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 which consists currently of four schools. Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley is the lead school. Within our LGB, we currently have a total of 11 governors, 7 being co-opted (appointed by the governing body), including ourselves, 2 parent (elected by the parents of the school) and 2 staff (appointed by the staff of the school). Each has a variety of different skills 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.
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 the wide range of needs that the children have. 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 parents and carers at focused classroom events throughout the year are actively encouraged and this is an opportunity where children can showcase their learning. 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. school council meetings and ‘special’ assemblies. We are all committed to further developing our knowledge of the school and curriculum as an ongoing process.
Governors share in regular training courses specific to their individual needs and responsibilities through Governor Development Services at County Hall or other local development groups of schools through joint training.
The Head Teacher and the Co-Chairs meet regularly. The LGB reviews school policies on a regular basis and monitors their implementation and effectiveness. If you would like more information about our governing body please select the "Governor" tabs, or call 01455 637266.
Pete Mattock and Clara Smith
Co-Chairs of the Governing Body