Governors 

 

Our Federated Governing Body

We have a single Governing Body responsible for both Ottershaw C of E Infant and Junior schools.  We provide a supporting role for the school community, staff and children.  Working with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, we are collectively responsible for the continuing development of the schools.  Our aim is to promote high standards of educational achievement, whilst ensuring that our Christian ethos underpins a nurturing environment where each child is supported to achieve everything they are capable of.

As a Governing body we have legal responsibilities that we must fulfil and further information regarding these can be found on the DfE website.  We fulfil a strategic role, acting as a critical friend to the school and are accountable for standards.   We are not responsible for the day to day running of the school.  We work closely with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to set aims and objectives, agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities.

 

As Voluntary Controlled schools, the make-up of the Governing Body includes governors from different parts of the community:

  • Foundation Governors:  representatives nominated by the Church;
  • Parent Governors:  parents of children at the school appointed as representatives of the parents by election who are appointed for a 4 year term;
  • Staff Governors: The Head Teacher plus 1 member of the school staff appointed as representatives of staff;
  • Local Authority Governor: nominated by the Local Authority;
  • Co-opted Governors - with particular skill sets and experience appointed by the Governing Body.

We are all volunteers and as a team, find it a very rewarding experience to work together to ensure that we deliver the very best education for all children at our schools.  We strive to demonstrate continued improvement and to ultimately become ‘Outstanding’ schools.

You will find a brief introduction to each member of the ’Governor team’ here.  We would very much welcome your feedback or comments and would invite you to contact us in the first instance, via our email address  mailto:Governors@ottershawcofeschools.surrey.sch.uk  and we will ensure that the right person then deals with your message.

The Full Governing Body meets  3  times a year, but much of our work is done by Committee;  you can find more details and a summary of our activities in the Terms of Reference of each Committee on the Governors pages, along with details of the Full Governing Body activities in our ‘Governor Gazette’.

 

Chair of Governors