Meet our Governors

The governing board of The John Hampden School Wendover is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school. Governors have a term of office which lasts for four years. Governing board decisions are taken at a strategic level by governors who know our school well, see the wider picture and work in effective partnership with the school leadership team and all its stakeholders. 

Its key functions are to:

  • Set the school’s visions and strategic aims - agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of resources;
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims;
  • Set targets for achieving those aims;
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the school is making towards achievement of its aims, objectives and targets;
  • Be a source of support and challenge to the headteacher (i.e. a ‘critical friend’);
  • Ensure that the school is accountable to the pupils and parents in the community it serves, to its local community and to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework which is established by the governing body.

Statutory Duties of The Governing Board

Governors understand and meet their statutory duty to ensure that the school is financially stable .The clerk to the governors (Jo Cayless) assists in ensuring that other statutory duties are met, meetings are well organised and governors receive the information they need in good time. Governors ensure that the procedures for safeguarding pupils and staff are robust and have regard for pupil and staff well-being.

Operating as an Effective Governing Board

The governing board of The John Hampden School Wendover have clear structures and processes in place to carry out its functions effectively. The different roles and responsibilities of the headteacher and the governors are clear and underpin the effectiveness of the governance of our school. Protocols, specific duties and terms of reference are made explicit in written documents. The governing board plans its work  across the year ahead, dovetailing into the school annual cycles e.g. school improvement planning, budget setting, performance management and target setting. There is an open and trusting relationship between governors and the senior leadership of the school.

Governors take their individual responsibilities seriously by preparing well for and contributing to meetings with pertinent questions.  There is a code of conduct that all governors sign up to.  There is a clear induction procedure for new governors and individual governors continue to take their own training needs seriously. Our Strategic Leadership involves thinking ahead about succession planning, both for the school and for the governing body itself.

The Governing Board  are always willing to listen to parental queries and to explain in more detail what the Governing Body does. They do realise, however, that it may not always be appropriate to speak to them at the school gate so please feel free to email the Chair of Governors, Paul Phillips, on p.phillips@johncolet.co.uk if you would like to raise a matter for discussion