Mrs Helen Collinge
Chair of Governorslkeam@st-day.cornwall.sch.uk
Mrs Laura Keam
Clerk to the Governorslkeam@st-day.cornwall.sch.uk
School governors have three main roles:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the education performance of the school, pupils and performance management of the staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school.
The governors work closely with the head teacher and staff to ensure that the school is the best that it can possibly be. Governors are volunteers who work under the principles of public life; selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability openness, honesty and leadership. They endeavour to uphold all of these values in all that they do.
Each governor holds a monitoring area of responsibility within the school. Governors conduct monitoring visits on particular aspects of the School Improvement Plan linked to their area of responsibility.
Governors monitor or are linked to the following areas:
Mrs Helen Collinge: Whistleblowing, Safeguarding and Attendance
Mrs Sally Miners: Pupil Premium and IT
Ms Susannah Storey: Redruth Learning Group
Mrs Terri Jenkin: Reception, Maths, SEND and Transition
Mrs Lora Newman: Year 1, PSHE/Wellbeing/Behaviour and Sports Premium
Mrs Sara Sanders: Year 2, Literacy and RE
Mrs Catherine Gajardo: Year 3, Health and Safety and Science
Rev Ann Butcher: Year 4, EYFS and Foundation subjects
The full governing body meets each term. There are two sub committee which also meet on a termly basis.
Governors who sit on the Resources Committee are:
- Mrs Sara Sanders (Chair)
- Mrs Sally Miners
- Mrs Catherine Gajardo
- Mr Alex Hicks
- Mr James Beer
Governors who sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee are:
- Mrs Helen Collinge
- Mrs Terri Jenkin
- Mrs Lora Newman
- Mrs Ann Butcher
- Ms Gabrielle Westland
There are six different categories of governors at our school. Some governors are elected, such as staff and parent governors, whilst others are appointed by the governing body, the Redruth Learning Group or the Local Authority. You can see the categories and the governors appointed to each in the table below.
Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.
The headteacher is a staff governor by virtue of their office. Other staff, both teaching and support, may become governors as long as they are paid (volunteers do not qualify). Staff governors are elected by the school staff. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.
Local Authority governors
LAs are encouraged to appoint high-calibre governors to schools that need the most support and to appoint candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preference. Authorities may appoint minor authority representatives, e.g. district and parish councillors, as authority governors.
Foundation governors are appointed by the school's founding body, church or other organisation named in the school's instrument of government. For our school this is Redruth Learning Group, a Trust which the school is part of. They must also ensure compliance with the trust deed, if there is one.
These governors are appointed by the governing body. Co-opted governors are often members of the local community or businesses who hold particular skills which are of benefit to the governing body.
The Headteacher is appointed as a governor, by virtue of the position they hold.
The Governing Body may also appoint Associate Members of the Governing Body. These members are not governors, and therefore do not have voting rights, but are appointed to contribute specifically on particular issues relating to their area of expertise. The Governing Body have appointed the Deputy Headteacher, Laura Vallance as an Associate Member.