We want to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and the role we play at Harwell Community Primary School.
Whilst Bryn Gibson, as Head Teacher, is responsible for the management of the school, the Governing Body has an important part to play in raising school standards. We set the strategic direction for the school, ensure financial accountability and monitor and evaluate school performance. Our role is often described as acting as ‘a critical friend’; we support and challenge the school to attain the best possible performance and to give all our pupils the best possible education.
We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and inclusive environment. We provide support and challenge to the school leadership on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils. We have responsibility for agreeing policies and procedures essential to the operation of the school. We also have a responsibility to handle complaints, though it is important to note that individual problems should first be directed to your child’s teacher and then to the Head Teacher.
The Governing Body is drawn from the parents, staff of the school, and the wider community that our school serves. The usual term of office is four years but many governors serve more than one term. Staff governors and parent governors are appointed via elections. Other governors are appointed on the basis of the knowledge, skills and experience they possess. See a list of the current governors.
The full Governing Body meets five times a year, and sub-committees dealing with Resources (staffing, finance and premises) and Educational Effectiveness each meet four times a year. Once approved, the minutes of all our meetings are put on the Governors noticeboard and are also available from the school office.
If you are interested in the work we do and would like to find out more or have any other questions, please contact the school. You can also write to the Chair of the governing body, Liz Waters, via our school office.