Wheatfield's Governing Body
What is a governor?
Every school is run by its Governing Body. Governors are a group of local people who have put themselves forward to take a role in the running of the school. Governors are different to volunteers in that they have statutory responsibilities to fulfil and are an integral part of the school's leadership. The role is unpaid and most governors find time for the role in addition to their own work and family responsibilities.
Governors do not need to be experts in education - it is a benefit to have people with other complimentary skills on the Governing Body. Governors are responsible for (among other things) agreeing certain school policies, setting and monitoring the school budget and supporting school leaders in securing positive outcomes for all children.
The Governing Body delegates the day-to-day running of the school to the headteacher who, in turn, delegates certain responsibilities to other senior leaders and staff. The headteacher and staff are therefore responsible for the operational side of the school with the Governing Body involved in strategic matters.
School governors are there to both support and challenge the school to be the very best it can for the sake of its pupils, families and community. We hope you find the information in this section useful and informative.
Full Governing Body Meetings
Chair of Governors - Jillian Cumming / Vice-Chair of Governors - Becky Penny / Clerk to the Governors - Thelma Maslen
The full Governing Body (FGB) meets each term (six times per academic year) to conduct its work. All meetings have a set agenda and the governors employ a clerk to issue paperwork and keep a clear record of discussions and decisions.
During FGB meetings, governors will receive a report from the headteacher and will also hear updates from its two committees. There is more information about the role of each committee below.
Curriculum & Achievement Committee
Committee Chair - Becky Penny
This committee meets up to five times per academic year to oversee changes to the curriculum and assessment systems. It also looks at outcomes for pupils and compare these with any local and national trends.
Leadership, Staffing and Resources Committee
Committee Chair - Jillian Cumming
This committee meets up to five times per academic year to oversee the work of school leaders and the allocation of school resources. The committee also looks at arrangements for safeguarding and safety across the school.