I would like to introduce myself; I am Ian Price and have been Chair of Governors since 2011 (vice-chair from 2002-2011). I have been a Governor at WLCH since 2001 starting as a parent governor and now as a local authority governor. My role as Chair is to work with the other Governors, the Head Teacher and the senior leadership team to ensure that the purpose of the Governing body is achieved. There are 3 main duties:
1-Providing a strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school
2-Supporting, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the school
3-Ensuring accountability for the standards achieved and the quality of education
Governors serve for four years; all parents with a child at the school are entitled to stand for election for Parent Governor.
The workings of the Governing Body are largely delegated to two committees that monitor every aspect of the school. These committees are finance/staffing and curriculum. In addition to serving on at least one of these committees, every governor attends Full Governing Body meetings and joins working parties where it is appropriate to do so. Governors also assist in the development and implementation of a range of statutory and non-statutory policies in the school.
The core values of the School underpin everything we do as governors. We are committed to ensuring that WLCH continues to work to their vision and values and with the help of pupils, staff and parents are confident that the School will go from strength to strength.
The school’s latest Ofsted Inspection, undertaken in the autumn of 2014, highlighted the many strengths of WLCH and the Governing Body was very happy with the report issued from Ofsted. However, we recognise that the school must consistently strive to improve and innovate to ensure the best possible outcomes for its pupils. The Governing Body is heavily involved in the creation of the School’s Improvement Plan and acts as a ‘critical friend’ in all matters, and continues to strive to be outstanding.
Working very closely with the Head Teacher, the Governing Body is ultimately responsible for the curriculum delivery, the school’s finances, personnel matters and also maintaining the school premises. The Head Teacher, with her staff, is responsible for the planning, teaching and monitoring of the National Curriculum and the day-to-day running of the school. The Governors, Head Teacher and staff work in partnership to promote the aims of the school.
This sounds very difficult but with the governors, teachers and pupils at WLCH, it makes my role an enjoyable and rewarding one. I am proud to be associated with such a positive, supportive school. The Governing Body are a broad cross-section of the local community. Some are retired; others are parents of the pupils at the school. Some work in education, others come from the world of business, the public sector and the voluntary sector. What they all have in common is a desire to commit their time and energy to the students at WLCH. They bring with them a range of skills and talents but above all they bring enthusiasm and a sense of common purpose.I believe WLCH is a happy place where young people feel safe and supported. Our school ethos is based on inclusion and being at the heart of the local community.
The Governing Body is immensely proud of what the school consistently achieves and has a real determination to do even better in the future. We have great plans in place to take the school forward in the coming years.
In short, the Governing Body’s aim is to ensure WLCH provides its pupils the best educational start in life helping them to become happy, confident individuals who are given every opportunity to reach their potential.