Forestdale Primary School

 

Governing Board

The Governing Board carries out a very important job behind the scenes in supporting and challenging the school staff to improve the outcomes for children.

A Message from the Chair of Governors

 

I am delighted to have this opportunity to speak to you on behalf of the Governors.

 

I have been a Governor at the school for almost six years and was elected chair at the governing board meeting in September 2022. Prior to this I had been Vice Chair for two years.

 

Prior to having children I worked in quality management in other educational sectors. I now work in a senior school as an Exams Officer. I have 2 children at Forestdale Primary and I am an ex-pupil.

 

As we settle back into the “new normal” the Head and her team work at length to ensure all our pupils receive the continued high standard of education that was identified in our most recent Ofsted inspection. It is the job of the Governors to support the Head to build on the school’s strengths and to monitor the school’s performance, questioning the Head when appropriate.

 

I can be contacted on chair@forestdale.croydon.sch.uk and I look forward to sharing the achievements of the school with pupils, parents and staff during this academic year.

 

Lara Smith

 

 Forestdale School’s Governors    

The Full Governing Board comprises eleven voting members including:

  • 2 Parent governors (appointed by parents)                                 
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by Croydon)
  • 1 Staff Governor (appointed by staff)                                             
  • 9 Co-opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)
  • Head Teacher 

The Governors at Forestdale Primary School are a friendly and dedicated group of volunteers responsible for overseeing the management side of the school: strategy, policy, budgeting, safeguarding and staffing, in order to enable the school to run as effectively as possible.  They are motivated to contribute time and knowledge by the enthusiasm of the school community and to make a difference to the education of Forestdale children. 

The Full Governing Board is the school's accountable body.

The Board has 3 core functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The Full Governing Board has a code of conduct that sets out the expectations, commitment and behaviour required to enable the Board to effectively carry out its work within the school and the community. These standards are upheld by using the Seven Principles of Public Life (also known as the Nolan Principles)

 

Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the Head Teacher and senior leadership team, bringing a range of skills and expertise from their professional and personal lives to the Governing Board.  Each governor has one or more defined areas of responsibility linked to the School Development Plan, generally based on their skills and expertise, and as an integral part of their strategic monitoring of these roles and to ensure robust school accountability make termly Governor visits and report back to the Board.

The Full Governing Board meets together at least twice a term, currently online, and are supported by a professional Clerk, who ensures statutory responsibilities are met.  There is a wide range of training available and support in the role along with networking opportunities.

The Governing Board are always looking out for new governors, if you would like more details on becoming a governor please click here to contact Lara Smith, Chair of Governors (please see above).

 Who We Are    

  

  • Mrs S. Aburrow
    Co-opted Governor (Deputy Head)
  • Mr A. Aderinola
    Parent Governor
  • Mrs S. Archer
    Parent Governor
  • Ms L. Chick
    Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs S. Eardley
    Local Authority Nominated Governor
  • Ms V. Esparon
    Ex Officio Governor (Head Teacher)
  • Mrs C. Hart
    Senior Leader Observer (non voting)
  • Mr G. Hopper
    Parent Governor
  • Mr F. Mirza
    Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs V. Phoo Par
    Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs S. Scott
    Clerk to Governors (non voting)
  • Mr D. Simmonds
    Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs L. Smith
    Co-opted Governor Chair of Governors
  • Miss J. Turner
    Teacher Governor

For details of terms of office, attendance and relevant interests please see here.

 Our activities in the past year    

In the last year the governors have met seven times. 

We have supported the Head Teacher and staff with post-pandemic challenges and monitored and reviewed the implementation and impact of a recovery curriculum. 

 This has included detailed planning and assurance underpinned with risk assessments and review.

  • We have overseen budget setting and annual accounts, and reviewed and accepted our standing orders (how we work)
  • We have reviewed and monitor the safeguarding, special needs and inclusion policies and their implementation
  • We have reviewed and approved all school policies (see elsewhere on this website) that were due for review
  • We have monitored the refurbishment for reuse of the caretaker’s house
  • We have overseen planning and delivery of elements of the curriculum; individual governors focus on specific areas
  • We have reviewed and refreshed the school development plan to set priorities for this school year, and monitor progress through data and monthly reporting including surveys and other feedback.
  • We have linked with other schools and supported observers at our meetings from other governing bodies.

 Contact us     

If you would like to know more about what the Governors do, /or if you might be interested in joining us, please get in touch with us through the school office or email the Chair of Governors, Lara Smith, on chair@forestdale.croydon.sch.uk