Welcome from the Governors

​Welcome from the governors of The Richmond School.

All the members of the governing body are volunteers who offer their time to help support and improve the school for the benefit of all the pupils and staff. 

Our governing body has ten members and is made up of parents, members of the local community and staff. We work together with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to set a vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school. The governing body then holds the school leaders to account for achieving these goals, trying always to move the school forward and improve.

The governing body is diverse with members from various professions and vocations with different skills. As Chair, my role is to liaise with the Head Teacher, represent the governing body and make sure that the governors meet their responsibilities.

All the governors meet six times a year (each half term) as a full governing body. Each governor also sits on a least one smaller committee which oversees a specific area such as finance, staffing, curriculum and the school premises.

Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school, but monitor the actions and achievements of the school to ensure that the school continues to improve. We check that academic targets are met, that the safety of the children and staff is maintained, that the school budget is spent wisely, and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children.

Governors take an active role in the school, not only attending meetings but also attending school functions and visiting the school regularly. Each month one governor spends time in the school looking at a specific issue in detail and reports to the full governing body with his/her observations and suggestions. If you feel that there is anything which the governing body should look into we can either be contacted through the school office or through the Head Teacher.

We welcome your thoughts in helping our school be the best that it can be.

Stephanie Blanchard-Hall
Chair of Governors 

What are the Governors responsible for?

​1              Setting strategic direction
2              Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school
3              Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money

What does the Governing Body do?

​Governors are responsible for a number of areas including attainment, finance, policies and procedures. Their role involves working closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure children get the best possible education to enable them to reach their full potential, in an environment where they feel safe, valued and where learning is fun.

The main functions of the Governing Body are to:
- ​Help set the aims and objectives for the school
- Help ensure the policies and procedures are relevant and achieve their objectives
- Set targets to monitor the progress of the school to ensure it is meeting its aims and objectives
- Be a critical friend to the school and provide a source of challenge and support

How is the Governing Body comprised?

​Curriculum Committee
The overall purpose of the Curriculum Committee is to:
- Monitor the standards pupils achieve, making sure they make at least expected progress and that the school is at least in line Nationally
- Monitor the school’s success in promoting inclusion
- Ensure that the school development plan is focused on appropriate priorities for raising standards
- Ensure that policies are reviewed on a regular basis to promote improved standards
- Advise the Governing Body of the school’s curriculum policies and oversee the National Curriculum statutory obligations are met
- Contribute to, monitoring and evaluating parts of the self-evaluation summary, the school development plan and policies relating to resources issues, reporting or making recommendations to the full Governing Body
Finance and Staffing Committees
The overall purpose of the Finance and Staffing Committees are to: 
- Formally approve the annual school budget at the start of each financial year
- Monitor purchasing and authorise purchases above a set amount
- Monitor income and expenditure at regular intervals
- Authorise staff pay rises in-line with the school’s pay policy
- Audit accounts and act on the school’s audit action plan
- Agree the staffing structure with the Headteacher
- Carry out the Governing Body’s statutory responsibilities for the Performance Management of the Headteacher
Premises / Health and Safety Committee
The overall purpose of the Premises / Health and Safety Committee is to: 
- Adopt the Health and Safety Policy appropriate to the needs of the whole school
- Provide support and guidance for the Headteacher and Site Manager on all matters relating to the school premises and grounds, security and health and safety
- Ensure the school complies with health and safety regulations, seeking external advice if necessary
- Complete the Accessibility Plan for the school in consultation with the Site Manager or Headteacher
- Review and agree arrangements for school meals

Who are the Governors? Do they attend regularly? Do they have any declared interests?

Register of Pecuniary interest 2018-19.docx
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As of 28.11.2018, the Governors have no pecuniary interests.

Which Governors are on which committee(s)?

GOVERNORS Committees.docx
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This will be updated after the next meeting of the Full Governing Body and its committees.