Telephone: 01202 876 556
office@fernmid.dorset.sch.uk
Ferndown Middle School
Peter Grant Way Ferndown Dorset BH22 9UP

Governors

Welcome to the governor section of our school website.

Local governing bodies within the Castleman Academy Trust are called School Standards Boards (SSB’s). They champion, oversee, and make recommendations to the Trust Board about the school experience for the pupil, their families, and the staff.

Members of the SSB are called governors, and Ferndown Middle School has a strong team of governors, comprised of parents, staff and members of the local community. Whilst the Headteacher and Senior Management Team are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, governors are responsible for monitoring standards, data, and pupil progress as well as financial oversight of the school.

After the year the country has had with the pandemic, more than ever, schools and their leaders need the support of these committed individuals who hold the school leadership to account on behalf of the pupils.

Members of the SSB come from all walks of life and meet at least once every 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, but we also look at data and independent reports so that we can make our own decisions about how well the school is performing.

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 clerk@fernmid.dorset.sch.uk or leave a message at the school office.

Phil Gore

Chair of Governors


Vacancy for a Parent Governor Information Documents

A vacancy for a parent governor has arisen, and the school is inviting parents to offer themselves for election to the School Standards Board (governing body).

Your involvement would include preparation and attendance at meetings and responding to emails. Time to the visit school during the school day occasionally is a vital part of the role to support with staff interviews and governor visits. We are looking for a parent with an interest in supporting the school who has experience outside of the education sector for example community, business or finance.

The most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. Training is available for all governors and this governing body has an expectation that those new to being a governor attend free induction training.

Whilst the commitment required of the role should not be underestimated, the reward in terms of contribution to the school and personal ‘job satisfaction’ more than compensates.

Meetings are held in person and governors can also attend virtually via Teams. School Standard Board meetings are held once per half term on a Wednesday from 17.00.

It is a common misconception that by becoming a parent governor you become a spokesperson for all parents or you are able to make changes to how the school is run on a day-to-day basis.  In reality, the role of a governor is a thinking and questioning role; the Schools Standards Board has oversight of the school’s strategy, standards, development plan and policies. Parent governors help to ensure the school meets the needs and interests of parents.

If you feel able to make a positive contribution to the school and have the time and skills required and would like to apply, please download the governor information documents from the school website which gives more details about the role and the level of commitment and time involved.  You can find them on the school website under School/Governors.  Within the pack are a Declaration Form and a Nomination Form which should both be completed and returned by 9.00 am on Monday 5th December 2022, by email to the Clerk to Governors at clerk@fernmid.dorset.sch.uk

We are also encouraged to ensure diversity and gender balance on the board and our current list of governors can be found on the governance page of our website.

If there are more nominations than vacancies the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

Please contact me if you would like any further information.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Shield

Governance Officer (Clerk to the Governors)

We would be delighted to arrange a school tour with any interested candidates to give them a greater insight into the role. To arrange a tour or for further details, please contact the Governance Officer (Clerk to SSB) via email clerk@fernmid.dorset.sch.uk or call the school office on 01202 876556.

Nomination form for parent governor Nov 2022

Letter from Chair_Community Governor
Community Governor Application Form-FMS
Governance in Castleman Academy Trust FINAL

The role of school governors and trustees – YouTube

Vacancy for a Community Governor Information Documents

We are seeking new people to join the Schools Standards Board as Community Governors who can contribute their time, enthusiasm and skills.

Our governors come from a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest of wanting the best possible education for the children in our school. Our governors support the Headteacher with strategic planning and are the champions of the school experience for pupils, their families and the staff, working with the Headteacher to do all they can to ensure that our school is a great place to be.

We would welcome applications from anyone within our local communities, or further afield, who is interested in supporting local education.

Training will be available to support them in the role. In looking to fill these vacancies we are particularly interested in applications from people with education experience and also people who can occasionally visit the school during the day. However, what is more important is enthusiasm, interest and the willingness to learn.

We would be delighted to arrange a school tour with any interested candidates to give them a greater insight into the role. To arrange a tour or for further details, please contact the Governance Officer (Clerk to SSB) via email clerk@fernmid.dorset.sch.uk or call the school office on 01202 876556.

Letter from Chair_Community Governor
Community Governor Application Form-FMS
Governance in Castleman Academy Trust FINAL

The role of school governors and trustees – YouTube

Community Governor Roles in Castleman Academy Trust

At this time, we are looking for Community governors, not parent governors, however, if you are a parent at Ferndown Middle School and are interested in becoming a governor, the Castleman Academy Trust currently has vacancies for Community Governors at Broadstone First, Broadstone Middle, Ferndown First and Parley First Schools.

More information about governance in these schools can be found on the Castleman Academy Trust website.  Please contact Gill McDonald, Director of Governance Operations at Castleman Academy Trust (gmcdonald@castlemanacademytrust.co.uk) if you are interested in pursuing one of these opportunities.


Downloads

FMS Governors Attendance at Meetings 2021-2022_Final

SSB Who’s Who FMS 2022-23 (updated Nov 22)

Summary of Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interest of Governors at Ferndown Middle School 2022-2023

Minutes of governors’ meetings are available from the Governance Officer (Clerk to the Governors) clerk@fernmid.dorset.sch.uk

Correspondence to the Chair of Governors should be addressed c/o the Governance Officer

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