Governance

If you would like to contact a governor or would like more information about their role please speak to the nursery office or email us on: governors@highfield.suffolk.sch.uk

What do Governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its 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 headteacher (a critical friend)

Governors’ Corner. What goes on behind the scenes!

Sally Evans is our new chair of governors. Sally has three boys, Elystan (age 8), Bertie (age 6) and Oscar (age 4), the youngest two went to Highfield Nursery School. She was so impressed by the experiences her children had that she offered herself as a parent representative on the governing body. Sally is a Forensic Psychologist, lectures at the University of Suffolk and is studying for a Doctorate.

As Chair Sally has to make sure the business of the Governing body is conducted properly and is legal. The Governors oversee the staffing and financing of the school and Children’s Centre, the assessment and safety of children and the management of the school building. It looks like a big job but Sally has other governors and school staff who help her. She has regular meetings with the Headteacher, Ruth Coleman and the Children’s Centre Manager, Jannice Simpson and visits the school frequently. She chairs a Full Governing Body meeting once a term.

Sally says ‘The Governing Body for Highfield Nursery School and Children’s Centre are an amazing team with a wealth of experience and commitment. I am privileged to work with them and am excited to contribute to its continued success’.

We have a parent vacancy on the Governing body - so why not join us! - April 2022