What does the Governing Body do and why?
At Springfield Lower School, Governors work with staff to support the aims and objectives of the school. We are made up of men and women from many different backgrounds who are able to contribute their time, expertise and interests to support the school in developing the learning of every one of our pupils, develop our staff and support our parents and carers. Our current Chair of Governors is Darren Gibbons and our Vice Chair is Ann Robertson.
We work with the Headteacher and staff group to ensure the best possible education for each individual pupil is being provided, within the schools budget and in accordance with local requirements and national legislation. The school is led and managed on a day to day basis by the Headteacher and her team of education professionals therefore our role is to ensure the effective management of the school by working in close partnership with the Headteacher to achieve continual progress through challenge and support.
How is the Governing Body Formed?
The Governing Body is made up of voluntary representatives from parents and carers, the staff group and members from the local community.
The current constitution for Springfield Lower School, as per the Instrument of Government made by the order of Bedford Borough Council on the 13th May 2015, is that it should consist of: 4 Parent Governors (chosen from parents of school pupils), 1 Local Authority appointed Governor, 1 Headteacher, 1 Staff Governor, 4 Co-opted Governors (suitable members of the community appointed by the governing body).
When does the Governing Body meet?
The governing body meets once every half term. Some of our governors also serve in the Governor School Improvement Group which also meets half-termly and feeds back into the main governors meeting. Governors also have specific responsibilities, such as:
Safeguarding - Anna Goddard
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) - Kim Davenport
Health & Safety - Mark Williams
and Pupil Premium - Ann Robertson.
In order to undertake our roles training is provided by the local authority.
How can I find out more?
Should you wish to know more of our plans or would be interested in joining the team please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Governing Body or Mrs Allen. Also, please click the links below to find out who serves on the governing body, including their appointment dates and pecuniary or other interests, and the minutes and attendance of our last full governing body meetings.
Updated September 2017
Meeting Minutes & Register of Interests