In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, every state school has to have a Governing Body.
The Governing Body is a committee of volunteers made up of the school staff, parents of children at the school, representatives of the local authority and members of the community.
The governing body provides strategic leadership and accountability in the school by:
Helping set the aims and objectives for the school
Setting the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
Setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
Monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making to achieve its aims and objectives
Being a source of challenge and support to the head teacher and senior leadership team
Promoting the interest of the school in the wider community
Governing bodies have to meet at least once a term and their considerations are wide ranging, so at Arnold Mill, the governing body members spread the work into committee meetings for:
Finance & Resources – each term, to discuss the School’s budget and staff
Strategic and Pastoral – each term, to discuss the School’s strategy, policies & performance
Discipline – annually, to review the discipline statistics and policies
Recommendations and minutes of the committees are then reviewed / approved at a Full Governing Body Meeting, held each term
Each governor is also allocated an area of responsibility and a class. During the academic year, they have to come into school to reflect on their allotted subject and to visit their class.
Even as volunteers, we are accountable to Ofsted for our actions.
How can you become a governor?
It is normal practice that the school’s head teacher has to be on the governing body, whilst the remaining staff members have to be elected by their peers. When there is a vacancy, parents of children at the school can put their name forward for membership, and should there be more than one candidate, they too, have to face an election, this time by other parents. Volunteer community governors are appointed by the remaining governing body members, whilst the local authority can nominate their members.
Arnold Mill has a governing body consisting of the following members:
|Name||Start date||End date|
|Mrs Jo James (Head Teacher)|
Mrs Joanne Murray (Co-opted & Vice Chair)
I am a Parent Governor and have been for the last 5 years.
I have a background in education, having taught previously in KS2 as well as having the role of SEND until leaving to start a family. I am now a stay at home mum to three children, the youngest being at AM and the two older children having now moved on to The Redhill Academy.
I take an active role within AM and have been involved as a parent since my eldest child started Church Drive.
I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Safeguarding Governor.
|October 2014||October 2018|
Mrs Susan Bullen (Co-opted)
My name is Sue Bullen and I am one of Arnold Mill's HLTA's. I currently work in class 2E (which is a mixed class of Year 5's and 6's) although I have worked across the school in various year groups for the last 7 years.
This is my third year of being a school Governor for Arnold Mill.
|February 2015||January 2019|
Mrs Caroline Slaney (Co-opted)
|October 2014||October 2018|
Mr Guy Heywood (Parent)
Since my son started at Arnold Mill, I have been impressed with the environment and opportunities provided and feel I could contribute positively to the governing body. As a Commercial Buyer working in industry, maintaining value for money and obtaining quality are standard skills which I could transfer to this role. Through effective communication, I would offer challenge and accountability whilst supporting the vision and leadership of the school. Representing all parents will be a privilege as Arnold Mill looks forward.
|April 2016||April 2020|
Mrs Rosie Allen (Chairperson - Community)
I have been a Community Governor at Arnold Mill for 5 years and started soon after retirement from Secondary School headship. I live in the local area and have been very pleased indeed to be associated with Arnold Mill because every time I visit I am so impressed with the pupils who show such a strong commitment to their school and impress with their good manners and readiness to learn.
I have been particularly involved in literacy at the school and have very much enjoyed my visits to see Read! Write! lessons.
As a governor I see my role as being to gain a really clear picture of the school’s strengths and areas for development and to support the headteacher and her staff in the journey of constant self improvement.
I wish everyone involved with our school the very best for the future.
|February 2015||January 2019|
Mrs Karen Robinson (Vice Chair - Community)
I retired from Arnold Mill Primary School in 2013.
I have been working in school finance for 23 years and gained the Certificate of School Business Management from the National College of School Leadership in 2005. My role as School Manager covered all aspects of school finance as well as requiring me to take a strategic overview of the school. The financial role is crucial in ensuring resources are available to enable effective teaching and learning.
I have also served as a Governor in different capacities for 30 years. During this time I was the Governor representative for Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination.
The Arnold Mill community is very important to me and I believe I can add value to the Governing Body to help to ensure that the needs of all children are met effectively. I feel I am able to support the Head Teacher and all staff in many aspects of school life as they continue to provide a caring, challenging and inclusive environment for all children.
I am the mother of the current School Manager.
|November 2015||November 2019|
Mrs Nicola Lilley
I am a parent of a child in year 3 and am passionate about the governance of the school.
Mrs Emma Monaghan
I have worked as a TA at Arnold Mill for a number of years and currently work in class 1a with year 1 children.
|Sept 2017||Sept 2021|
Mrs Jade Needham
|Dec 2018||Dec 2022|
Mr Anthony Clarke
|May 2018||May 2022|