As Chair of the Governing Body, I’m delighted to welcome you to Ellingham Primary School. The staff at the school are committed to supporting your children at the start of their school life to become successful learners and confident individuals, who enjoy learning, make progress and are able to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
The Governing Body works as a team and have a general responsibility for supporting and challenging the leadership team to ensure that the school is run effectively. The strength of the Governing Body lies in the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of its members.
Chair of Governors
Wayne joined Ellingham Primary School as a Governor in January 2021. He has lived in the area for over 20 years and both his sons attended schools locally. Wayne’s professional career is in financial management, he currently works for the Local Authority and previously had spent a number of years working in business manager and finance manager roles within schools - he therefore has a sound knowledge of school funding. Outside of work he has a keen interest in sports and has been actively involved in scouting.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
Set the vision and strategic direction for Ellingham Primary School
Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of pupils
Ensure financial resources are spent well
We are constituted of 10 individuals from different groups with an interest in the school:
2 staff members
1 Local Authority nominated member
5 co-opted members
Co-opted members are recruited based on the skills that they offer to help the Governing Body carry out its functions e.g. Financial, Legal , HR, Education Management
The Full Governing Body meets 5 times per year.
The Governing Body also works in committees, where smaller groups focus on specific areas:
i. The Children & Achievement Committee monitors the academic attainment and progress of all pupils, and considers their personal development, behaviour and welfare.
ii. The Resources & Finance Committee oversees the setting and management of the school budget, supports the school's HR strategy, and ensures health and safety and accessibility responsibilities are met.