On behalf of all the school governors I am delighted to welcome you to the Rowde Primary Academy website. Please use this opportunity to find out about our vibrant school community, read our recent Newsletters to see what goes on in school and look at the pictures of our children enjoying learning.
Being a church school we are not only inspected by OfSTED but also by the Salisbury Diocese as part of a national inspection framework of all church schools (SIAMS). The SIAMS inspection took place in February 2017 and the report truly reflects our school and recognises the support we give to meet the needs of all our children, the effective leadership and management and how we ensure we have a Christian ethos in all we do. The inspector judged us as OUTSTANDING in all four of the inspection categories and OUTSTANDING overall. Go to the ‘Our school’ section of this website and read our SIAMS inspection report.
This part of the website, however, is intended to give you an insight into the voluntary work carried out by governors.
As a Church of England Academy, our governors include seven Foundation Governors, who represent the parishes of Rowde and Poulshot, as well as two Parent Governors, two Staff Governors and the Headteacher. The Governing Board can also co-opt additional governors if they have particular expertise that would help the Governing Board. Governors are appointed for a 4-year term, after which they may be re-elected/reappointed. For Parent Governors, their term automatically ends when they no longer have children at the school. Each year the Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors are appointed by the governors from within the existing membership of the Governing Board.
School governors are the equivalent of a Board of Directors. Collectively, we maintain strategic oversight of the school, providing both support and constructive challenge to the Headteacher and other senior leaders. We also ensure that the school is financially viable and money is well spent. We are required to help determine and ratify school policies, particularly those that are statutory, and ensure that they can be practically implemented. The staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and a governor’s role is strategic, not operational. However governors are encouraged to visit the school during the school day and as Chair of Governors I am in school at least one day a week meeting with senior leaders and getting to know staff and pupils by helping in classrooms. We hold Governors’ Days during the year when all the governors are in school involved in activities in the classrooms. As well as Full Governing Board meetings, that take place each month in term time, governance is administered through a structure of committees and working groups which all report back to the Full Governing Board. Our committees are:
Curriculum and Assessment
Working groups lead on monitoring the School Development Plan and the safety and development of our premises whilst other groups have links with individual staff responsible for curriculum subjects or particular groups of pupils such as those with special educational needs. The Headteacher is accountable to the Governing Board for all aspects of the school’s performance which is closely monitored by the Full Governing Board. Governors are encouraged to attend relevant training courses, including school-based training and courses arranged through Wiltshire Council or the Diocese of Salisbury Educational Trust. Governors who attend training courses provide feedback to the Full Governing Board so that we can all keep up to date with current education practice and policy.
Wiltshire Council carries out a background check (DBS) of all governors to ensure that they are eligible to serve as governors and work with children. A full list of our current governors is shown further down this page with our photographs so that you can recognise us around school. If you want to find out more about what we do or how you can be a governor, please contact me or the Clerk to the Governors.