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Riseley C of E Primary School

Governors

Governor

Governors type

Mrs L Simister

Chair

Mr D Dyson

Headteacher

Revd M Bailey 

Foundation

Mr G Cole

Local Authority

Mrs H Shelton

Foundation

Mr D Foster

Foundation

Mrs R Hargreaves

Foundation

Mrs Sam Toseland

Foundation

Mrs H King

Teacher

Mrs L Felce

Parent

Mrs J Walsh

Parent

Mrs D Smith

Associate

Mrs S Gibson is the Clerk to the Governing Body and can be contacted through the school. Full Governors' meetings are held at least twice a term. Working groups also convene from time to time.

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, the governors have, for many years, been actively involved in the management of the school. Legislation has now brought responsibilities to all school governors, long held by those of Aided schools. However, there remain clear advantages to our aided status, not only because of the particular Christian foundation of the school but also in terms of school buildings and their funding.

The composition of the governing body is determined by law and in a school such as ours strongly reflects its foundation as a church school. The local community is also served by the fact that non-staff governors live within the communities served by the school. This leaves the Governors refreshingly free from political rivalries and able to unite to serve the best interests of our school. Although only two governors are elected by parents, it is required that two foundation governors should also be parents so you can be assured that the best interests of the children are fully represented.

A few words from Lynda Simister, Chair of the Governing Body

It is good to have this opportunity to tell you something of the work of the School’s governors. As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, the governors have for many years been actively involved in the management of the School. In fact, recent legislation has now brought responsibilities to all School governors long held by those of Aided schools. However, there remain clear advantages to our Aided status not only because of the particular Christian foundation of the School but also in terms of school buildings and their funding.

The composition of governing bodies is determined by law and in a School such as ours strongly reflects its foundation as a Church School. The local community is also served by the fact that non-staff governors live within the communities served by the School. This leaves the governors refreshingly free from political rivalries and able to unite to serve the best interests of our School. Although only one governor is elected by parents we are required to ensure that two foundation governors should also be parents so you can be sure we are anxious for the very best educational provision!

What then are the governors’ responsibilities? The simple answer, the governors are ultimately accountable for everything in the running of the School except the kitchen! We are responsible for the administration of the School budget, the curriculum and for the buildings, although some items of maintenance remain with the LA. Much of the responsibility is of course exercised day to day by the Headteacher and members of staff, and rightly so. What we are seeking to achieve however, is a genuine partnership. We aim to create the very best for the School, between governors and staff, you as parents and the wider scene, the Local Authority and the Diocesan Education Committee.

Needless to say, long gone are the days when being a governor meant three brief meetings a year and coming to the School concert. Being a governor today demands a real commitment of time and energy.

So do give the governors your full support and do remember we are responsible to you as parents to provide the very best for your children.