The Role of the Governing Body
The purpose of the Governing Body is to work together to have a positive impact on the attainment of the pupils in the school.
The Governing Body is made up of volunteers. These volunteers are drawn from parents of pupils at the school, teaching and support staff, members of the community and those nominated by the Local Authority.
Governors find being part of the Governing Body a worthwhile and rewarding experience. They enjoy being involved in the life of the school, being able to make a difference and seeing the children benefit.
The full Governing Body meets six times a year. Some responsibilities are delegated to committees.
The key roles of the Governing Body are:
- Strategic Leadership – the decision making based around the values, aims and aspirations of the school
- Support and Challenge – the monitoring and evaluation of the school’s effectiveness, asking challenging questions and pressing for improvement
- Accountability – the Headteacher is accountable to the Governing Body for the attainment and progress of every pupil in the school, the curriculum they receive and the leadership and management decisions that help this to happen.
The key responsibilities of the Governing Body are:
- Pupil achievement – the Governing Body establishes an ethos of expectations and aspirations for all. It will identify how well the school and individual pupils are achieving and challenge any underperformance of cohorts and groups each year and over time. It identifies whether pupils are making expected progress, and where pupils fall behind, what action the school is taking to support those pupils, and whether that remedial action is successful
- Financial Management – the Governing Body has overall responsibility of the delegated budget and reviews the finances regularly to ensure that the school is on track and obtaining value for money.
- Staffing – whilst recruitment and appointment of new staff is the responsibility of the Headteacher, the total number of staff employed remains the Governing Body’s responsibility. They appoint the Headteacher and carry out the performance management of the Headteacher each year. Retention of good staff and leadership planning is an important consideration for the Governing Body.
- Health and Safety – the day to day Health and Safety of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher however the H&S committee and all governors monitor the school to ensure everything in place is to a high standard and compliant with guidelines
Additional Information can be found here
Note from Chair of Governors - Ms Kathy Dee
I would just like to say...welcome to our Governors' Page. I have been a governor here since the amalgamation in April 2012, but prior to that I was a governor on both the infant and junior school governing bodies. I have been involved with the William Bellamy community now for 8 years; I live in Dagenham and know the community very well.
As a governor, I am totally committed to making sure that every child has aspirations to fulfil their potential. My main aim is to ensure that all our pupils have a good school where they feel valued, happy and safe.
I am regularly in the school and would be happy to speak with you at your request. Please feel free to contact me via the Contact Form or email me directly using the form below
Note from Vice Chair - Mr Kevin Pike
My name is Kevin Pike and I was a Parent Governor and am now a Co-opted Governor at William Bellamy Primary School. I take it as a great privilege to be a part of such a body. As a parent, your wish and dream is to see that your child or children receive the best education possible.
In my role as a School Governor it helps me to get a clear insight and allows me to be able to contribute and be a part of taking the school in the right direction, so that every individual pupil receives the best possible education regardless of who they are or where they are from. This will enable to take them to the next stage of their lives.