School governing bodies are made up of people from school communities who want to make a positive contribution to children's education.
Every school has a governing body. They work with the headteacher to set the future direction for the school and decide how the school spends its budget.
The governing board at Ferham Primary forms part of a 'Federated Governing Body' with Meadow View Primary School.
They are responsible for making sure the school provides good quality education and for raising pupils’ attainment by:
Setting strategic direction
Monitoring and evaluating school performance
Acting as a critical friend
Governors govern rather than manage. Their role is one of direction and focus; they make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies, and the school's development plan. As well as providing support and advice to the headteacher, their role is to challenge the headteacher by gathering views and asking searching questions to make sure that any decisions taken are in the best interest of the school. Governors report to parents on the school's achievements and respond to inspection recommendations. They also hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.
Headteacher at Ferham Primary School (Ex Officio)
I am Susan Gregg and I act as staff governor for Meadow View Primary. I am lucky to work as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for inclusion and EYFS at school. Meadow View School is a fantastic place for children to learn and for staff to teach, support and nurture children. Meadow View's Governing Body works tirelessly to pursue the very best for children , parents, carers and the community and I very much enjoy being part of that. Outside of school I really enjoy gardening and and trying my best to keep fit!
Chair of Governors is experienced in the education sector. Firstly, as a teacher and later in school governance for 20 years. He has worked in school improvement and also chaired school governing bodies. Richard served 16 years in the Armed Forces and currently owns businesses in the hospitality sector. To advance his understanding of education Richard is currently enrolled on a PhD in education Leadership.
I am a parent of 2 children in school. I joined as a Governor in September 2021. I work as part of the Genuine Partnerships ships and have a keen interest in parent voice and helping to build relationships. As a family we love spending the time at the seaside and spend lots of time meeting friends at weekend.
I joined the board of Governors at Meadow View Primary in 2021. I am a mechanical Engineer by training and currently a University Lecturer. Becoming a governor is a way for me to contribute positively to the local community and the development of young minds - a thing for which I am passionate. It is also an opportunity to develop new skills and gain first-hand experience of the inner working of schools. In my spare time I like to read and go for walks in nature, speak with family and friends or just tinker with electronics.
I work in the Department of Education where I specialise in pensions and equalities. I am hoping to bring a new perspective and ideas to the Governing body, considering the needs of the children, parents and teachers. This is an exciting opportunity for me to engage with the local community whilst developing new skills and experiencing how schools really work. In my spare time I like to play football, squash, and go for long walk with my two dogs/
Headteacher at Meadow View Primary (Ex Officio)