The Governing Body is affiliated to the National Governors Association and the Chair attends Derbyshire School Governor Association meetings. Our connection with both these Associations assists the Governing Body in keeping abreast of best practice and current developments in governance.
During the 2017 – 2018 school year the Governing Body met regularly in Full Governing Body meetings and in committee meetings to receive reports on the progress of teaching and learning; staffing, both teaching and non-teaching; premises issues and finance. The meetings were well attended.
LINK Governors with responsibility for specified curriculum, premises and health and wellbeing matters reported to Full Governing Body meetings, all these reports are noted in the meeting minutes and filed in the Governor Section in the school office.
Much time was spent in ensuring that all new legislation was included in updated policies. All policies are filed in the Governor Section in the school office.
Governors attended several training events, notably the excellent Local Authority Termly Briefings and selected, essential training including Audit Training; Exclusions Training; Performance Management; Finance and Safeguarding. The Governors have signed a Formal Collaboration with the cluster schools, Hasland Junior School, Hasland Hall Community School, Hady Primary School and Calow Church of England Primary School. This builds on a history of effective and successful informal collaborative work and will greatly enhance the operation of all the schools and benefit the staff and pupils.
The Parent’s Forum has met regularly and provided an opportunity for informal discussions about general matters related to the school. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in these meetings which are, usually, held immediately after school starts.
The School Council is facilitated by Governors and this has provided a wonderful insight into the commitment of the pupils to their school. The November meeting was held in the Town Hall. It included a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour where the members were shown the wonderful regalia and some of the special Borough ‘treasures’. The actual School Council meeting was held in the Council Chamber. The School Council continues to be significantly involved in the modifications to the lunch time meal offer. Helen Briscoe attends the meetings and responds to the pupils’ suggestions for menu alterations sympathetically.
Attendance, by Governors, at Sports Days; Open Evenings; Parent’s Consultations; School Fayres and Concerts has enabled the Governing Body to get a really good feel for the efforts made by the school to ensure that the aim to make Hasland Infant School ‘the best it can be’ is being strived for and achieved.
Being a School Governor is a considerable commitment there is a great deal to read and do and it takes time to become familiar with the jargon and the protocols. However, it is a most rewarding role. Our aim is to encourage membership to the Governing Body from the widest range of stakeholders as we believe this enriches the Governing Body and supports the school in the most positive way. This year we have welcomed new Governors from a range of backgrounds onto the Governing Body and I am most grateful to them for their commitment and interest in the school.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the school office to arrange an informal meeting to learn more about the work of the Governing Body.
As we move into the coming school year we look forward to continuing to work closely with all the staff; parents and, most importantly, pupils to ensure every child is ‘the best they can be’.