GREETINGS FROM YOUR GOVERNING BODY!
All schools have governing bodies. They work with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, and together they are responsible for the strategic leadership of the school. The main three main elements of this are:
- Planning: setting the aims, objectives, principles and targets for the school; establishing and monitoring school policies
- Monitoring: making sure we are doing what we planned to do
- Evaluating: checking whether what we have done has been successful and is sustainable financially
Who is on the Governing Body?
All governing bodies include:
- Parent governors (elected by parents)
- Staff governors (including the Headteacher)
- Local authority governors (appointed by the three main political parties)
- Community governors
- Associate members
The Governing body members represented on two committees:
The Resources Committee is responsible for the Centre’s budget, the use and maintenance of the Centre’s buildings and outside space, and monitoring the quality of staff and their wellbeing.
Children and Families
The role of the Children and Families Committee is to consider and advise the governing body on standards and other matters relating to the centre’s curriculum, including the statutory requirements we must meet. The committee takes a leading role in the centre’s work on safeguarding, SEN, ethnic minority achievement and the admissions policy and procedures. It also aims to develop strategies to increase parent and families’ participation as well as partnership and working arrangements between TCC, Coram Parents Centre, Collingham Gardens Nursery, and with other organisations on the campus.
Ways to get involved
We hope this has given you a clearer idea of what the governing body does. We are very aware that we are accountable to our service users (you!) and welcome input on any of the content of this report, or any other issues you feel the governing body should be working on. If this has interested you, you might be asking how can I become a governor? There are five parent governors. When a vacancy arises, letters and posters inform all our parents. If you would like to be more involved in running the centre or you know a parent, who would like to be a governor, you can nominate them. We are always looking for more parents to become involved, so if you think you might like to get involved in any of the work running the Thomas Coram Centre this year, please speak to Lillian in the office.