Our school is keen to encourage new governors. Please watch out for the information and nomination forms for when a governor post becomes available. We are especially keen to recruit anyone with IT, project management or financial skills. However we will be pleased to hear from you with or without those skills!
Our meetings are at 4.00pm and in general, there are three full Governing Body meetings per year and three committee meetings per year, so two meetings per term each lasting up to two hours.
We would be pleased to talk to you and give you more information if you would like to get in touch using the link below.
Governors are expected to attend Two Full Governing Body meetings each term. There is an additional meeting to set the school budget annually. Each meeting has either a focus on curriculum and pupil related issues or on resources. In total there are seven meetings [including the budget meeting] per year.
Governors are volunteers and there are times when they are unable to attend a meeting. Where this is the case a reason is always sent with their apologies and the meeting decided whether to accept their apologies. Often the reason is an unexpected work or child-care issue so their absence is unavoidable.
Governors are able to support the school in many ways both practical and theoretical so a governor can be supporting the school through other ways even when they cannot attend a meeting. Non - attendance at meetings does not necessarily mean that a governor is not committing to their role in school. They are always working in the background and are very much appreciated by staff and parents.
Statement of Governance
Strategic – The governing body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how best it should develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies and targets, and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives. Strategic thinking is not always linked with curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.
Critical Friend – The governing body works with the head teacher to create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing a school. The governing body is able to question and challenge and this is achieved in a positive manner.
Accountable - A school is, in some ways like a business and its stakeholders are the pupils, their parents and the wider community. The governing body uses its collective skills and experience to benefit the pupils. It gathers views, asks questions and decides what is best for the school. The governing body is accountable to its stakeholders for the school’s performance.
Headteacher - The head teacher is an ex- officio which means that they do not need to be elected onto the governing body. They automatically become a school governor because of the office they hold.
I've been the Clerk at South Green since 2006 and a governor at my own school since 2003. I am actively involved in Guiding and Scouting including working for the Media Team.
I have been a Governor at the school since January 2000 when my eldest son was in the school. He is now 19 and my other 3 sons have also gone through the school - the youngest is now in year 4. Being a Governor at the school is special to me as I am actually an ex pupil and it is really good to still be involved in a school that I have so many fond memories of. I have had the privilege of being The Chair of Governors for the last few years and look forward to continuing to be involved with the school in the future. I am also a governor at the Junior School which helps towards the cohesion between the schools.
I have been a governor at South Green for over 10 years. I am a Management Consultant in the Civil Service and currently training to become a qualified Performance Coach. I am known by the members of the Governing body for my love of travelling (picture of me in New Zealand) and am often juggling work, school governor meetings and my holiday dates to fit it all in. I bring business experience/consultancy skills to the governing body and, as an ex Inspector of Local Authorities, I have experience of what inspectors look for - which helps when we 'welcome' OFSTED into our school!
Co-opted : Mrs L Simms
I have been Head teacher here at South Green since January 2003 and I am fortunate to work with a staff of dedicated professionals and a committed governing body who really do have the best interests of each child at heart.
I have two children of my own and have three young grandsons with whom I spend as much time as possible. They keep me in touch with the needs of young children and they wear me out as well!
Out of school I am keen on amateur dramatics, art and music and I very much value these as ways of building confidence and self esteem in our children.
Having never particularly enjoyed my own schooling I was determined that I would do my best to help any child in my care to have an enjoyable experience at school and with it the chance to reach the highest standard possible through their own efforts. I still have that aim and with the support of parents, staff and governors I aim to inspire the children to develop a lifelong love of learning.
I have been teaching at South Green for nearly 11 years and have taught in nursery, Year 1 and Year 2. I have been the teacher governor for some while now and attend The Full Governing Meetings, Budget Meetings and Curriculum and Pupil Related committees. I am responsible for Literacy and Physical Education in school. I am married with three grown up children –Lucy, Nick and Hannah. Outside school I enjoy going for long walks, playing tennis, socialising with friends and family.
My Name is Donna Picton, I have been at South Green Infant and Nursery School since September 2008, before this I spent 28 years in Retail Management.
When my children were older I went back to college and took a AAT course at night school, whilst working part time and being a full time mum.
I enjoy the position that I hold within the school, working with the children, parents and staff, and where every day is so different.
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