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Role of the School Governors


Welcome to our School Governing Body Page


What does the Governing Body do?

We are here to ensure Bishops Waltham Infant School is a fun, safe place to learn and work. We are interested in getting the best education for the children at our school. To do this, we have three main functions:


  • To ensure Bishops Waltham Infant School has a clear vision and direction

  • To hold our headteacher, Mrs Ginene Riches, to account for the school's performance 

  • To make sure our school's money is well spent




As a body, we meet at least once each half term to discuss a range of school matters. This can include recruitment, finance and the curriculum. We aim to provide a strong link between the school and the local community and offer an independent view to support Bishops Waltham Infants School on long term development and improvement. There are a range of training opportunities available to help us undertake our duties and develop our understanding of the key areas of school management.


You will also see us around the school! Although we don't get involved in day to day operational decisions, we love to see the children and staff in action so we plan visits to see learning, talk to pupils and attend events. Each half term a Health and Safety Walk between members of the body and Mrs Ely, our Site Manager, also takes place. This is to ensure that everything is in order to ensure that the health and safety of the staff, children and visitors to the school is not compromised. Any findings from these regular walkabouts are then built into the budget and prioritised, as appropriate. 

What is involved in a Governor Meeting?

Each of our meetings has a focus; either curriculum or resources (finance, personnel, buildings, health and safety). Discussions in our meetings include items directly related to the school and any outside influences which may affect the way the school runs.


A curriculum meeting may involve: 

  • learning walks, pupil interviews or book-looks
  • discussions around how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and funded 
  • reviews of polices, including those for Relationships and Health Education, Religious Education and Collective Worship
  • discussions around every child's needs being met whether they have special education needs or are in need of more challenge
  • monitoring and reviewing information related to the school's performance


A resources meeting may involve:

  • setting and monitoring the overall school budget; ensuring spending remains within budget
  • dealing with all school personnel issues, both teacher and non-teacher 
  • discussions and plans around the upkeep and expenditure on the school's building and grounds
  • feed back from health and safety walks 


From time to time vacancies exist on our Governing Body. Any applications should be in writing and addressed to the Chair of Governors at Bishops Waltham Infant School. Parent governor elections will take place, as vacancies become available. You will be invited to put yourself forward as candidates, with a secret ballot held if there are more candidates than seats available. 


We currently have two vacancies for co-opted governors.

Would you like to know that you are helping schools and pupils and have the satisfaction of giving something back to the community?

Would you like to broaden your horizons and have a sense of purpose and achievement?

Would you like access to training and support where you can learn new transferable skills? 

Yes!? Then contact us now and complete an application to join our friendly team!




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