Governors of The Cottesloe School aim to create and nurture a school community with a climate, culture and ethos in which to promote our vision which is:

As Governors we seek to ensure the school provides a safe, caring and challenging environment, so that each pupil maximises their potential enabling them to fully contribute to society as caring tolerant and confident citizens.

To seek to ensure the school provides a safe, caring and challenging environment, so that each pupil maximises their potential, enabling them to contribute fully to society as caring, tolerant and confident citizens.

The Governing Body is the key strategic decision-making group in school, which aims to ensure the fulfillment of the long-term vision of governors and leadership. The Governing Body agrees the priorities, aims and objectives for the school and signs off the policies, plans and targets for how to achieve this. It checks on progress and regularly reviews the strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.
The Cottesloe School Governing Body and its committees meet approximately fifteen times per academic year to discuss a wide range of topics including admissions and curriculum, teaching and learning, all aspects of staffing, the school’s budget plans, health and safety in the school and the school site. There are three main committees:

  • The Strategy Committee: Committee Chair – Vice Chair of Governors, Mrs Christine Watson-Bartlam - This Committee has the remit of working with the Leadership Team to develop long-term strategies for the school, monitoring and evaluating the work of leadership and governors and overseeing the business of the other committees. This Committee also manages and provides panels for the appointment of the Headteacher and other leadership appointments.
  • The Resources and People Committee: Committee Chair – Adrian Titley - Governors on this Committee deal with finance, staffing, staff recruitment, premises and health and safety.
  • The Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee: Committee Chair – David Lett - The terms of reference for this Committee are the curriculum, teaching and learning, monitoring and assessment, pastoral matters and Special Education Needs.

There are other committees, meeting on an ad hoc basis, to consider admissions, pupil discipline and exclusions, staffing matters and staff pay and conditions.
Governor training is available from Buckinghamshire County Council, through the Bucks Learning Trust, and from other sources and our governors regularly attend courses on a variety of subjects in order to remain up-to-date with new educational initiatives and education legislation. Training events are also an opportunity for governors to discuss school governance with colleagues from other schools.
In 2015 a small group of governors, led by parent governor Louise Stepney, held two parent workshop evenings when parents were invited into school to discuss with governors and the Headteacher specific matters that might be of interest or concern to parents including, for instance, the reporting system. It is hoped that, with a high level of support from parents, these informal and informative meetings will continue on a regular basis in the future.
With the likelihood of an Ofsted visit, the main focus for the governors in the past couple of years and during the early part of 2016 has been to support the Headteacher and Leadership to make certain that The Cottesloe is acknowledged as a successful school.

Margaret Balding
Clerk to the Governors
March 2016