health Care Plans), as well as those with other SEN needs.
The monitoring of all groups is generally done by the subject governors in conjunction with the subject leaders and these are monitored termly via our monitoring/evaluation subject visits, and reports on those visits are generated and brought to the C&L meetings for review and to address any actions required.
The resources committee oversees the budget and finances of the school and staffing.
One if its primary functions is the early setting of the school budget for the coming financial year which incidentally doesn’t run concurrent with the academic year. The initial budget setting is done in November in conjunction with the School Business Manager; this is a live document that develops from that point up to the budget setting and is issued for the end of April in the following year.
There are two other main sub-committees that also operate, one being the Health and Safety Committee and the other being the Kids Club Committee; both meet termly.
Other committees may be assembled to meet specific needs such as the Attendance Working Party which was brought in during 2013/14, and the Primary Conversion Working Party which focuses on our move to primary status.
I hope this statement of governance has given you a flavour of what we do, have done and propose to do, and how our committees work to ensure the school maintains its momentum and drive for higher progress and attainment.
It goes without saying but I will say it anyway, that it isn’t the governing body that teaches, it is the teachers and the teaching assistants, without whom our children would not make the outstanding progress in their education that they so clearly do.
As Chair of Governors, I am/we are indebted to them for their hard work, dedication and professionalism which they demonstrate day in and day out; this goes from the top down and I wish to thank them all for yet another outstanding academic year.
Chair of Governors