The Sherington Governors share the enthusiasm and excitement for learning that pupils and staff have and are proud of Sherington’s outstanding achievements. We are committed to the Sherington vision of “Aspire, Believe, Create, Achieve” and between us we bring a wide variety of skills and experience to our role.
To get in touch, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message in the school office or catch us in the playground – questions, ideas, comments all welcome! (Please note that the first point of call for any issues relating specifically to your child is your child’s class teacher.)
The role of the governing body is strategic (not operational – the headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school). The governing body acts as a “critical friend” to the school and its leadership. Governors focus on three core strategic functions:
All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Governing bodies consist of:
We have a full governors meeting once a term, with three sub-committees which meet at least termly:
At these meetings we review levels of achievement across the curriculum, monitor how children’s needs are being met and how the pupil premium is being used to narrow attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, contribute to the school’s evaluation procedures and development plan, agree the schools budget and monitor its implementation.
We make regular visits to develop a fuller understanding of how Sherington works as a school. Visits can be very informal (e.g. attendance at school concert or assembly) or may be planned with a specific focus.
We play an important role in the appointment of new staff, particularly those at a senior level.
Governing bodies are supported by the Local Authority through the provision of training and advice. OFSTED evaluate how effectively governors challenge and hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure financial stability, and will judge the effectiveness of governance against the three core strategic functions.
Over the last few years we have focussed on becoming a more effective governing body, becoming more skills focussed and recruiting new governors to strengthen key areas. We have worked closely with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the governing body has the information available at the right level to perform its core functions, for example through well structured reports, data analysis and staff presentations at governors meetings. We have revamped the terms of reference for all committees, clarified the delegation of authority, and introduced a governors code of conduct.
Some examples of impacts over the last few years:
|Name||Category||Date Appointed||End of term||Committee Membership||ROI|
Pay Appeals (chair)
|Effie Robertson||Co-Opted||16/03/2015||21/03/2020||F&P (chair)|
|Linda Pound||Local Authority||01/11/2018||31/10/2022||L&A|
|Amanda Burnell||Ex officio||16/03/2015||15/03/2023||F&P|
Daughter is employed as a sessional TA.
Please click here for attendance of meetings for the last completed school year.
All terms of office are 4 years unless otherwise noted.
Our Clerk is Felicia Ayeyemi, provided by Bexley Governor Services.
F&P = Finance & Personnel, L&A = Learning & Achievement, P = Premises, Pay = Pay Committee
ROI = Register of interests
The Governing Body including the Head are required to register any business interests on appointment and at every Governors Meeting. The Register of Interests is held in the school office.