Constitution of the Governing Board

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the governors’ section of the website.

As a governing board we are proud of our school and wish all pupils to achieve well, be happy in the school, and when they leave to look back on their primary years with fondness.

As governors we take our responsibilities very seriously. We have three main duties, which are

  1. to set the vision and direction in which we want the school to go,
  2. to hold the school to account for its performance
  3. to ensure its financial security.

We do this at our full governing board meetings, by visiting the school and talking to pupils and staff and in our committees.

As governors we wish to maintain and foster good communication with our parents but of course the day to day running of the school rests with our head teacher. Should you wish to contact me my email address is: chair@stowerprovost.dorset.sch.uk

Our Governing Board

With effect from 1st September 2015 our Governing Board reconstituted in accordance with the 2012 Constitution Regulations. The opportunity provided by this requirement was taken to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the Governing Board and ensure that its constitution and membership is fit for purpose. The primary consideration in the appointment and election of new governors is the skills and experience that the Governing Board needs to be effective. The new constitution of the Governing Board can be seen below.

Committees

To enable the governing Board to discharge its responsibilities effectively it has appointed the following committees to focus on specific areas of its responsibility:-

  1. Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Well Being Committee, chaired by Martin Crossman
  2. Resources Committee, chaired by Becky Trim

All governors have voting rights on the committees that they serve on. In addition, the Governing Board appoints specific lead governor roles to engage more deeply in key elements of its work. The appointments can be seen below.

Contact

Contact details of the Clerk – Brida Skipworth, bskipworth@stowerprovost.dorset.sch.uk

Upcoming Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for the following governors:

2 x Parent Governors:
The role of parent governor is an elected position, if you are interested in nominating yourself for this position please contact the Clerk.

1 x Co-Opted Governor:
The role of co-opted governor is an appointed position, we are currently recruiting individuals that have a background in human resources, marketing and finance. However we would be interested in talking to interested parties about any professional and personal skills that they hold which may benefit to the Governing Board.

If you are interested in joining the Governing Board, please contact the Clerk, Brida Skipworth on bskipworth@stowerprovost.dorset.sch.uk

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does the school need a Governing Body?

Governing Bodies represent the public interest in the running of the school. All our governors work closely with the staff and the Local Authority to help the school provide the best possible education for all children.

2. What are the Governors' main responsibilities?

Developing and overseeing the School’s development plan every year as well as managing more long term planning, monitoring the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and the school premises and being involved with the appointment of staff.

3. Do governors have individual responsibilities?

There are named governors for Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, the Creative Curriculum and SEN. They liaise with teaching staff and arrange visits connected with their specific areas. Nominated Governors also ensure that the school meets its Safeguarding and Health & Safety responsibilities.

4. Is the school Governing Body accountable?

Yes, to parents, the Local Authority and the wider community.

5. Are Governors in charge of the day to day management of the school?

No, this is the responsibility of the Headteacher, who is also a member of the Governing Body.

6. Can Governors make decisions on school policy?

In certain areas and in conjunction with the Headteacher and staff as appropriate. All Governors are equal and share corporate responsibility for decision making. They do not make policy as individuals.

7. Do Governors require any formal qualification to fulfil their role?

No. Enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to work as part of a team are the most important attributes. All Governors regularly attend training courses hosted by the Local Authority.

8. Are Governors paid?

No. Governors give their time voluntarily and share a common desire to act in the best interests of the school and its pupils at all times.

9. What is a Governor’s usual term of office?

A Governor’s term of office is three years.

10. I am interested in becoming a Governor, how can I join the Governing Body?

As vacancies arise, they are advertised in school newsletters and on the website. You then register your interest with our Clerk, Brida Skipworth, bskipworth@stowerprovost.dorset.sch.uk. If there is more than one applicant for a vacancy, then an election will be held.

11. How can I inform the Governing Body of any concern I may have?

Via our annual Parent Questionnaire, annual Parents Meeting or contact our Clerk to the Governors Brida Skipworth, bskipworth@stowerprovost.dorset.sch.uk, or our Chair of Governors Vanessa Lucas via the school office.