Witley is supported by a Governing body which meets regularly throughout the academic year, made up of 13 governors are representative of the local community, parents and school staff. We bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the role and all have the common desire to help the school and its children succeed.
The role of the Governing Body is critical to the effectiveness of the school. Governors focus on core strategic functions, as set out by the Department for Education (DfE):
- setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
- holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupil
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
We provide both support and challenge, and ensure accountability in all areas, whilst remembering that the day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher. Our main focus is on ensuring delivery of the best educational provision for our children and we are answerable to parents and the wider community to which Witley Infant belongs.
Our Governing Body relies on a team approach with each individual contributing a range of skills and experience in analysing performance data, in budgeting and driving financial efficiency, and in performance management and employment issues. The Governing Body meets once each half term. At these meetings, attended by all governors, we discuss any areas of concern, take any required actions, and monitor the outcomes of any previous or ongoing activities.
These formal meetings are supplemented by a programme of monitoring and review. Governors take responsibility for issues such as finance or health & safety, safeguarding and special educational needs & disabilities. Governors work more closely with the school in these areas to ensure we, and the school, are meeting our statutory obligations and doing the best for the children’s education and welfare.
Copies of the meetings’ minutes are available on request from the school office.