About School Governance
Governors are volunteers who work closely with the Head teacher and the school’s senior leadership team to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all children. Governors are generally parents, professionals and members of the community from all walks of life, who bring varied skills and experience to support the leadership of the school.
The Governing Body focuses on three core functions:
We make decisions as a corporate group so no single Governor is ever solely responsible, and as a body some of our specific responsibilities include:
Setting the strategic vision for the school.
Appointing and performance managing the Head teacher.
Ensuring the quality of teaching and learning and therefore pupil achievement in the school is meeting or exceeding agreed targets.
Ensuring that an appropriate curriculum is taught.
Celebrating the school’s successes.
Ensuring all the school’s results are published each year.
Inputting to and ratifying school policies.
Monitoring the school budget to ensure financial security.
Helping to decide priorities for the school such as new building work or staffing structures.
We currently meet monthly as an establishing governing body, to focus on all key areas such including finance, safeguarding, learning and teaching, standards and leadership. Please see the calendar for past and near future dates.
We receive the Head teacher’s report termly covering the crucial areas of the school’s work that we are required to monitor against the School Improvement Plan: teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment results, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Pupil Premium activity (how we spend additional funds from Government specifically to support our children in receipt of Free School Meals), how school challenges high achieving pupils, Foundation stage, PE/sport, staffing, budget, premises and more. There’s a lot of ‘business’ to address at each meeting but the children’s safety, happiness and progress is always our priority in all that we do, as it is for everyone at school.
Governors also play an active part in school life (attend performances, fundraisers, sports days etc.) and carry out regular monitoring visits in school on an area of focus (e.g. SEN, Mathematics, English, Safeguarding etc.) so you and the children should see us around and about at school!
Who can be a school governor?
Our current Governing Body (currently being updated)
Date of appointment
|Terms of Office ends||Appointed by||Responsibilities|
Register of Interests
|Relationship to staff|
Mr Steven Williams
|Mr Micheal Berriman (Chair of Governors)||Authority||1.9.17||31.08.21||Safeguarding||None||Married to Mrs Berriman - Year 3 teacher|
Mrs Sally Morrison
(Vice Chair of Governors)
|Mr Abdul Thadha||Parent||1.9.19||31.08.21||Anti Bullying|
Managing Director of a book publishing company
|Mr Osman Khatri||Parent||5.12.19||4.12.23||Married to Mrs Khatri - Year 1 teaching assistant|
|Mrs Mary Montgomery||Co-opted||3.11.17||02.11.21||Safeguarding||None|
|Mrs Wendy Harrison||Co-opted||15.10.20||14.10.24|
Some consultancy support given to the school
|Mrs Nosaiba Inayatullah||Parent||12.3.20||11.3.22|
|Ms Michelle Robinson||Staff||1.9.19||31.08.21||Special Educational Needs|
|Mr Luke Watkins||Staff|
|Mrs Jo Lawrance (Clerk)||n/a||12.12.07||n/a||None|
|Mrs Rehana Miah (Deputy Head)||n/a||n/a||None|
|Mrs Sarah Niner (Deputy Head)||n/a||n/a||None|
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Medway Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. For further information please view or download the full document below.
Governors Attendance 2020 - 2021
V = Virtual
|Name||Full 27.8.20 (Virtual)||Full 15.10.20||Full 19.11.20||Full 17.12.20||Full 28.1.21||Full 25.2.21||Full 25.3.21||Full 22.4.21||Full 20.5.21||Full 17.6.21||Full 8.7.21|
|Mr Berriman||Y||Y||Y (V)||Y||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y||Y||Y (V)||Y|
|Ms Morrison||Y||N||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||N||Y (V)||N||Y (V)||N|
|Mr Thadha||N||N||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||N||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||N|
|Mr Khatri||Y||Y||Y||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||N||Y (V)||Y (V)|
|Mrs Inayatullah||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y (V)||N||Y (V)||N||Y (V)||N|
|Mrs Harrison||Y||Y||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y|
|Ms Robinson||Y||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||N||Y (V)|
|Mrs Montgomery||Y||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)||Y (V)|
Governors Attendance Academic Year 2019- 2020
Due to COVID19, 5 meetings from March were conducted via TEAMS