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The Governors at Pocklington Infants School play a very important role in the life of the school.
There are different types of governors including:
They are all volunteers and have three core functions as set out in the Governors’ Handbook:
Meetings are held in the evenings, or after school, during term time and there are usually about 7 full governing body meetings in a year. Governors also often visit school during the day to meet with staff and pupils. How the governing body works was restructured in 2017 as part of a review of Governance. The Resources Committee deals with school finance, premises and personnel matters. The other sub-committees meet as and when needed and include: Appeals, Pupil Discipline and Performance Review. The Full Governing Body oversees the work of the sub Committees and deals with all other matters relating to the school.
Governors have many different qualifications and skills that they can bring to the role. The best schools have Governing Bodies that are a part of the school team. It can be a very rewarding and challenging role but also a very satisfying one. Some governors have special responsibilities:
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please call in at the School Office.
The Instrument of Governance sets out how the school is governed.
REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTEREST GUIDANCE
Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives. It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.
Note 1. Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.
Note 2. Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).
Examples (potential conflicts):
The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.
Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.