Thank you for visiting the Governors' section of the website. I am the current Chair of Governors, and a parent of 2 children at the school, names of the other Governors are usually listed on this website.
This section is designed to briefly explain what the Governing Body does, and from time to time we may post specific requests for feedback on various issues here.
The Governing Body (GB) meets at least once a term. Harrison has eighteen Governors made up of staff, parent, community and LEA governors.
Governors are appointed to provide
◦strong links between the school and the community it serves
◦a wide experience of the outside world
◦an independent view
◦a visible form of accountability for the headteacher and staff of the school
◦a team focusing on long term development and improvement
◦accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school
◦support for the headteacher and staff
Governing bodies are the strategic planners of schools
In order to do this a governing body:
◦employs others to carry out the work
◦has an operational manager (the headteacher) who is responsible for the day to day management of the school
◦agrees policies and practice which allows the headteacher the necessary tools to carry out his/her responsibilities
◦agrees principles and targets for improvement
◦acts as the critical friend of the school and headteacher
◦receives and discusses reports on the resulting practice and conduct of the school
◦reviews its own working practices
(taken from Hantsweb)
The GB is supported by two committees: The 'Resources' and the 'Learning and Teaching' committees each with about half the total GB membership. These meet roughly once a term.
The Resources committee deals with the Finance, Personnel and Building matters and allocated policies. The Learning and Teaching committee deals with the Curriculum, the 'School Improvement Plan', publicity matters and the majority of the school policies.
Governors are also encouraged, individually, to monitor (watch, listen and celebrate) a particular Year Group and a curriculum subject. If you would like to contact the Governing Body, you can do so via this link or the school. Please note that many issues should normally be raised with the school staff in the first instance, but if you are not sure how to proceed we will be pleased to advise and look forward to hearing from you.
Chair of Governors