West Byfleet Junior School Governing Body

Message from the Chair of Governors

I would like to thank all staff, pupils and parents for your understanding and support during the Covid-19 pandemic. The school has remained open to key workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout this period and from 1st June were able to welcome back Year 6 children full time and all year groups for a week of end of year and transition work, whilst also delivering home learning. We have all had to juggle our work and home life and must continue to do so during these unprecedented times. The number one priority is safety and wellbeing. With the full re-opening of school to all, a “Covid-19 Risk Assessment & Guidance for Staff & Children Returning to School” has been performed and is regularly updated as required. School are following guidance from Public Health England and PHE South East Protection team, in the event of “Managing Suspected and Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Childcare and Educational Settings”.

The role of our governing body is a strategic one, its core functions are to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent 

Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and the senior leadership of the school, acting as ‘critical friends’ who both support and challenge. Governors do not get involved in the day to day operations of the school, although there are some statutory responsibilities set out by the Department for Education (DfE) in The School Governance Regulations (2013) and The Governance Handbook (March 2019).

Our governing body comprises twelve governors with two associate members.  The governing body members are appointed for a term of 4 years. We operate with one full governing body meeting every term, in addition to a business meeting and budget approval meeting. Much of governors’ work is done through committees, to whom responsibilities are delegated to ensure the work the school does will deliver the strategic objectives set, and to benchmark the school’s performance against external comparators. These committees report back to the full governing body.

The Committees are:

  • Children & Learning  which includes monitoring the attainment and progress of pupils, quality of learning, effectiveness of teaching and quality and effectiveness of the curriculum.
  • Resources  which includes overseeing the setting and management of the school budget and ensuring the school meets its health and safety responsibilities.
  • Pay & Personnel  which includes supporting the Headteacher and senior leadership team in their management of staffing strategy including wellbeing. 

In addition, we have a standing panel for Headteacher Performance Management. 

Some Governors are responsible for very important link roles:

  • Child Protection / Safeguarding / Looked After Children
  • Leadership & Management
  • Special Educational Needs (SEND)
  • Pupil Premium
  • Sports Premium
  • Curriculum Links
  • Wellbeing

Developing our skills and knowledge, and keeping them up to date, is very important to us.  Our governors and clerk regularly attend training provided by Strictly Education 4S and Better Governor.

Do visit our governor list to read our pen portraits for further details about us all.

Full Governing Body meeting dates 2020-21:

Friday 11 September 2020

Friday 11 December 2020

Friday 12 March 2021

Friday 30 Apr 2021

Friday 9 July 2021

The Governing Body has agreed that Full Governing Body meetings will be 'open'.  Open meetings are meetings of the Full Governing Body to which members of the public, including school staff and parents, can request, in writing, to attend as observers. 

Please see the attached Open Meeting protocol and note that written requests must be made to the Clerk to the Governing Body no less than 14 days before the date of the meeting.  Please email or write c/o Clerk to the Governing Body, West Byfleet Junior School.

Thank you for all your support.

Lucy Murphy
Chair of the Governing Body

September 2020

Professional Negligence Statement:  Advice given by governors at West Byfleet Junior School is incidental to their professional expertise and is not being given in their professional capacity.