Being a Governor

There are currently 15 members of the Governing Body, 2 of whom are parents of students at the school though most governors are ex-parents. The school is seeking to recruit more governors (summer 2017), up to three of whom will be parents of students currently at the school.

The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one:

  • To set the strategic vision and direction for the school
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the school’s academic performance
  • To ensure the school manages its finances wisely and achieves value for money

Governors work closely with the School Leadership Team, and other key members of the school community (including staff, parents and students) to drive up school and student performance and ensure that resources are used wisely to support the best possible education for every child at the school.

The Governing Body meets four times a year, and Committees meet twice a term. Most meetings take place at 5 or 5.30pm and last for no more than two hours. Apart from preparing for and attending meetings, governors are expected to read widely and to attend regular training courses, at least once a term. The Governing Body also holds two half-day development sessions a year, and an Open Day to give governors the opportunity to experience the school at work. All governors are expected to attend these sessions.

Most of the work of the Governing Body is carried out by committees and working groups. There are two main Committees:

  • The Standards and Performance Committee monitors the school’s academic performance to ensure that every child achieves the highest possible progress and attainment.
  • The Resources Committee monitors the school budget to ensure that assets and resources are well managed and achieve Value for Money.

In addition, governors have specific roles such as Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Admissions, Careers, Performing Arts and SCITT (Training School.)

Governors are actively involved in Community Engagement to ensure that the school maintains a high profile within the local community and takes part in community events such as Remembrance Day, Big Tree Night and Shepperton Fair.

There are opportunities to join the Governing Body for those who can bring professional expertise and experience to the role and who wish to help make Thamesmead an outstanding school in every way. If this is a role which interests you, please contact the Governor Support Officer:

j.smith2@thamesmeadschool.com