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Governors

 

Hertford Infant School and Hertford Junior School are governed by a federated body known as the Hertford Federation Governing Board. Together they are a dedicated team of people who all work hard to offer their skills and expertise on a voluntary basis across both schools.

Governors work with the Executive Headteacher and senior leadership team in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement.  They are essential for the running of the school and are legally responsible for it but are not involved in the day to day running of the school which is managed by the senior leadership team.  This leaves governors free to focus on their core functions of:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

They must be able to support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain a good understanding of the schools in order to explain its decisions and actions.  They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role.  There are different categories of governor but they are all equal, work as a team and make collective decisions.  All abide by the governing body code of conduct.  The categories of governor in the Hertford Federation governing board are: co-opted and local authority (both appointed by the governing board but the local authority governor has also been approved by the local authority); parent governors and staff governor (elected by the parent/staffing body) and headteacher staff governor (who can choose to take up the position).  An in-depth handbook about the important work of school governors has been produced by the Department for Education.  The notes, minutes, from the formal meetings held are posted on the governing board meeting webpage.

Hertford Federation Governing Board

Both Hertford Junior School and Hertford Infant School used to have their own  governing body but in May 2017 they decided to join up (federate)  and adopt the new name of Hertford Federation Governing Board.  The newly constituted Hertford Federation Governing Board started on 3rd July 2017 and current governors are listed on the governing team page.   It was also agreed to appoint the deputy headteachers, or Head of School as they are now known as associate members.  Associate members do not have voting rights.   There are currently vacancies - for a co-opted governor and a local authority governor and if you are interested in applying please contact  the clerk to governors: janetjohnson@hertfordjun.brighton-hove.sch.uk.  An application form and skills form will be needed in due course.

 

 
 
 
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