Governors

As a group, we are known as governors and our role is to effectively run the school in partnership with the headteacher.
Our Governing Body has a vital role to play in ensuring that every child receives the best possible education by driving up school and children’s performance. We are the key decision making body of school and set the school’s strategic framework. As a Governing Body we agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives and sign off policies, plans and targets in order to achieve them. We monitor progress and regularly review the strategic framework.

The Governing Body leaves the running of the school to the headteacher, which is the only appointment that we make. It is our role to support and strengthen the headteacher’s leadership and hold her accountable for the performance of children and staff.

As governors we need to know our school. We do this through visits to see the school in action. We check that the school is implementing the polices and improvement plans we sign off and see for ourselves how the vision and plans for the school are working in practice. While is it helpful to see children in class, we are not inspectors and it is not our role to assess the quality or method of teaching.

All our governors bring with them a range of different skills and experiences. Decisions are taken by the whole Governing Body but to make the best use of everyone’s time and expertise all governors also join committees. Committees work on particular aspects of school life and present their recommendations to the Governing Body for approval or discussions.

Our committees are:

  • Finance and Staffing – to monitor and control school expenditure and staffing matters.
  • Health and Safety – to monitor school performance against Health & Safety policy and ensure the safety of children.
  • Pay – to decide on any pay increases for teaching staff.
  • Teaching and Learning – to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of leadership and the impact of quality of teaching on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement.

The Governing Body consists of:

  • Parent Governors – elected from and by parents.
  • Local Authority Governor – nominated by Leicestershire County Council.
  • Staff Governor – representative of teaching and support staff elected by their colleagues.
  • Co-opted Governors – appointed by the Governing Body on the basis that they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Associate members – are not governors and do not have a vote at the full governing body meetings, however they are entitled to attend those meetings.

There are 5 full governors meetings per year.

Constitution of Ravenhurst Governing Body
Type Name Start of Term End of Term Attendance at full Governors meetings 2018 – 2019
Co-opted (Chair) Mrs Val Moore 10/05/2016 09/05/2020 Full attendance
Acting Headteacher (Ex-officio) Mr David Swales n/a n/a Full attendance
Co-opted Mr Neil Browne 27/11/2018 26/11/2022 Full attendance
Co-opted Mrs Helen Hall 13/02/2015 12/02/2019 Full attendance
Co-opted Mrs Talent Nyandoro 09/01/2018 08/01/2022 Full attendance
Co-opted Mrs Claire Smith 26/01/2018 25/01/2022 Full attendance
LA Mrs Julie Shaw 15/06/2017 14/06/2021 Full attendance
Staff Mr Mark Poole 25/01/2018 24/01/2022 Full attendance
Parent Mr Rakesh Patel 16/04/2018 15/04/2022 Full attendance
Parent Mrs Katy Redford 27/11/2018 26/11/2022 Full attendance
Associate member Mrs Kim Peet 17/02/2018 17/02/2022 n/a

The Clerk to the Governors is Mr Stuart McDonough.

Headteacher Performance Management
Member Attendance
Val Moore (Chair) Full attendance
Helen Hall Full attendance
Julie Shaw Full attendance
Staff Performance Management
Member Attendance
Helen Hall (Chair) Full attendance
Val Moore Full attendance
Talent Nyandoro Full attendance
Rakesh Patel N/A
Finance & Staffing Committee
Member Attendance
Val Moore (Chair) Full attendance
Helen Hall Full attendance
Talent Nyandoro Full attendance
Julie Shaw Full attendance
David Swales Full attendance
Teaching and Learning Committee
Member Attendance
Julie Shaw (Chair) Full attendance
Val Moore Full attendance
Helen Hall Full attendance
Rakesh Patel Full attendance
David Swales Full attendance
Health & Safety Committee
Member Attendance
Mark Poole (Chair) Full attendance
Neil Brown Full attendance
Eddie McMillan Full attendance
Anita Miller Full attendance
Katy Redford n/a
Claire Smith Full attendance
Members of the Governing Body who have resigned in the past 12 months
Type Name Start of Term End of Term Resignation date
Co-opted
Mr Rob Goodenough  13/02/2015 12/02/2019 26/11/18

Pecuniary interests and relationships with school staff

Mark Poole’s spouse is a supply teacher who is on occasion employed by the school. None of the Governors hold governance roles at another educational institution.

Next meeting date

Full governors meeting: 4 July 2019

Becoming a Governor

Different Governing Bodies operate in different ways, but governors will be expected to do far more than merely attend meetings. Effective governors attend the school regularly to see and understand how the school operates. They undertake governor visits for a particular purpose and produce reports for their governor colleagues. Governors will be expected to receive and understand reports from the headteacher and senior leaders so they can question, challenge and support, thereby improving the quality of the whole educational provision.

The governing body operates a code of conduct which sets an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of governors. You will be provided with this part of your induction into the school and will be expected to work within it, since a governing body operates as a corporate entity with corporate responsibility.

Skills and Experience

Governing Bodies rely on a range of skills and experience. You will need a strong commitment to the role, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn. Good inter-personal skills, a basic level of literacy in English and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data are essential.

What is equally important to us is that you have a willingness to learn and undertake whatever training or development activity is needed to fill any gaps in the skills you have to contribute to effective governance.

Training and Support

The governing body is committed to developing the skills and experience of governors to promote success in the role. As a new governor you will attend induction training and a programme of courses to help you fulfil your role.

Next steps

Prospective governors are encouraged to contact the Chair of Governors, to visit the school and if time allows to be invited to attend meetings of committees and the full governing body as an observer, thereby gaining an insight into the life of the school and an understanding of the role you can play as a governor.