The Governing Board of Windmill Hill
The Governing Board of Windmill Hill work, in partnership with the Headteacher, to develop and drive the strategic vision of the school. It has statutory duties that include, agreeing the school budget and expenditure and ensuring key policies are in place. Governors do not get involved with the day to day running of the school. Their role is that of a “critical friend” asking challenging questions and providing support. In order to be effective, Governors are expected to attend training and read all the relevant documentation. There are 3 full Governing Body meetings a year as well as 3 sub-committee meetings. These sub-committees are Curriculum, Finance and Buildings and Grounds.
At Windmill Hill Primary School we have the following sub-committees:
Buildings & Grounds:
The main purpose is to discuss health and safety; sustainability and maintenance of the learning environment and ensuring accessibility to key areas of the school grounds.
The key areas of focus are future planning and building; risk registration; staffing and recruitment; legal compliance and general financial responsibilities.
The primary focus is to discuss and monitor all aspects of our school’s work on attainment and progress. Their goal is to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that meets statutory requirements.
Chair of Governors Claire Pentin
Governors' Impact Statement 2022/2023
Another year has gone by and the Governors and staff continue to work though some very challenging times. These challenging times not only affect the school but also you, as parents and a community. The Covid pandemic is still being felt and as we head towards the winter. We continue to be vigilant and ensure we continue to provide a safe environment for the children and staff at Windmill Hill Primary School.
The cost of living crisis is also a huge concern for your families and for the school but as ever, the school team continue to work hard to ensure that we get best value for all the services we procure. The staff are also available to offer support to families who are struggling with the rise in bills and food costs. Please do not struggle alone; come and ask for support. Staff continue to work tirelessly throughout the school term and you will often find staff around school during the school holidays.
As a Governing Board, our aim is to continue to work alongside the staff to ensure these standards are met, and where possible, exceeded. We know that the school is well equipped to deal with the challenges ahead. The senior leadership team at school are robustly looking at tracking children and identifying gaps in children’s education, identifying strategies to support children and work with you as parents to support all children to reach their potential.
The Governing Board continue to attend online and face-to-face committee and Governing Board meetings. Governors scrutinise areas such as Safeguarding, financial management, staff recruitment and performance. We ensure that the budget balances in light of the rise in energy costs. We act as a critical friend where possible but always holding to account where needed. Safeguarding is at the heart of all the work the governors do; this includes scrutinising health and safety and the well-being of children and staff.
All Governors have received up-to-date comprehensive training to ensure confidence to cope with any issues that should arise. I am proud to say that I am part of the Windmill Hill Primary school community and wish all children, parents and staff all the very best for the next academic year.
Chair of Governors Claire Pentin
The list Governing Body members and all of the courses that have been attended are available below.