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GOVERNING BODY

On behalf of the Governors – ‘ Welcome to Vale School ’.

 
This is a school that we are determined will offer every pupil the best foundations to be a successful learner, a responsible citizen and allow them to grow to become a confident individual.  An individual who will be able to go on in life and enjoy personal achievement and economic well-being and in doing so be able to appreciate and contribute to the community they live in, wherever that maybe.
 
Vale School has a governing body of 14 governors, consisting of a mix of:
 
Co-opted governors – appointed by the governing body
Local Authority governor – appointed by West Sussex County Council
Parent governors – elected by the parents and carers of pupils at the school.
Staff governors – elected by the staff themselves
 
So what is our role ?
The school governors have a wide range of statutory duties and powers. We are responsible for the conduct of the school as a whole and our role is to promote high standards of educational achievement.
 
Our duties include:
 
  • Setting targets for achievement
  • Managing the school finances and the fabric of the school
  • Making sure the curriculum is balanced, broadly based and inclusive
  • Appointing staff
  • Reviewing staff performance and pay
  • Communicating with all stakeholders of the school
  • Ensuring your child stays safe whilst at school

 

So, whether it is appointing staff, setting budgets, agreeing building development plans or making other strategic decisions concerning the school, the responsibility for getting it right, for your child, rests with the schools’ governing body.
 
As a school our academic standards at Key Stage 2 – Year 6 – SATs results continue to be good, with our pupils achieving high attainment levels when compared locally and against the county and national averages.
 
For greater detail, please see the governors' Annual Statement below.

In March 2013, we had our most recent Ofsted inspection and this graded the effectiveness of the school as GOOD overall. Within that inspection Ofsted found leadership and management to be 'outstanding' and the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and behaviour and safety of pupils to be all 'good'.

None of this comes about by chance, and when success such as this is achieved, then the full credit and accolades must go to the pupils themselves, the staff and to you as parents and guardians who support your child on a daily basis to help them succeed. The value of a strong Home / School partnership can never be understated.
 
Since 2010, we commenced a refurbishment programme of the school buildings and site. This has involved improving the fabric of the school, developing year group areas with significant investment in equipment and the appearance of the learning environments.
 
2013  saw further inward investment into the school with the development of additional classrooms, a hall extension, a new reception and additional playground areas. The new playground area has provided a lower playground area with an adventure trail and a netball / basketball court. The impact of the additional space for play, P.E. and sport has had a wonderful effect on the school.
 
In 2015/16 further developments are planned with a dedicated IT suite and a studio for drama and dance, as well as improved accessibility access. 
 
Your governors are determined that planned investment will continue so that we can further develop and maintain a school that will offer excellent facilities for learning well into the 21st Century.
 
 
Attendance at school – How you can help?
 
We ask that you ensure that your child attends school regularly and punctually. Only a small amount of regular absence or lateness can have a significant impact on their learning and the learning of others around them. Unauthorised absence or regular lateness will not be condoned.
 
 
Holidays in school term time  
 
The Government has directed that schools are no longer able to authorise family holidays during term time, except for limited cases with 'exceptional circumstances'. Please adhere to this and plan not to remove your child from the school in term time. The Governing body will fully support the Head Teacher in declining any such requests.    
 
 
Seeking the views of stakeholders
 
One of our most important roles is to seek your views about how well the school is doing.  What has the school got right for your child, what could we do better, or where we have got it right, how can we now use that knowledge to benefit others?
 
So we would like to hear from you, we promise to listen. We may not be able to implement everything you suggest and where we can’t we will openly explain why. But if you don’t share your experiences with us then it makes it harder for us to ensure that the school continues to evolve and takes into account the needs of the children and yours as parents and guardians.
 
Each year we ask parents to complete our questionnaire (based on the Ofsted model). You can find the full details of the latest results here
 
So if you wish to talk to us, ask us a question, challenge us on something, be critical or complementary, then please do so. You can do this in a variety of ways:
 
Ofsted Survey – please take the time to complete this survey
 
This link will take you to the Ofsted ‘Parent View survey’ –
 
 
This is the first source of information that Ofsted will use to understand what your views are about our school. We would welcome all feedback. So I would urge all of you to go on-line and complete the survey so that we can gain a clear, honest and balanced understanding of how we are doing as a school.
 
Alternatively :
 
Send us an email, marked for the attention of the Governors, to office@valeschool.org    
or
Write to us via the ‘School Office’.
 
Complete a school questionnaire based on the Ofsted ‘Parent View’ survey with opportunity for written comments – available at reception - please hand it in at the reception desk or send it into school via your child in an envelope addressed to 'The Governors'.
 
Complete a ‘Governor Contact’ form – available at reception or on the menu tab to the left of this page - please hand it in at the reception desk or send it in via your child in an envelope addressed to 'The Governors'.
 
Where you have left your name and contact details, our promise is to acknowledge your communication and provide an initial response within 5 school days. Where greater time or detail is required to provide you with an answer, we will acknowledge your letter and reply within a further 10 school days of that initial acknowledgement.
 
Working with you, we want to ensure that  Vale School is a place where every child enjoys their learning and that they are happy and safe when they are here.
 
Kevin Jenkins
Chair of Governors
 

If you would like to contact the Governing Body, you can use one of the following ways:

  • write to Kevin Jenkins, Chair of Governors, c/o Vale School
  • email: office@valeschool.org
  • use the contact form below

 

  1. GB Annual Statement
  2. Vale School IOG - Feb 15 (2) (1)
  3. GB Roles & Terms of Office
  4. Terms of reference
  5. SCTermsofReferenceOct2015
  6. TermsofReferencePayCommitteeOct2015
  7. FPTermsofReferenceOct2015
  8. Governor contact form