Governors’ Communication

Governors’ communication


Governors’ News : December 2014

This term has seen the appointment of a new Chairman of the Governing Body and vice Chairman following the retirement of Harry James after 12 years as Chair. Gerry Stride was unanimously voted in as Chair, having served as a governor at Holy Trinity Primary School for 11 years.  Gerry is a retired primary school teacher with over 30 years’ experience of the state and independent sector and attends Holy Trinity church in Barnes.  She is well known to pupils and staff at HT as she plays the piano for weekly assemblies, as well as being the Link governor for Literacy, Music and RE so is a familiar face in the classrooms too.  As Chair, Gerry is committed to “ensure that Holy Trinity School never loses its heart of compassion and friendship and where each person is valued and supported.” Michele Marcus was voted in as vice Chair, after 6 years serving as a Foundation Governor, appointed by Holy Trinity church, Richmond.  With a background in PR, communication and media, Michele is well known among the year 6 pupils as she oversees the production of the school newspaper, Kingfisher Frenzy.  She is also the Link governor for Humanities.


What does it mean to be a school governor?

This term governors have signed a new Code of Conduct which clearly sets out the expectations and commitment required in order to carry out our responsibilities effectively.  School governance has become a hot topic in the press recently so schools are being encouraged to make sure that governors are fully on board with these undertakings. The 3 core functions of school governance are to establish strategic direction, ensure accountability and ensure financial probity. Each Holy Trinity governor has personally signed the Code of Conduct which includes their agreement to uphold the 7 principles of public life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership. As well as attending two full governing body meetings per term, our governors, who are all unpaid volunteers, sit on a number of sub-committees such as finance, curriculum and standards and personnel that provide the overview to manage a school professionally.  Governors also have a Link role where they are paired with a subject coordinator, such as Languages or Numeracy, or a key area such as SEN or Early Years.  They meet termly with their counterpart to make classroom visits, informal lesson observations, look at pupils’ work books and review annual action plans.


Is Holy Trinity’s governance any better than others?

As in all that Holy Trinity School does, our governors strive for excellence and to be the best we possibly can be to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils.  We were therefore delighted recently to be awarded the Governor Mark by the National Governors’ Association which shows that our governance has met an independently judged quality standard of leadership and management and demonstrates sustained excellence.  In order to achieve the award, we submitted reams of evidence from sub-committee minutes and reports, wrote detailed case studies and several governors were interviewed. Only two other schools in Richmond and Kingston local authorities have been awarded the Governor Mark.

Governor Meetings

Governor Meetings

The full governing body (FGB) meetings this academic year are being held as follows;

Monday 26th June at 6.30pm

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