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Governance at Hilperton Primary School

At Hilperton Primary School, we value everyone who stretches that extra mile to make our school special.

This, of course, includes our 'Governors' and 'Parents and Friends Association'.

All Governors are unpaid volunteers, elected for four years, and include: parents/carers, staff and non-staff who work within the school, church foundation governors and individuals drawn from the wider community. One Governor is selected by the Local Authority.

Currently we have 9 Governors.  An effective Governing Body is typically one which draws on experience from a range of backgrounds including education, commerce and the public sector.

The Governing Body provides non-executive leadership.  Its role is to operate at a strategic level with 3 core functions.  These are to set the vision and strategic direction of the school; hold the headteacher to account for its educational performance; and to ensure financial resources are well spent.  The headteacher and senior leaders are responsible for the day to day running of the school, however, it is the governing body's role to hold the headteacher to account for the overall impact of the management of the school.  This is done by offering both challenge and support to the senior leadership team.

The full governing body meets as a whole at least 3 times per year.  However, its members are split into 3 committees; Teaching and Learning, Staffing and Resources and Safeguarding.  Each of these committees meet approximately once per term and members often break into smaller working parties to look more closely at how specific aspects of the school can be improved.

Minutes for the Full Governing Body meetings are available by request from the office.