Our School

Governance Team

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school's governors, and the work that we do. You can also read the minutes from our meetings: copies available from the school office.

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff- the phrase often used to describe this role is 'a critical friend'. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Our legal duties include:-

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher

The Governing Body meets at least once every (new) term. We sometimes set up committees or working groups to look at particular issues (such as pay, performance management, buildings development). A Finance Committee meets every half term (Headteacher, Governor responsible for Finance and the School Bursar). All governors are informed about what happens at these finance meetings.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Community governors, the Local Authority (LA), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

Name Appointed as
Tim Applebee Chair
Zafar Ali Community Governor
Anne Lakin Community Governor
Susan Bartlett Community Governor
Andrew Neal Community Governor
Zaibun Khan Staff Governor
Helene Herrington Staff Governor
Suzanne Carter  Headteacher
Sheila Stevenson Community Governor
Umera Tariq Parent Governor

To review governor attendance and declarations of interest, please follow this link.

Previous Governors in the last 12 months

Name Appointed as
Basharat Iqbal Parent Governor
Shabnam Rasool Parent Governor
Mahila Miah Staff Governor (associate)

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us care of the School office or email us at office@eastwoodcommunityschool.co.uk

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