Role of the Governing Body
Welcome from the Chair of Governors
On behalf of the Local Governing Body of Kingsnorth Church of England Primary School the governors and I would like to warmly welcome you and your child(ren) to our school.
Kingsnorth is your local Church of England Primary Academy and we are proud of the part we play in our community, we have always endeavoured to maintain the feeling that we are the village school even though we serve a much wider community than just Kingsnorth village.
At Kingsnorth the governors’ priority is to ensure that your child(ren) receives the very best education and support they can whilst always being happy and secure here with us. We are committed to ensuring an excellent environment and learning opportunities for all that will provide for and challenge pupils so they enjoy and achieve success during their time at our school.
We look to foster a close knit Christian family atmosphere where staff, pupils, parents and governor’s work together to ensure that all our pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential, where nothing is impossible and all pupils and staff can aspire and achieve.
In 2015 the governors and school leadership took the decision to convert from a Local Authority school to an Academy. The governors and senior leaders of the school decided the Diocese of Canterbury’s MAT (Aquila) would provide us the support to help move our school forward and achieve the very best academic results and care for the pupils we serve.
Aquila is the Diocese of Canterbury’s Multi Academy Trust (MAT) and since joining them in 2015 we have seen that trust grow from 3 school to over 10 with further schools planning to join in the near future. The growth of Aquila is due to the strength of support it gives to the school within it and the progress it has been able to help those schools achieve thereby improving the outcomes for all of the pupils. Kingsnorth school has become an integral part of this MAT and has supported and been supported by it and other schools within it. From September 2017 we will have even closer direct links with one of the schools in the group which will further improve our pupils and staff’s opportunities for success.
I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Local Governing Body does to manage and support the strategic direction of the school with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team.
The governing body consists of 12 governors who are appointed by the directors of Aquila or are elected by the staff or parents/carers of our pupils. Although governors are appointed or elected to the governing body by various means they are ALL there to support the whole school and not just the groups who appointed them. Governors are appointed to serve a 4 year term of office, after which they can be re-elected or re-appointed and many of our school governors have been with us for more than one term of office.
All governors have an equal say in the running of the school and no one body or governor has more influence than any other.
The Local Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts and the scheme of delegation given to it by Aquila. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:
- Setting and monitoring targets that promote high standards of educational achievement
- Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
- Management of the school’s budget
- Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based
Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.
Governors at Kingsnorth discharge their responsibilities through Governing Body meetings and regular visits to the school where they will meet with staff and team members to monitor and evaluate progress by collecting evidence of impact and outcomes of the various school improvement actions and the normal daily routines of educating the pupils in our care.
The minutes of all governor meetings are available to parents/Carers as are meetings with governors should the need arise. Please remember that the governors are also here to support you the parents or carers and the governors are available to you.
The Governing Body is rightly proud of our school not only in terms of its academic results which have again this year continued to exceed most other local, county and national results; but also in the solid Christian foundations it provides in preparing our pupils for the remainder of their formative education. We want all of the pupils at our school to remember their time with us as 'the best days of their lives' and when they leave us to have become independent lifelong learners.
David Weatherstone - Chair of Governors