We are pleased to welcome you to the governors’ section. We hope it will give you an insight into who we are and what we do.
West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery is an academy managed by The White Horse Federation. Each school within The White Horse Federation is managed by a Local Board of Governors and the senior leadership team of the school.
Working in partnership with the School Principal and staff, governors ensure high standards of achievement for the children in the school. We focus on strategy and school improvement; we decide what we want the school to achieve, set priorities and monitor progress to realise these aims. We have three core strategic functions delegated to us by The White Horse Federation Board:
· Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school, within the context of The White Horse Federation
· Holding the Principal and senior staff to account for the educational performance of the school and its children
· Ensuring the school remains within the budget delegated by The White Horse Federation and making sure the money is well spent
If you have any questions for the Local Board of Governors you are welcome to contact us via the contact email address at the bottom of this page, or leave a note, for the attention of the clerk, at the school office.
The role of a school governor
School governors are members of a school’s Governing Body. They have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring & evaluating school performance. They are the largest volunteer force in the country. Governors are made up of parents, staff, members of the community and appointed representatives from the Local Authority.
Who can become a school governor?
All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed.
Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a child at the school. All Governors are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) before they become a school governor.
How to become a governor
Governors are usually elected when a vacancy becomes available. A vacancy can arrive by an existing governors term of office ending, a governor moving on or changes in legalities. When a vacancy arrives it will be advertised though letters in school and on the school website. This will contain information regarding how to apply for the vacancy. If you are really interested in becoming a governor in general please contact the school office for more details.
The White Horse Federation LBG
Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB). The Chair of each LGB will also sit on a collective group of similar Chairs from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the Executive Board; this process will be repeated every two years thus affording new Chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.
TWHF Executive Board has clearly identified the areas of responsibility that they delegate to the LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of TWHF Executive Board as communicated to the LGB. Read more…
The IEB of our school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. The minutes of IEB meetings are available on request from the Clerk to the Governors.
If you would like to contact the IEB, you may do so by emailing the clerk.