Hello, my name is Karen Cassford and I am privileged to be the Chair of Governors at Hunnyhill. The governing body works with the school, striving for excellence, ensuring high standards of achievement and wellbeing for all children and staff.
Whilst the head teacher is responsible for the operational running of the school, the governing body is accountable for overseeing all strategic decisions, acting as a ‘critical friend’ to monitor, support, challenge, ask questions, and ultimately represent the school community.
At the present time Hunnyhill has seven governors, it is each governor’s responsibility to monitor standards within the school and ensure statutory duties are being carried out. Each governor also takes a strategic responsibility for a particular subject or aspect of school life for example maths or safeguarding.
Good governance is not just about sitting in meetings. Our governors are hands on and assist with school events such as fairs, fundraising events and outings. Governors also attend classes to monitor the impact of the teaching on our learners, assemblies, inspections and local authority reviews.
Key roles of our Governors
To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
How do we monitor?
We look at data collected by the school, the Local Authority and Ofsted.
We visit the school to talk with members of staff and pupils.
We ask for the views of the parents and school community.
As governors ultimately our decisions are determined by what is best for the children of our school.