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The Board of Governors

The Governing Board has the following core functions:

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties to support the school in achieving these goals.

Operational and managerial decisions are delegated to the head teacher.

King Athelstan is a Community School and its constitution is set out in our Instrument of Government. We have ten governors (each appointed by the Governing Board, with the exception of parent governors who are elected by the parent body and the staff governor who is elected by the staff body) comprising:

  • Two elected Parent Governors
  • One Local Authority Governor (nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Board)
  • One elected Staff Governor
  • The Headteacher
  • Three Co-opted Governors (co-opted for their skills and experience)

All governors, other than the headteacher, who is a governor by virtue of position as headteacher, are appointed for a period of four years.

The governing board has an elected Chair, Caroline Dawes, and Vice Chair, Damon Hart-Davis. These positions are elected by the governing board. Kate Hendry is the clerk to the governing board.

There are three sub-committees – curriculum, resources and SRP and three separate committees for disciplinary, pay and capability issues, each with its own appeals committee.

All governors will be allocated to at least one sub-committee and subject/specialism link role. These roles are appointed annually with due consideration to the strengths and interests of individual governors.

There are three sub-committees as below:

  • Curriculum Committee – responsible for looking at performance data which measures children’s achievements
  • Resources Committee – responsible for signing off the budget and ensuring the school spends within its means
  • SRP (Specialist Resource Provision) Committee – the SRP falls within the remit of the School and our governing board

Link roles

There are a number of link roles which are assigned to individual governors and are associated with specific sub-committees and staff members. These are as follows:

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In our annual School Development Plan (produced by the Senior Leadership Team), a number of key issues will be outlined. Governors will also be allocated a key issue to monitor.

School calendar

  • Y6 Trip to Kew Gardens
    28 March 2023
  • Thinker's Project Exhibition
    28 March 2023
  • Matisse Y2 Class Assembly
    29 March 2023, 9am
  • School breaks up one hour earlier for Easter holidays
    31 March 2023
  • Children return to school
    17 April 2023
  • Y4 trip to Thames Young Mariners
    26 April 2023
  • Bank Holiday
    1 May 2023
  • O'Keeffe Y1 Class Assembly
    3 May 2023, 9am

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