The Governing Committee is responsible for ensuring that the quality of education and the standards of achievement at West Ewell Primary 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:
- Parent Governors
- Co-opted Governors
- Local Authority Governors
- Staff Governors
West Ewell Primary School and Nursery
Surrey KT19 0UY
This statement of governance of the governing committee of West Ewell is intended to give detail to the work of the governing committee.
The governing committee of the school is composed of the full governing body of 6 members in the following categories:
- 1 staff governor members (which is the Headteacher)
- 1 Local Authority governor member
- 2 Parent governors members
- 2 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 FGC (Full Governing Committee). The FGC meets 5 times in the academic year.
The FGC’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.
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 shared.
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.
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
You can find more information on the governance of West Ewell Primary in the Governance and Scheme of Delegation area within our Key Information and Policies zone.