Chair of Governors
Welcome to our Richmond Primary School Governor section. We hope this provides a valuable source of information of who makes up our governing body and what our roles and responsibilities are within the school community. These will ensure appropriate governance and hence excellent outcomes for all children within tight financial controls.
Richmond’s local governing body (LGB) sits within Success Academy Trust, a multi academy trust governance framework of currently four schools. Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley being the lead school. Within our LGB we currently have a total of 11 governors, 6 being co-opted (appointed by the governing body), including myself, 3 parent (elected by the parents of the school), 1 staff (appointed by the staff of the school) and 1 community (appointed by the governing body). Each has a variety of different skill sets that they bring which further enhances the effectiveness of our governing body as we work together. All governors serve for a period of four years. The Head Teacher is not a governor.
We are a school that has a caring, nurturing ethos firmly embedded in all that it does and our governing body fully supports this. We believe this actively encourages all the children to achieve their full potential and a unity of purpose gives the school a firm basis upon which to build.
Richmond attracts children from many diverse backgrounds from the surrounding area and we take care and time to support the Head Teacher in identifying needs specific to this (e.g. Baseline assessment & use of data to identify more able / SEN children). We are committed to a policy of budgetary allocation that reflects the specific needs of the school. Stringent financial governance takes place via monthly meetings with the finance officer in addition to the scheduled wider LGB finance meetings to ensure money is spent wisely to meet the needs of all children.
Parents’ involvement in their children’s education is also really beneficial to providing good outcomes, both through working with the children at home and in supporting the day to day life of the school. Attendance of parent focussed classroom events throughout the year are actively encouraged and this is an opportunity where children can show their work. Indeed, governors frequently perform their own classroom monitoring visits to ensure effective outcomes are being delivered. We also attend events within the wider school community, e.g monthly school council attendance. We are all committed to further developing our knowledge of the school and curriculum as an ongoing process.
There is a firm commitment to community involvement, both in support of the school curriculum and in fund-raising where the school regularly organises collections for individuals or groups, e.g local food banks, as well as taking advantage of promotional fund-raising events that support the school’s resource needs.
Governors share in regular training courses specific to their individual needs and responsibilities through Governor Development Services at County Hall or other local development group of schools through joint training.
The Head Teacher and the Chair of Governors aim to meet once per week. The LGB reviews school policies on a regular basis & monitors their implementation & effectiveness. If you would like more information about our governing body please select the "Governor" tabs, or call 01455 637266.