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Governors

Meet your Chair, Sue Clarke

Hello and welcome to the Governors section on the school website. Did you know that school governors represent the largest volunteer force in the country with approximately 1% of the adult population serving in this capacity at any one time? Reedings School Governing Body works in partnership with Mrs Webber and her staff to continue to promote high standards of achievement for all children in the school.

I joined the Governing Body at Reedings in 2014, shortly after retiring from my post as an Advisory Teacher with the Communication and Autism Team employed by Hertfordshire County Council. I have over 35 years of experience in the education sector. I worked as a teacher in primary schools across Essex and Hertfordshire since I qualified in the early 1970s. From 1989 until 1995 I held the post of Head Teacher at two different primary schools, and after my retirement as a teacher, did not want to sever my ties with education. I currently go into Reedings regularly on Monday afternoons to run a lunchtime Book Club for interested Year 5 and 6 children and a Guided Reading session for a small group of Year 5 children.

Like all Reedings governors, I bring the skills I have developed in my professional life to the Governing Body whilst endeavouring to ensure that I continue to update my knowledge through attending governance training sessions on a regular basis.

If you would like to contact me please email me through admin@reedings.herts.sch.uk, or call in and leave a message with the Admin Team in the school office and I will get back to you. Thanks for reading and finding out more about what we do.

For regular updates of governors’ activities please read the Governors’ Grapevine below.

The Governing Body

Your School Governing Body is made up of a voluntary group of people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education Our role is not about fundraising, neither is it about cheerleading for the school – though we might do both those things too. Reedings governors are enthusiastic and highly motivated to provide strategic leadership and accountability at Reedings Junior School. The governors appoint the Head Teacher and it is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in the school; it is also us who work with the Head Teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Each individual governor at Reedings is a member of the school’s Governing Body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body as decisions are the joint responsibility of the full Governing Body. The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one, our key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)

Our Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Reedings Governing Body. In order for us to achieve our strategic role, you and your children may well see us regularly in school carrying out visits.

Governors’ Roles and Responsibilities