Governors

 Who We Are

Our governors are hardworking, supportive members of the school community. They work for the benefit of all our children to ensure the highest possible quality in standards of attainment, attitude to learning and behaviour within a safe, caring and positive environment. The Governing Body consists of elected parents and staff as well as members appointed by the Local Authority and Diocese of Exeter.

Our chair of governors is Mrs Wyn De’Ath

Our vice chair of governors is Mr Marc Kerslake

Our clerk is Ms Kate Tyrrell

Full details of all governors who have served in the last year can be found here

Why we are here:

The Law says that the governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement (Section 21 of the Education Act 2002). This means that governors have a vital role in the school, and work together to achieve the following:

  • ensuring the school has a clear vision and strategic plan,
  • holding Mrs Spencer-Smith, as Headteacher, to account for the educational performance of the school and the performance management of the staff and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well spent

The governing body is accountable for the performance of the school and it fulfils this by setting the aims of the school and its priorities for improvement. It agrees, monitors and evaluates the policies, targets and actions by which the school will move forward, including setting and monitoring the school budget. The governing body’s role is strategic. Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school. The Headteacher has responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and for implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

The governing body works in partnership with the Headteacher. Acting as ‘critical friends’ the governing body has a role to support and challenge the work of the school. Governors must act corporately. Individual governors do not have the power to act alone unless the corporate governing body has given them the authority to do so. Individual governors have a broadly representative role but they are part of a team. They are not delegates and do not have any kind of mandate from the body who elected or appointed them.

Queries and concerns about any aspect of school life should, in the first instance, be directed to the appropriate member of school staff rather than to individual governors. It is important that governors are not involved in issues which may become formal complaints as this prevents governors from dealing with the matter impartially at a later stage. Should you wish to pursue the matter further, having first attempted to resolve the issue with the relevant school staff, then please put your concern in writing to the Chair of Governors.

What we do

The governing body meets twice a term. In line with its strategic role, its focus for these meetings is school improvement. The minutes from the full governing body meetings are posted on our website under the 'Governing Body Minutes' link.  Most governing bodies manage a substantial part of their work through committees. We have two committees, Resources (chaired by Mr Ben Moore) and Teaching & Learning (chaired by Mr Marc Kerslake). Each committee meets twice a term and operates according to the agreed Terms of Reference which detail the levels of delegated authority approved by the governing body. There are also a number of other committees which meet as required; this includes the Pay & Performance committee.

We welcome any interest in the work of the governing body. If you would like to know more about the governing body or attend any of its meetings, please contact the Chair of Governors to discuss at:

 clerk@rockbeare-ce-primary.devon.sch.uk