From The Chair

At the beginning of the new school year the Governors set about trying to strengthen and build the team, and nominations were invited for the post of Parent Governor.  We were disappointed to receive only one nomination, but we welcome to the Governing Body, Mr Shane Zadrozny.  Mr Zadrozny has served on the Governing Body before, and despite the changes in the way we work, I feel certain he will quickly find his feet and contribute to the work the Governors do.

It would be good if we can persuade more people to join us on the Governing Body.  There are two other places to be filled.  These are so-called “Co-opted Governors”, people who live and / or work in our community who have skills and interests that will help us in our role as critical friends of the school – and I know there are talented people in our Community who can add to our set of skills.  Come and join us in making Carr Hill Primary the best we can be.   In the meantime, read our page in the Governors section of the School Website headed: Being A Governor where one of our Governors answers questions about his role.  Many of our Governors do more than just act in their governance role: they run clubs, listen to children read, initiate projects, support PTA functions and attend other events.

The Carr Hill Governing Body is a member of the National Governance Association and I note with interest one of its leading articles this month concerns the functions of Governing Bodies.

NGA believes there is a fourth core function of governing boards, one of ensuring the voices of the school’s stakeholders are heard: the wider community, parents, pupils, staff and local employers. This is a fundamental part of good governance and it is in real danger of getting lost under the huge workload of compliance and financial constraints.
— National Governance Association

I am inviting Governors to look again at our Code of Conduct so we can build this function into our everyday work – supporting and challenging in equal measure.  With a changing focus in OFSTED inspections, it seems like a good time to revisit our work.  With the new Inspection framework now in place I have written a summary of the changes as they affect the Governors.  This can be found by using this link. (Governor Briefing: 19.1)

As Chair of Governors I am here to help you in any way I can, and on the contacts page you can find out how to get in touch.  And don’t forget that your first port of call if you have any concerns is at the school itself.  I am confident that all members of the Carr Hill Team will want to help.

Barry Upton
Chair of Governors
Carr Hill School