Our Governors

Our Governors

Victoria Davis

Chair of Governors

Paul Williams

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources subcommittee, Health & Safety Governor

Rachel Holmes

Chair of Standards and Curriculum subcommittee, Policy Governor

Helen Murphy

Headteacher

Parent Governor Vacancy

Safeguarding / Child Protection / Filtering & Monitoring Governor

Steve Colden

Immediate Past Chair, Training/Skills Governor

Suzanna Heath

Policy Governor – Finance, Immediate Past Chair of Resources Sub-Committee

Rebecca Perry

Staff Governor

Sara McCoy

SEND Governor

Joanne Lewis

Safer Recruitment Governor

Bobbie Thompson

Parent Governor

Parminder Chohan

Partnership Governor

Who your School Governors are

Name

Responsibilities
Term of Office
Meetings attended 22/23

Helen Murphy

Headteacher
N/A
12 / 13

Victoria Davis

Chair of Governors
29/11/19 - 28/09/27
9 / 9

Rachel Holmes

Partnership Governor - Chair of Standards & Curriculum sub-committee, Policy Governor
29/11/19 - 28/11/2027
4 / 7

Paul Williams

Local Authority Governor - Vice-Chair, Chair - Resources Committee, H&S Governor
13/07/21 - 12/07/25
11 / 12

Stephen Colden

Co-opted Governor - Immediate Past Chair, member of Resources Committee, Training/Skills Governor
03/07/20 - 12/07/25
12 / 13

Suzanna Heath

Co-opted Governor - Immediate Past Chair of Resources Committee, Policy Governor - Finance
11/07/19 - 12/07/25
9 / 10

Sara McCoy

Parent Governor - SEND Governor
29/09/23 - 28/09/2027
0 / 0

Joanne Lewis

Parent Governor - Safer Recruitment Governor
29/09/23 - 28/09/2027
0 / 0

Rebecca Perry

Staff Governor - Standards & Curriculum sub-committee member
04/09/23 - 03/09/27
0 / 0

Bobbie Thompson

Parent Governor
27/10/23 - 26/10/27
0/0

Parminder Chohan

Partnership Governor
19/12/23 - 18/12/27
0/0

Parent Governor Vacancy

Parent Governor
TBC
N/A

Sandra Taylor

Clerk
N/A
N/A

What do Governors do?

What is the Vision of the Governing Body?

At Walmley Infant School our vision is to foster a harmonious and productive partnership between the School Governing Body, teachers, and staff.

We believe that by working hand in hand, we can create an environment that nurtures educational excellence, promotes professional growth, and maximises the potential of every student.

Together, we strive to build a school community where collaboration and empowerment are at the core of our success.

What are the main duties of a School Governor?

The main responsibilities and duties of a Governor include:

  • Promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement
  • Taking general responsibility for the conduct and strategic direction of the school
  • Managing the school’s budget
  • Making sure that the curriculum is balanced and in line with the National Curriculum, and reporting on National Curriculum assessments and examination results
  • Determining the staff complement and pay policy for the school
  • Participating in the appointment of the Head and Deputy Head teacher and other staff and regulating staff conduct and discipline
  • Drawing up an action plan after an inspection

How is the Governing Body made up?

At Walmley Infant School, we currently have the full Governing Body, with two sub-committees focussing on specific topics:

  • Full Governing Body – consisting of all Governors, (Governors made up of staff, parents / carers, LEA, Partnership and co-opted governors).
  • Resources Sub-Committee
  • Standards & Curriculum Sub-Committee

What do the sub-committees / working parties do?

In order to make the work-load manageable, the Governing body appoints sub-committees or working parties to specialise in specific key areas. Recommendations and decisions made at this level are fed into the main Governing body for ratification.

The sub-committees / working parties at Walmley Infant School are:

 

1. Finance/Premises

Responsible for the budget and financial management of the school and for maintaining the fabric of the building. Also, this focuses on the school’s assets and grounds.

 

2. Standards, Curriculum and Pupil Wellbeing

Ensures that current best practice in terms of the National Curriculum coverage and high-teaching is in place; review and evaluate standards across the school as well as review our Curriculum Offer to ensure pupils have the best provision possible.

Why are there different types of Governors?

The composition of governing bodies depends on the number and age range of pupils at the school and is based on DFEE recommendations. The variety of Governor roles is there to involve a cross-section of the local community into the school’s activities. The different categories of Governor are as follows:

 

1. Parent Governors

These Governors are elected by parents of pupils on the school roll and must be parents of pupils attending the school at the point of election.

 

2. LEA Appointed Governors

Representatives of the major political parties.

 

3. Staff Governors

Staff Governors are teaching or non-teaching employees at the school.

 

4. Co-Opted Governors

Co-Opted Governors are people from the local community who wish to work with the school. They are elected by the Governing Body.

 

5. Partnership Governors

Partnership Governors are non-parents/carers of our school, with skills needed to contribute to the effective governance and success. This could be someone in the local community who wishes to support our school. They can be nominated by parents / carers of the school, and/or the Governing Body.

How much time does a School Governor have to devote to the role?

Parent and Partnership Governors serve four years term of office and under usual circumstances, can expect to spend around ten days a year on governance duties.  This includes:

  • The Governing body meets up to twice a term, (usually on Tuesdays starting 6pm). These meetings take on average about 2.5 hours;
  • The sub-committees, (Resources, and Standards & Curriculum), meet once a term and meetings last approximately 1.5 hours. Governors usually become active on one sub-committee / working parties;
  • Preparing for meetings, for example by reading documents and drawing up questions;and
  • visiting the school from time to time during the school day and writing up observations.

You will be expected to, undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, sign a governors’ Code of Conduct and have:

  • a strong commitment to the role and improving outcomes for children;
  • the inquisitiveness to question and analyse;
  • the willingness to learn;
  • good inter-personal skills;
  • appropriate levels of literacy in English (unless a GB is prepared to make special arrangements); and
  • sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.

Do Governors receive training?

Governors are encouraged to undertake relevant training. There is a budget to cover costs. Most training is conducted locally.

Instrument of Government

Instrument of Government (click here)