Roles and Responsibilities

Governing Body
Governing bodies are accountable for:

•       The use of public funds,
•       The quality of education provided,
•       The wider contribution to the community.

The school's Governing Body is a Board made up of Church representatives, parents, teaching staff and members of the local community.  They are the strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.
What does the Governing Body do?
The Governing Body has three core responsibilities:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction,
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils,
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 The Governing Body fulfils its responsibilities by:

  • Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved,
  • Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year,
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher,
  • Acting as a link between the local community and the school,
  • Helping to set and manage the school budget,
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.
We meet as a Local Governing Body six times a year but also in working groups and committees, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail. At present our working groups and committees are: 
  • Data Working Group:  Responsible for monitoring pupil performance data
  • Ethos Working Group:  Responsible for ensuring the school's ethos is reflected in all we do
  • Finance Working Group: Responsible for monitoring the school's budget
  • Admissions Committee:  Responsible for reviewing the school's admissions arrangements
  • Pay Committee:  Responsible for reviewing staff pay and appraisal recommendations

At Wraxall Primary School, all Governance duties are carried out in close collaboration with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. It is often said that Governors should aim to act as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher. Every decision made is done so with the best interests of pupils, staff and parents very much in mind.

Our governors take full advantage of the training available to them in all aspects of their responsibilities in order to be as effective as possible. 

Parent Governor Vacancy
We will shortly have a vacancy for a parent governor, for which all parents and carers of children currently attending our school are eligible to apply.  The application deadline is 3.30 pm on Tuesday 28 January 2020.  Information about the process and the application form have been sent to all parents and carers by ParentMail, and can be accessed below.  Please also read the information about "What Does a Governor Do?" and "Governor Ineligibility Information".  If you have any questions, please get in touch: contact details are in the letter, or leave a message at the School Office
The LGB appoints lead-governors with specific responsibilities for key areas of the school's activities and its improvement priorities.
  • Attendance: Mrs Jessica Vallentine
  • Broad and Balanced Curriculum: Mrs Rachel Watts
  • Early Years Foundation Stage: Mrs Rachel Watts
  • Ethos and Christian Distinctiveness: Rev Fran Binding
  • Finance: Mr David Green
  • Health & Safety: Mr Ben O'Connor
  • Literacy: Mrs Rachel Watts
  • Looked After Children: Miss Becky Cawsey
  • Mathematics: Mr Gavin Bishop
  • Online Safety: Miss Becky Cawsey
  • Pupil Premium and PE & Sport Premium: Mrs Rosie Gloyns
  • Raising Attainment & Progress Plan and School Self-Evaluation: Ms Caroline Taylor
  • Safeguarding: Miss Becky Cawsey
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability: Mr Gavin Bishop