School Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. No special qualifications are required, but enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are important qualities to bring to a governor post.
The Governing Body has a legal responsibility to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.
Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.
Orton Wistow Primary School is a Foundation School, which means that the Governing Body runs the school, employs the staff and sets the admissions criteria.
Orton Wistow has a thriving, active Governing Body which works in close partnership with the staff to ensure the continued success of the school. Our Governing Body is made up of a diverse group of people who perform different roles. These roles are outlined in the table below.
The Governing Body meets regularly throughout the school year as a Full Committee, Sub-Committees and Working Parties.
There are different types of governors:
Parent governors are elected by and from the parents of registered pupils at the school. The school will advise parents when there are vacancies.
Staff governors are elected by the staff at the school. They cease to hold office when they cease to work at the school. At Orton Wistow the Headteacher has chosen to be a governor.
Local Authority Governors
These appointments are made by the local authority and may reflect the local political balance. Nominations are put forward by the school governing body and local political parties.
These appointments are made by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the Governing Body have the skills required to contribute to the effective Governance and success of the school.
These appointments are made at foundation schools to represent the local community and can include parents of children at the school. Foundation Schools can advise when the next vacancy will occur and can register interests. They must have the skills required to contribute to the effectivesness of the governing body
Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote. They should be appointed because of specific expertise and experience that they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Foundation Governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of the office that they hold.