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Naphill and Walters Ash School
My first impression of our school, on my first visit to choose a school for our children, was that the pupils were happy at school, engaged in their work and actively helping each other. I am pleased to say that my first impression was not wrong and I, and the rest of the Governors, are passionate about preserving this inclusive, engaged, happy educational environment at the heart of the school.
OFSTED have graded the school as Good, which is a credit to the hard work of the school staff and pupils, and of course we aim to improve wherever we can. However, OFTSTED inspections are rare events, so the Board of Governors, school staff, and I hope you as a parent or carer, will strive to make sure the school is outstanding in every way, every day.
The key to improving the education of our children, regardless of changes to government or policies, is a strong partnership between the Governing Body, school staff, pupils and parents and carers. I hope you will join with us to ensure all of our children get the best from their time at Naphill and Walters Ash, and leave having made the most of their abilities, with happy memories and a sense of pride
Thank you for your support.
Chair of Governors
What is the Role of the Governing Body of the School?
The role of our governing body is a strategic one. We operate and make decisions as a group, no one governor has the power to make decisions. Our work falls into five main areas:
We are not involved with the day to day running of the school, which is very clearly Miss Gwynn’s job.
How Many Governors Does the School Have?
We have a total of 14 governors. These are the Head teacher, 1 staff governor, 1 local authority governor, 5 parent governors and 6 co-opted governors.
Who Can Become a Parent Governor?
Parents or guardians of pupils who are currently registered pupils at this school.
What Skills Do You Need?
No formal qualifications are required; you just need common sense, time, enthusiasm and a commitment to working as part of a team. We all come from different backgrounds and have a variety of skills and life experience. However we all share a commitment to the school and to providing the children with the best possible education. You will find us a friendly group of people with a relaxed but focused attitude.
How is the Work of the Governing Body Organised?
We are organised into two committees who each meet once a term. The committees are:
Finance & Resources
Responsible for the school budget, staffing, premises etc.
Teaching & Learning
Responsible for curriculum matters. The committees make recommendations to the full governing body, (all 14 governors) who also meet once a term to formally adopt the policies and to approve any other decisions taken at committee.
How Much Work Is Involved?
We expect governors to be on one of the two committees, so that means attending a total of two meetings a term including the full governing body meeting. Meetings are either held in the early evening or first thing in the morning and we try and keep them to one and half hours. In between meetings we have to do some preparatory reading. Some governors take on special responsibility for a particular area, such as special needs or health & safety. We also carry out governor visits to the school on particular topics that we have identified as being of interest/importance.
Do Governors Receive Any Training?
All governors have an induction period. Buckinghamshire County Council provide full induction training and they also have an extensive web site full of information and advice for governors. New governors are invited to both committee meetings so that they get a feel for what happens at each before making up their mind which committee they would like to be on. We also assign a governor ‘mentor’ who guides new governors.