Governing Body and School Policies

Aims and standards

The purpose of each Governing Body is to help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils. It is accountable to those who fund the school and also the parents and wider community too for the way it carries out its functions. It acts at all times in accordance with appropriate legislation and with the principles laid down by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. It also acts fairly and without prejudice.

The role of governors

Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school, rather their role is strategic and to steer the school. They are to act as a critical friend who offers support, constructive advice but also challenge through asking questions and seeking to arrive at the best solution for all concerned.

Collective responsibility

The Governing Body acts as a group but its strength lies in the talents of its members and their ability to work as a team. Governors are elected or appointed by different groups – including parents, teachers and others within the community.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Helping to formulate the aims and objectives of the school and reviewing how far they are being achieved
  • Making, ratifying and reviewing policies
  • Overseeing the school’s finances
  • Overseeing the curriculum, the teaching and learning programme and school development plan
  • Ensuring that good provision is made for pupils with special educational needs
  • Dealing with appointment, development, pay and discipline of staff
  • Ensuring there is good discipline in the school
  • Equal opportunities for all pupils
  • Receiving and acting upon inspection reports
  • Setting annual targets and providing an annual report to parents on the work of the governing body

Confidentiality

Unless determined otherwise, the decisions of the whole governing body are public, however the views of individual governors are private. Governors meet twice a term and minutes of Governors Meetings are available from the school office. The school newsletter will also give an overview of key areas discussed.

If you would like to become a Governor

If you would like to become a Governor please contact our Head Teacher, Mrs Howard to indicate your interest and to talk about the role. You are also very welcome to contact any of the serving Governors to find out more.

Background information and related link

Please click on the links below for more information:

Governors Wales

Estyn

School Governor’s Guide to the Law

Clubs

Watch Club

Years 5 and 6 are invited to attend Watch Club – a club in partnership with the Wildlife Trust.

Wendy, a volunteer from Brecknock Wildlife Trust, comes into school once a month armed with lots of exciting activities for us to complete!

For more information, please visit the Wildlife Watch website here.

Here are some photos showing the fun activities the Watch Club complete each month…

Other clubs run after school will resume in the summer term…

Wales in the 19th Century

Victorians – National Archives

Iron Town – Blaenafon – Video clip

Children Of The Revolution – Investigation

Snowdonia 1890 – BBC site with video clips

BBC Learning Zone – Coal mining in South Wales

BBC Learning Zone – Industry in South Wales

BBC Learning Zone – Child labour in the Victorian times

BBC Learning Zone – Victorian Christmas

BBC Learning Zone – Victorian life

Hay During The Victorian Times – A great website!

History Of Hay – Lots of local information

Old Hay – Lots of local information

Woodlands Junior School – An overview of the Victorians

Victorian Children – Information on clothes and toys

Calon Lan – 19th century Welsh hymn

Victorian Schools – Woodlands Junior School

Victorian Schools – BBC primary history

Victorian Schools – The Victorian School website

Learn To Work Like A Historian – Victorian resources

Victorian Inventions – Woodlands Junior School

Victorian Inventions – Innovations learning

Victorian Inventions – Children’s British History Encyclopedia

Famous People In History – BBC primary history

Victorian Inventions – BBC audio links

Calon Lan – Words of the 19th century Welsh hymn

Numeracy Skills

Woodlands Junior School – A very useful site full of maths games

Primary Games – Yopu can trial a few examples

ICT Games – A link to various maths areas

BBC Bitesize – Activities designed for KS2

Subtangent – Great maths games

Count On – Maths games

Super Maths World – For those who want a challenge

Maths Zone – Games for all areas of maths

Coxhoe Primary School – Links to all areas of maths

Maths Is Fun – Times table practise

Literacy Skills

Tips On How To help With Spellings – Some good ideas

Printable Activities – Various spelling patterns covered

Woodlands Junior School – Really useful links to games and activities

BBC KS1 Bitsize – Practise the basics

BBC Spellits – Activities designed for KS2

Crickweb – Lots of links to games and activities

Look, Cover, Write, Check – Practise your weekly spellings

KS2 Word Work – Coxhoe Primary School

KS2 Sentence Work – Coxhoe Primary School

KS2 Fiction – Coxhoe Primary School

KS2 Non Fiction – Coxhoe Primary School

KS2 Poetry And Proverbs – Coxhoe Primary School

Create Your Own Instant Stories – Coxhoe Primary School

Online Big Books – Coxhoe Primary School