On behalf of the Governing Body I would like to welcome you to the governor section of our school website.
Our school is a welcoming place where the staff and governors work together to provide a wide variety of opportunities for all pupils in a safe environment. OFSTED rated us as good in 2014 with the children’s behaviour being rated as outstanding.
The Governing Body comprises of the Head Teacher, 1 member of staff, 1 appointed by the Local Authority, 7 governors who represent parents, 9 co-opted governors, 4 Associate Governors and of course our Clerk.
The Head Teacher and Senior Management Team are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. The government has said that governors must ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, the performance management of staff and to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
The members of the Governing Body come from all walks of life and each governor contributes to the work of the Governing Body. The Governing Body meets at least once every half term. A range of subcommittee meetings (Curriculum and Community, Finance and Staffing, Environment, Pay, Data and Core) also take place at least once per half term. During these meetings, we look at a wide range of information to find out how well the school is performing. Mrs Allen provides a detailed Headteacher’s report at these meetings but we also look at data and independent reports so that we can make our own decisions about how well the school is performing.
Our Governing Body meetings are usually held on Wednesday evenings (5pm), we attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its development plan and targets.
From time to time governor vacancies arise and if you are interested in becoming a governor please do not hesitate to contact the school so we can arrange for a governor to have a chat with you. All new governors are fully supported and a mentor is assigned to help the newcomer through the first year or so.
Governors receive no payment for attending meetings but there is a tremendous sense of satisfaction that each one is making a valuable contribution to the education of all the children who attend Ferndown Middle School.
There is a list of current governors below and we try to contribute to the school’s newsletter on a regular basis.
We hope your child/children is happy during their time at Ferndown middle School and that you will take every opportunity to ensure that you are fully involved in their education.
If you have a question for the governors then you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the school office.
Chair of Governors