Governors

Cassiobury Junior School Governing Body

Message from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to the Governing Body section of our website which aims to provide you with some information on our role, the way we are structured and who sits on the Governing Body.

The role of the governing body is often not well understood.  Every grant maintained school, such as ours, has the following core strategic functions:

Establishing the strategic direction of the school, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

Holding the headteacher and other leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, by:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the Headteacher
  • Reviewing the school’s self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Our role is strategic in nature. The headteacher has operational responsibility for the school and most issues should be raised with the school in the first instance rather than going direct to one of the governors.  The governors are proud to work with the Headteacher and the rest of the staff to play a part in developing the children and enabling them to reach their full potential.

The Governing Body meets once or sometimes twice a term as a whole committee but the majority of the detailed work takes place within two main committees:

School Development Committee. This focuses on:

  • Educational assessment
  • Safeguarding
  • Special Educational Needs / Gifted and Talented
  • Pupil Premium / Children Looked After

Resources. This includes:

  • Pay & Finance
  • Buildings
  • Health & Safety
  • Human Resources

Governors also come into school regularly to understand how the school works and verify the information that they are given.

We aim to ensure that we have the right blend of skills on the governing body and that our governors come from a mix in the community.  We have governors who are parents, staff at the school and others from the wider community in order to give us the much needed blend of experience, background and skills.

Albert Churchman


Appointment of Governors

Cassiobury Junior School has five different categories of governor:
  • Parent – elected by the parents at school
  • Staff – proposed by teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Local Authority – proposed by Hertfordshire County Council
  • Co-opted – do not have to elected and are generally members of the local community. They are selected according to skills
  • Associate – are selected from the local community and/or according to skills offered. Do not have voting rights at meetings

All governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body. Please see Governor Committee Matrix at the bottom of this page for more information on which category our governors are in.


Our Governing Body

Mr Albert Churchman – Chair of Governors
Mrs Catriona Buffham – Vice Chair of Governors

Resources Commitee

Mr Malcolm Harrison – Chair
Mr Roger Lye
Mrs Melanie Mack
Mr Vagees Muttukrishnan

School Development Committee (SDC)

Ms Eleni Chrysopoulou – Chair
Mrs Catriona Buffham
Mr Albert Churchman
Mr Rudra Dutta
Mrs Angela Douek
Mrs Michelle Jackson
Rev Dave Middlebrook
Mrs Kirra Moser
Mrs Radhika Tanna

More information about specific roles within the Governing Body can be found on the committee matrix document below



Contact

Normally school contact is via the school admin account, see the “Contact Information” page. You can also contact the chair of governor’s directly on chair@cassioburyjm.herts.sch.uk.