The Governors are a diverse group of volunteers, each bring different strengths and skills but all having a common interest in and commitment to the school, its staff, pupils, buildings and the community of which it forms a part.
The Riverhead Governing Body has an Instrument of Government, agreed with the Local Authority, which defines its composition as being made up of:
• two parent governors, nominated and elected by parents of the school.
• one Local Authority (LA) governor, appointed by Kent County Council.
• two staff governors, elected by staff members.
• eight co-opted governors, elected by other members of the Governing Board.
Each Governor is elected or appointed for a four year term and would not be expected to serve more than two terms. They contribute to all aspects of the work carried out by governors as long as they do not have a personal (business) interest in a particular area.
The Governing Body has deemed that it would like to have four parent governors and four staff governors (including the Head teacher), so two of the co-opted governors will be appointed after nominations and elections by parents and two after nominations and elections by staff. Other co-options will be made to ensure the necessary skills and experience required by the Governing Body are available.
The Governing Body undertakes its monitoring and evaluation role through small teams referred to as Monitoring Pairs. The make up of these pairs is determined annually and for the finance, premises and pay & staffing pairs, there are formal terms of reference and delegations which are also approved by the Governing Body on an annual basis. Other than the formal pairs noted above, there are pairs who monitor against the School Improvement Plan targets, across year groups and for specific issues.
There is certain governor business (statutory and other) that must be performed within specific timescales. There is a rolling cycle of such business that the Governing Body plans annually and to that end, monitoring pairs meet as and when appropriate to report back on a timely basis to ensure that the school constantly develops and improves.
Lead Governor for Finance: Claire Davison
Lead Governor for Premises: Noel Dawes
Lead Governor for Staffing and Pay: Helen Fricker
Other lead governors are appointed to ensure that the Governing Body monitors all relevant aspects of the workings of the school.
The Governing Body also forms working groups to address specific problems.
The Governors are supported in their work by a Clerk to the Governing Body.
The Governing Body of Riverhead Infants' School has four positions for parent governors.
Parent governors are elected by all parents at school to serve a term of office of four years. They must have a child present at the school at the time of the election but they may continue to serve after their child moves on to another school (often Amherst).
Although parent governors are elected by parents and can represent their collective views at meetings, they are not delegates and parents cannot mandate them on how they should vote or what they should say in governing body meetings. Parent governors are sometimes involved with preparing newsletters and other reports to enable parents to understand the work of the governing body.
Occasionally parent governors are approached by parents with individual concerns. In these cases, the parents should be encouraged to speak directly to the Head Teacher.
Riverhead Infants' School full governing body meets six times a year, once a term. The meetings alternate between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. All governors serve on one or more monitoring pairs. Governors seek to support the Staff and Head of the school through providing advice, support and challenge. This role is strategic and not operational. This enables the Head and Staff to manage the day to day running of the school.