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Dry Drayton Church of England (C) Primary School

Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. If you would like to contact any of the Governors, please do so via the Clerk,  Katie Tween, at clerk@drydrayton.cambs.sch.uk

The governing board of Dry Drayton CE(C) Primary School provides strategic leadership and accountability in school. It has three key functions:

 

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

 

The governing board has constituted two committees to assist in this work: “Resources”, and “Curriculum & Learning”. The Terms of Reference for each committee set out the particular areas of responsibility and delegated functions. Briefly, these are finance, personnel, premises, and health and safety for the Resources committee, and ensuring high standards of educational achievement for the Curriculum & Learning committee. Committee membership is shown below:

 

Resources Committee 2021/22

Curriculum & Learning Committee 2021/22

Laura Bryant (chair)

Nicole Chaney (chair)

Sonia Hegan

Sonia Hegan

Stephen Gardner

Sue Wyatt

Daniel Barker

Fiona Sweetnam

Helen Hodgson

Lindsey Russell

 

Individual governors may also have one or more portfolios, which allow focus on specific areas of governance. The current portfolio areas are: safeguarding; staff and pupil wellbeing; SEND, Pupil Premium and Looked After Children; SIAMS and RE; maths; English; and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 

Portfolio governors are responsible for monitoring their specific area of governance, for example by visiting the school; meeting and questioning school leaders; talking to teachers, pupils and parents; meeting with Local Authority advisers; and reporting back to the relevant committee or full governing board.

 

Governor portfolios and committee membership are reviewed at the start of each academic year to ensure that governor work is focussed on key priorities for the school, and that we are meeting our responsibility to ensure legal and regulatory compliance. For the 2021/22 academic year, the key priorities for school are:

 

  • Key priority 1:  Ensure opportunities for pupils to apply good quality writing skills across the wider curriculum are further developed and embedded.
  • Key priority 2:   The design of the curriculum supports pupils' continuous progression in knowledge, skills and understanding across all foundation subjects and across all years.  Developing the curriculum so that pupils have sufficient learning time to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding more effectively in all subjects.
  • Key priority 3:  Ensuring that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good or better. Continuing to monitor, closely evaluate and promptly respond to the impact of the actions taken to improve teaching and learning.
  • Key priority 4:  Ensuring that the governing body continues to establish clear systems of checking standards across the whole curriculum and holds leaders to account for the quality of education provided.
  • Key priority 5:  To create a highly stimulating environment with a curriculum which provides rich, varied and imaginative experiences for Reception children.

 

Key priorities 1 and 5 will be monitored by the link governors for English and the Early Years Foundation Stage, respectively. Key priorities 2 and 3 will be overseen by the Curriculum and Learning committee, with monitoring activities shared between governors. Progress against all the key priorities will be recorded in the School Improvement Plan and reviewed by governors every half term.

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