Arnold Hill has a governing body which comprises members of the local community, parents, teachers and support staff.
When vacancies arise for parent governors, information is circulated via "pupil post" and to be eligible to be nominated as a parent governor, a person must have a child registered at the school. The term of office for governors is for four years and a parent governor can, if he / she so chooses, serve the full term of office even if his / her child is no longer a pupil at that school.
Governing Bodies are required by law to meet at least once a term but can meet more frequently in order to discuss specific matters.
Who are School Governors?
Every school has its own governing body which is be responsible for the overall management of the school. The actual size of the governing body depends on the size of the school; the membership is determined by law, and each is made up of different types of governors.
Parent - elected by the parents of children currently attending the school - Such governors must have a child at the school at the time of the election.
Staff - members of the school's teaching staff.
Community - appointed by the governing body, these governors may possess particular skills or come from a specific group within society such as the business community.
Head Teacher - is a school governor and has the right to attend all meetings of the governing body.
What Qualifications do Governors Need?
There are no formal qualifications needed to become a school governor. The one essential requirement is an interest in, and commitment to, the education of children. Governors have to be over 18 years of age and the term of office is four years.
Governors are ordinary people, drawn from many areas of society. They need to be able to devote time to getting to know the school well and to be active and available in their support for it. Having common sense and a desire to serve the community are also important.
Normally no one may be a governor of more than two governing bodies.
What is expected of a Governor?
Attend a meeting of the full governing body at least once a term.
Attend committee meetings as required.
Read reports and background papers prior to meetings.
Attend the annual meeting of parents.
Attend other occasions such as concerts, open evenings, sports day.
Show an interest in children and their education and participate in many of the school's activities.
Attend governors' meetings.
Readiness to accept responsibility.
Get to know the staff, the pupils and their work.
Offer support and expertise.
Follow educational news and debates.
Attend training sessions.
Work co-operatively and creatively with others.
Use personal qualities and expertise in the interest of the school, its pupils and teachers.
Andrew Pickin - Community (Chair)
Dee Wilson - Community (Vice-Chair)
Nikki Anderson - Community
Nigel Bradley - Community
Ken Coppel - Community
Louise de Balsi - Parent
Paul Key - Community
Jez Maurice-Smith - Staff
Carol McCrone - Parent
Suzanne Norris -Staff
Natalee Onyeche - Parent
Katie Tarrant - Parent
Matt Robertson (Head Teacher)