"I never really knew or appreciated how much work and effort goes into running a school until I was on the inside and I just want to say, you do an amazing job!" School Governor
"We appreciate the staff so much - teaching is not a job it is a vocation." School Governor
"The children at Morley Victoria are wonderful. They are so welcoming on Governor Days and they love to share their thoughts and their work with us. It is such a treat!" - School Governor
The Governing Body of any school is in place to provide both support and challenge the leadership team in the way the school is led and managed and to provide the best possible education to every pupil in the school - our Governing Body is no exception.
Our Governors do not tend to get involved with the daily running of the school but their expectations are exceptionally high in terms of the way the leadership team carry out their roles and responsibilities. It is the role of the Governors to work with the school leaders on the strategic planning and thinking ahead; they also ask questions and are well informed about every aspect of school life.
Our Governors provide support and challenge in equal measure thanks to their excellent knowledge of the school and the policies and practices. The skill set of our Governing Body is also a strength of our school - we have people who work in the following professions: finance, HR, child minding, ex-teachers, law, coaching and mentoring and in the medical profession. When combined, all of this experience simply enhances the strategic running of our school.
Our Governors share the vision and ambition of the leadership team for the children at Morley Victoria to be the best they can possibly be both academically and socially and emotionally. They agree that the children are at the heart of everything we do at Morley Victoria. The Governors are always welcome to come into school but at the beginning of each academic year we plan three full days in school so that the Governors can come and spend time with the staff and the children - these days are incredibly valuable for everyone. Governors are invited to attend staff meetings, staff training, visits from external consultants, they attend some pupil progress meetings and performance management to name a few.
Governors are volunteers who give a significant amount of time over the course of the year to helping the school be the best it can possible be. They are part of the biggest volunteer workforce in the country and we thank them for their time and efforts.
For more detailed information about the members of the Governing Body, please see the Statutory Governance Information in the blue box on the left hand side. Below is a short summary.
Who is part of the Morley Victoria Governing Body?
The current membership of the Governing Body is:
The Chair of Governors:
Claire Skeet (Co-opted)
Parent Governors, elected by parents/carers:
Bhavna Patel, Letty Dixon and Ali Archbold
Staff Governor, elected by the staff:
LEA Governor appointed by Leeds City Council:
Co-opted Governors appointed by the Governing Body to represent the community:
Julie Hardaker (Vice Chair), Else Burton, Reena Sharma and Julia Britton
Associate Governors (these Governors do not hold any voting rights - they attend because they wish to be part of the Governing Body)
Debbie Smith, Kevin Precious and Ruth Cook
How do I contact the Governing Body if I need their help?
If you would like to make contact with the Governing Body at any time, please speak to Mrs Davies in the school office.
How does the Governing Body work?
The Governing Body meets formally four times during the year. Governors also sit on one or more of the Committees: Finance, Pupil Support, Teaching & Learning, Pay, Resources, Performance Management and Personnel. These meet termly. By having a committee structure and allocating governors to particular parts of the school development plan it becomes possible for the Governing Body as a whole to discharge its responsibilities although individual governors are familiar with different aspects of the school, and none, other than the Headteachers, can have a complete understanding. It is thus very much a team effort, with different Governors bringing different skills and experience. All Governors are equal and the decisions made by the Governing Body are our collective responsibility.
At the start of each academic year all governors complete a Governors' Code of Conduct form and a Notice of Business and Personal Interest form.
Every year we have 3 Governor Days in school where the whole Governing Body spend the day in school looking at various aspects of the School Development Plan. We also have other meetings during the school year when needed about subjects such as safeguarding, data, Ofsted and the curriculum.
What is the Governing Body responsible for?
(This information is taken from Leeds City Council Governor Support Services)
Primary School Governing Bodies have a range of responsibilities as a consequence of the Education Acts:
* to help to decide school policy for management of the school with the Headteacher and act as a link between the school and the local community
* to monitor the progress of a post Ofsted Action Plan and the School Improvement Plan
* to set appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stage Two
* to ensure that all children make progress in their personal development and wellbeing (Stay Safe, Be Healthy, Enjoy & Achieve, Make a positive contribution, Achieve economic wellbeing)
* to ensure that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based and that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught
* to ensure that special education needs are met
* to manage the school budget
* to determine the staffing of the school and pay policy and make decisions about pay in accordance with the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions of Employment document
* to recruit and dismiss staff employed at the school
* to participate in the appointment of the Headteacher
* to ensure provision of a performance management policy and to set performance objectives for the Headteacher
* to listen to complaints from parents
* to hear appeals from parents when pupils are excluded from school
* to decide the start and finish times of the school
* to make sure the school is safe and healthy
How to become a Governor
When there is a space on our Governing Body, a letter/ email will go out to parents / carers and request for those who are interested to contact school. You will then be asked to write a short statement about what skills you could offer the school by being part of the Governing Body. You will then be invited to a meeting to learn more about the role of a school Governor. The statement is then circulated round to the relevant people to read. If needed, a vote is then carried out and the person with the highest number of votes is elected. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body at Morley Victoria or need further information about the role of a Governor, please speak to Mrs Davies in the school office.
The document below sets out the eligibility criteria for being a school Governor. This is a vital document to consider before applying.
If you would like a copy of meeting minutes from the sub committees or require any other information, please contact the school office or Governor Support Services on 0113 3785123.
Full Governing Body Minutes 2020-2021
Full Governing Body Minutes 2019 - 2020
Full Governing Body Minutes 2018 - 2019