School Governors

Worthington Primary School Governing Body

Welcome to the governor’s page for Worthington Primary School. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about ourselves, our roles and our aims.

We are:

The Worthington Primary School Governing Body has fifteen governors, all of whom bring different skills to Worthington Primary. They comprise three parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor and nine co-opted governors. The headteacher is not a member of the Governing Body but acts in an advisory capacity and attends all meetings.

Governors are volunteers who give their time and commitment to what we hope is a very rewarding role and experience. We are subject to an OFSTED inspection at the same time as the school and are rated in the same way that schools are.

Our aim is to be an effective governing body in challenging and supporting the headteacher so that we maintain our happy and successful school and at the same time meet our statutory responsibilities.

The Governing Body:

  • has the capacity to meet the schools needs
  • is influential in determining the strategic direction of the school
  • are rigorous in ensuring that pupils and staff are safe and discharge their statutory duties effectively
  • are fully and systematically involved in evaluating the school
  • have relationships with staff which are constructive
  • governors show determination in challenging and supporting the school

There is a great deal expected of governing bodies which is why it is important that responsibilities are shared.

How do we achieve this?

The full Governing Body meets three times a year, once each term, but we also have a number of sub committees which meet more regularly throughout the year.

The Buildings Committee deals mainly with health and safety, safeguarding and premises maintenance.

The Curriculum Committee deals with the monitoring and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan, pupils progress and attainment, curriculum related policies and standards.

The Finance Committee deals mainly with money matters, (budget setting, approval, planning and monitoring of expenditure against income). It is required to meet a number of rigorous standards and its work is open to audit.

The Personnel Committee deals mainly with appointments and induction, staffing and the performance management of all teaching staff other than the headteacher.

We also have another committee that deals with the Pay Review of staff and one that reviews the headteacher’s performance management.

We also have a number of link governors. These are governors who have taken on extra responsibility and visit school during school hours. They meet with coordinators throughout the year and occasionally observe lessons, and attend staff meetings related to their particular area of responsibility and report back to the Full Governing Body each term.

Throughout we are supported by Trafford’s Governor Support Service who provide advice and training when we need it.

For more information about becoming a school governor please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.

Instrument of Government: Community Schools for governing body constituted in accordance with the school governance (Constitution) (England) regulations 2012

  1. The name of the school is: Worthington Primary School
  2. The school is a community school
  3. The name of the governing body is:
    The Governing Body of Worthington Primary School
  4. The governing body shall consist of:
    1. three parent governors
    2. one Local Authority governor
    3. one staff governor
    4. nine co-opted governors
  5. The total number of governors shall be 15
  6. This instrument comes into effect on 1st September 2015
  7. This instrument was made by order of Trafford Borough Council on 31 May 2015
  8. A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and the head teacher if not a governor).

As noted above, the headteacher is not a governor but does attend every meeting of the governing body and its committees.