The governing body at Oaklands School works with the headteacher and the staff to decide the school’s aims and policies and to oversee the efficient running of the school.
There are 15 of us:
- Two parent governors (elected by the parents)
- One LA governors (nominated by the LA)
- The headteacher
- One staff governor (elected by the staff)
- Ten co-opted governors (appointed by the governors from the local community)
We have particular responsibility for:
- Setting aims and planning for the future of the school
- Agreeing targets to raise standards of achievement
- Ensuring the curriculum for the school promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of the pupils
- Managing the school budget by providing the headteacher with guidance, setting priorities and budget monitoring
- Staffing issues including appointing the headteacher and other staff and determining salaries
- Making sure all pupils have equal opportunities within the school and providing for pupils with special educational needs
- Ensuring there is a high standard of maintenance of the school’s premises
- Dealing with complaints about the school
There are five committees that conduct the main business of the governing body, each one reporting back to the full governing body. Most of the business of the governing body is conducted by these committees.
- Finance and Premises
- School and Community
- Joint Sites and Buildings
Ever considered becoming a School Governor?
The governing body of Oaklands Junior School are looking to co-opt new members to its governing body. We seek individuals who have an awareness of standards in public life, a determination to abide by them and the integrity to participate in collective decision-making in the best interests of the School.
Governors will be able to demonstrate:
- An active interest in education and lifelong learning
- A commitment to delivering academic excellence through innovation
- An ability to work positively in a team and debate issues in a constructive manner
- A commitment to promoting equality and diversity
- The capacity to shape, implement and monitor policy
Desired skills and experience:
- Human Resources
- Legal (education, employment, contract)
- Finance (particularly within the education or charity sectors)
- Site, building and facilities expertise
- Health & Safety
We have 15 governor positions made up of 2 elected parent governors, 1 local authority governor, 1 elected staff governor, 1 Head Teacher staff governor and 10 co-opted governors. We also have a professional Clerk.
All of our Governors have their own careers and responsibilities but they dedicate time to the school when they are able. Our Governors bring a wealth of different experience to the Governing Body which is highly valued. We are all volunteers who wish to make a positive contribution to the school and the education of all its children.
The governing body’s overriding responsibility is to work in partnership with the Headteacher, to promote continuous improvement in the performance of the school. We play an important part in raising school standards through the key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.
The full governing body currently meets twice a term with committees meeting on a regular basis. In addition to the work outlined above, the governors review issues relating to behaviour, curriculum, staffing, building maintenance and finances. The governing body makes collective decisions.
Co-opted governors are appointed for a term of 4 years by the governing body to ensure the body has a range of skills and expertise amongst members. We encourage all our governors to attend the excellent training provided by the local authority to ensure we maintain the skills necessary to fulfil our role. There is also a full induction programme for new governors.