Role of Governors

Welcome Message

Welcome to the governors' area of Telscombe Cliffs Primary School and Nursery website. Our governors hold a very important role in our school. They work closely with the senior leadership team with the main aim of providing an excellent quality of education for our children.

Our school vision is for our children to be happy, safe and confident. We aspire to provide excellent teaching and an inspirational curriculum which enables children to develop a love of learning, achieve and be prepared for the future.

Our core values are: Respect, Equality, Aspiration, Collaboration, Courage, Achievement. We aim to promote and embed these values in all areas of learning and school life.

We hope to see you around the school and welcome you as parents, carers, volunteers, visitors and supporters!

What is our purpose?

The leadership and day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher with support from the rest of the Senior Leadership Team. The governors' role is strategic in challenging and supporting the headteacher in order to shape the school's future direction and focus.

The main functions of the Governing Body are:
• To give the school a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction
• To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff
• To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent

Our governors come from a variety of backgrounds and offer a range of experiences. They visit the school to work with the staff, children and to monitor a variety of areas such as Teaching, Learning and Assessment, The Curriculum, Safeguarding etc.

A governor’s term of office is four years, and they may be re-elected at the end of that term. Governors are usually in three categories:

• Co-opted (where the governing body seeks specific skills);
• Parent governors elected by parents;
• Staff governors elected by staff.

With new legislation and initiatives continually coming in, we make sure our knowledge and understanding is kept up to date through: reading publications from the Local Authority and government; making use of online forums for governors and attending training courses run by the Governor Services Department at East Sussex County Council.

The full governing body meet termly. Minutes of these meetings are available upon request from the school office.

We are very pleased that at our last Ofsted inspection, it was found that:

‘The governing body contributes effectively to the school’s strategic development. Governors work productively alongside leaders to develop the school’s work…
Governors have a good understanding of how well pupils achieve and how this compares with other schools nationally. They regularly join leaders and teachers to discuss pupils’ learning…’
Our Key Priorities

You can see a list of the governors and their responsibilities attached. The Governing Body’s responsibilities also include:

• Rigorous analysis of data (pupil outcomes),
• Financial performance
• School development planning
• Safety and pupil well-being
• Recruitment, staffing and performance management
• Headteacher performance management
• Monitoring and evaluating progress in many areas
• Pupil admissions
• Ratifying policies

This school year our key priorities are to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is consistently good across all classes and that pupil results continue to improve at the end of key Stage 2 (Year 6).

Another priority of ours is to develop parental engagement. In particular, we would like to improve communication with parents and will be putting information about our work into the school newsletter. We would like to engage with parents and carers more in school and be more ‘visible’. We will also be working on improving the homework policy and helping parents understand how they can help more with children’s progress.

For further information, please contact Mrs Lynne Giles, Chair of Governors using the email address below.