Governors


Introduction

In accordance with the Welsh Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School Governing Body are

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School has seventeen members.

The full Governing Body meets once each term, and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. This includes a Curriculum & Standards committee, a Pay and Performance committee and a Finance & Resources committee. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

Chairman – Mrs Jayne Hughes (LA Governor)
Vice Chair – Mrs Sam Davies (Parent Governor)

Head teacher – Mr Craig George
Deputy Head teacher – Mr Alec Mills (Observer)

Community Governors

Mr Nick Gordon
Mr Wayne Jones
Reverend Nick Adams
Mrs Lisa Curtis-Jones

LA Governors

Mr Nick Rutter
Mrs Jayne Hughes
Mrs Elizabeth Lewis
Cllr Roy Saralis

Parent Governors

Mrs Laura Witcombe
Mr Stephen Gammage
Mr Paul Titchener
Ms Samantha Davies
Mr Gareth Jones

Staff Governor

Mrs Angelene Griffiths

Teacher Representatives

Miss Lisa Davies
Mrs Claire Long

Contacting the Chair of Governors

Mrs Hughes can be contacted via the school

Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School
Maes-y-Garn Road
Oakdale
NP12 0NA

Telephone: 01495 222829
Email: rsdpa@caerphilly.gov.uk

Parent Governors
Parent governors are elected as representatives of the interests of parents of pupils currently attending the school. A parent governor can continue to serve as a governor until the end of their four-year term of office, even if their child leaves the school during the period.

Parent governors may express their personal views at governing body meetings, however it is expected that these views would be representative of the interests of the parents at the school.

A parent governor should therefore keep “in tune” with the concerns and opinions of the majority of parents. However, it is important that when decisions are made, individual governors exercise their best judgement when contributing to the decision of the governing body.

Community Governors
Community governors are invited by other governors to join the governing body and are appointed by the governing body. Community members bring their own experience and skills to the governing body and can act as a link with the community in which the school serves. Community governors usually live or work in the community of the school area and are committed to the good governance and success of the school.

Local Education Authority (LEA) Governors
LEA governors are appointed by the LEA, which maintains the school. LEA Governors may present the LEA’s views but they are not delegates of the LEA and they cannot be mandated by the LEA to take a particular view. LEA’s should publish the process and criteria for identifying candidates for appointment as LEA governors.

Headteacher Governor
A Headteacher will be a full member of the governing body of their school unless they choose not to be a governor. If a Headteacher decides not to be a governor they are still entitled to attend all meetings of the governing body. Mr George has chosen to be a governor.

Teacher Governors
Teacher governors are elected as representatives of the interests of the teaching staff of their school. Whereas on accession they may give the views of teaching staff to the governing body, they are equally free to express their personal views and exercise their own judgements when decisions are made, like any other governor.

Staff Governors
Staff governors are elected from among the school support staff. They may be staff employed either under a contract of employment or a contract for services at the school. Staff governors may give the views of the support staff to the governing body, they are also free to give their own personal views and exercise their best judgement when contributing to the decisions of the governing body