Governors

A message from the Governors…

As the governing body, we are very proud of our school and what it has achieved over recent years. It is a very happy and successful place, where the partnership between governors, parents, staff and children is outstanding. At the heart of our school is a strong Christian ethos and this is reflected in the aims, culture and values of the school.

We are well aware that a school is a dynamic place, constantly needing to respond to, and develop according to, changing pupil needs and the local and national agenda. As the governing body, maintaining school improvement is our key responsibility and is at the forefront of all that we do.

What we do

While the day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and Leadership Team, we work closely with them on a variety of strategic matters relating to policy, direction and performance.

Governors agree and monitor the strategic aims of the school and help to formulate and review the school improvement plan, as well as to shape long-term policy. We agree the budget and monitor its implementation, are responsible for the recruitment and selection of senior staff and for dealing with a wide range of staffing issues. In addition, we look after the premises. We have a statutory duty to agree, maintain and communicate the framework of policies and procedures within which the school operates. As governors of a church school, we take very seriously our responsibility to protect the ethos and faith of ECS, and work hard to review regularly the perspectives of our key stakeholders.

In order to strengthen the connection between governors and the school, each governor is linked to a year group and visits this year group several times during each year. In this way, we aim to get to know the teaching staff and to improve our understanding of the challenges and the joys of life in the classroom.

How we’re structured

The governing body at ECS is made up of 16 governors representing the community served by our school. These include the churches in our parishes, members of staff, the LEA and parents. Our Head Teacher is also a member. (Further details of the governors and the offices we hold can be found below).

As a full governing body, we meet once a term. In addition, four smaller committees, each with specific areas of responsibility, meet more often and report back to the governing body. These are: Learning and Teaching, Finance, Pupil Care and Partnerships and Premises.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or issues that you would like to raise with the governors, I would encourage you to contact either Becky Webb or Allan Phillips, who are our Parent Governors. All Governors may be contacted through the school office or by email on parent.governors@esherchurchschool.org.uk

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