Meet the Governors
The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This general responsibility gives rise to a range of specific responsibilities, which require the governing body to establish certain procedures, including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing the Head Teacher and reviewing staff performance and pay.
By law, governing bodies meet at least three times every year, as a Full Governing Body, where the ongoing business of committees, the governing body and the school are discussed, reported on and where decisions are taken by a majority vote. Most of the work of governors, however, is done at committee level.
Most Governing Bodies use a committee structure to undertake their monitoring and evaluation roles. Membership and terms of reference of committees must be determined annually. Finance, Staffing, Admissions, Health and Safety, Curriculum and Premises Committees are regularly discussed. Other areas covered by committees may include marketing, discipline and management. Many Governing Bodies form working groups to tackle specific problems.
Interim Chair of Governing Body
Matt Simmons joined the board of Governors in the autumn of 2013, he also sits on the Governors' Resource Committee. Matt has two children at Rokeby and is a Health & Safety Advisor for Warwickshire County Council which makes him a very useful addition. Matt is using his experience and enthusiasm to positively contribute to Rokeby School, both improving education and providing a safe, happy and healthy place for pupils to build fond memories of their early school days.
The clerk looks after the organisation of the work of the governing body and provides information and advice on legal matters as well as advising on the procedures to be followed at meetings.
Jane Richard has had connections with Rokeby School since her eldest daughter started in the Nursery in 1986. Jane originally taught music in a secondary school in Yorkshire. Jane has been a Governor, first at the Infant school and then at the Primary School, for quite a long time. Her motivation for being a Governor has always been to support the school in ensuring all children achieve the best they can and make the most of their time and experiences at Rokeby. Jane is a member of Rugby Theatre Singers and enjoys playing the piano and going to the theatre and concerts.
Christine Dybdahl is a Methodist Minister with experience of children and young people in a number of areas: church, school, uniformed organisations. She has also, at different times been chaplain to a children's home, a children's hospital and a university. Christine's priority is pastoral care and she is committed to the wellbeing of all the Rokeby children and staff.
Local Education Authority Representative Governors
Jen James – Acting Head Teacher
Miss F. Palmer Acting Deputy Head Teacher and teaches class 1P
Sandra Bushell is a Teaching Assistant with over twenty-five years of experience at Rokeby; first of all as a parent and then as a classroom teaching assistant at the Infant School until its closure. Sandra has been working at Rokeby Primary as a teaching assistant since the school amalgamated in 2007 and she also works in the after school club, three days a week. She describes her work as sometimes challenging, but always rewarding and enjoyable.
Parent Governor representatives are parents elected by other parent governors to represent the views of all parents, on local authority overview and scrutiny committees and sub-committees dealing with education.
Parent Governors have speaking rights on any issue under discussion by the committee, but may only vote on issues relating to education. Each Local Authority must appoint at least two and not more than five Parent Governors to each committee or sub-committee dealing with education issues. Parent Governors serve a term of office of between two and four years.
The primary role of the Parent Governor is to hold their authority to account by consulting with and feeding back to parents on discussions and decisions relating to education.
Staff Governors (other than the head teacher) are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school, by the school (that is, not under an external contract such as catering or cleaning). At least one staff governor must be a teacher, and if there are three or more staff governors, at least one must be a member of the support staff. If no member of the appropriate category stands for election, the vacant place can be filled by an elected person from the other category (i.e. if no teachers wish to become governors, all staff governors may be support staff, and vice-versa).