What is a Governing Body?
Welcome to the Local Governing Body page of the Benhurst Primary School website. All schools are required to have a Governing Body. School Governors are volunteers who work together with the Headteacher in agreeing the aims and conduct of the school, ensuring that the pupils have a full entitlement to the agreed curriculum and managing the school within its allocated budget.
The Governors at our school are agreed by the Board of The LIFE Education Trust and a combination of parents, school staff and members from the local community.
If you are interested in supporting or becoming a Governor, would like to support the Governing Body in another capacity or have any questions regarding the role of our Governors, please email Mr Fred Steel via the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, you can write to:
Mr F Steel, Chair of Governors, Benhurst Primary School, Benhurst Avenue, Elm Park, Essex. RM12 4QS
Governors are appointed to provide strong links between the school and the community it serves a wide experience of the outside world an independent view a visible form of accountability for the Headteacher and staff of the school a team focusing on long term development and improvement accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school support for the Headteacher and staff.
School Governors aim to attend the regular and special meetings of the full Local Governing Body in the best interests of the school work on specific topics (e.g. the financial management of the school, the curriculum, staff appointments and personnel issues, the school premises, school policies and the training of governors) become well-informed about education in general and about Benhurst school in particular become familiar with the rules of school governance attend necessary training courses visit the school to gain further insight about particular issues by arrangement with the Headteacher.
In order to do this, our Local Governing Body:
- works with the Headteacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school
- agrees policies and practice that assist the Headteacher and staff to carry out their responsibilities
- agrees principles and targets for improvement
- acts as the critical friend of the school and Headteacher
- receives and discusses Healthcheck reports on the resulting practice and conduct of the school
- reviews its own working practices works within the regulations for governing bodies that are provided by the DfE and other statutory bodies.
Membership of the Local Governing Body for 2017-18
Mr Fred Steel (Chair)
Mr Dean Jeffreys (Vice Chair)
Mr David Denchfield (Head teacher)
Mrs Stella McCarthy (Staff Governor)
Mr Kevin Cooper
Mrs Abiola Fakayode
Miss Anna Gray
Mrs Bev Mills
Mrs Claire Watkins