“Governors are highly skilled, dedicated and passionate about the work they do in the school. They work closely with the senior staff and other leaders in the school; they are highly effective in supporting the school and holding leaders to account.” – OFSTED, 2016.
Our governors are volunteers who give up their time to oversee the development of the Learn to Live Federation. The governors work collectively as a team, responsible for overseeing both schools (Ellen Tinkham School & Bidwell Brook School) within the Federation.
Some of our governors are parents and staff, whilst others may be local residents or business people.
Please see our governors below:
Three Key Roles of the Governing Body
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational peformance of the federation and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the federation and making sure its money is well spent
The Structure of the Governing Body
The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once every half term, with each governor also serving on one of the two sub committees, also meeting once every half term. In addition, governors may also be members of smaller committees, convened when necessary. Governor meetings are currently held during the school day, and can be held at either school location.
Our sub committees are:
- Teaching and Learning Committee
- Core Business Team Committee (which includes finance, personnel, health & safety, premises)
Each committee has its own terms of reference and delegated responsibilities, such as adopting policies.
Every governor has a portfolio area that they are responsible for, e.g. safeguarding, health & safety, finance etc. and will act as a link governor, making enquiries of the relevant staff and reporting back to the governing board.
Becoming a School Governor
Volunteering as a school governor is extremely rewarding work, allowing you to be part of a very dedicated team and utilising your skills and experience to make a positive different to the federation.
If you would like any further information about becoming a governor, please contact the clerk on:
For all documentation pertaining to our governing body, please follow the link to the Governor Documents page.