Welcome to the Governors’ Section

Welcome to the Governors’ Section of the website.   I am pleased to introduce the governing body of the school and to tell you something about our role and responsibilities and the work we do.

We work very closely with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team but, while the school staff have responsibility for the day to day management of the school, our role is strategic in nature.   This means that we are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school in consultation with the Head Teacher.  We are also responsible for safeguarding, holding the Head Teacher to account for the day to day management of the school and the pupils’ progress and achievements.   We also have a responsibility to understanding how funds are spent and ensuring that investments are aligned to our development plan, as well as helping to appoint staff, including the Head Teacher.

Throughout the year, in practice, this is achieved through structured meetings and monitoring visits.   We have meetings with the Head Teacher and Senior Leaders to discuss successes and areas of future development.    We also invite senior and middle leaders to our meetings to share with us the work they do and to respond to governors’ questions.   Governors visit the school as part of their monitoring role, with a specific focus that is based upon identified areas in the School’s Improvement Plan.  They talk to teachers and pupils about their work and present a written report of their visit at Governors’ Meetings.   School data is a key element in providing information that shows pupils’ progress and achievements and is presented regularly at Governor Meetings, along with any reports regarding quality assurance.  It is important to note that, while this information is vital in informing us how well the school is performing, no individual’s names are included and the data remains generic in nature.   This work allows us, through a positive relationship with staff and pupils, to really get to know the school and its work and to ensure that the education the children receive is of a high quality and the school continues on its successful journey.

As part of the Primary First Trust, governors have the opportunity to work with other school governors from the trust and attend various joint meetings and conferences.   This ensures that we are all working together to fulfil the aims and outcomes jointly agreed for all Trust schools and that governors’ continue to have a voice in shaping the work of the Trust.

We are committed as a governing body to ensuring continuous professional development and governors are encouraged to make full use of the specific governor training available through both the Primary First Trust and the Local Authority.   This training helps us to fulfil our roles as governors.   We also bring with us a range of skills and experiences varying from business skills and skills and knowledge as professional educator as well as local knowledge as parents, staff and local people.   What we all have in common is enthusiasm and a commitment as governors to ensure that our school provides high quality education in a caring and stimulating environment, where all the children progress and achieve their potential.

Linda Thomas

Chair of Governors
Lessness Heath Primary School.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to:

Mrs Linda Thomas (Chair of Governors)
c/o Mrs Jane Hingston (Clerk)
The Primary First Trust
The White House
Clifton Marine Parade
Gravesend  DA11 0DY