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East Sheen Primary

Upper Richmond Rd West, London, SW14 8ED

ESPS Governing Body

What is the Governing Body?

The governing body comprises parent and staff representatives, together with local authority members and co-opted governors from the local community. We are all individuals who are passionate about working together in support of ESPS.

The Governing Board has three core functions:

  1. Establish the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  2. To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils and the performance management of staff
  3. Oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure that resources are used effectively

In essence we are the “critical friend” of the school. We ask a lot of questions and demand a lot of answers with the goal of fulfilling our core functions and statutory duties.  The end result we strive for is a happy, safe and stimulating environment which promotes a high level of learning and supports the children’s well-being.

Minutes of all meetings are held centrally; if you are interested in seeing any meeting minutes please contact the co-chairs of governors via the school office. 

How does the Governing Body Operate?

The Governing Body conducts the majority of its work through committee. Details of the three central committees and their remits can be found at the bottom of this page:

Resources Committee

               Teaching and Learning Committee

                Children, Families and Community Committee

Various sub-committees exist within this framework, each with a more specific focus. Working groups can be formed outside this framework to tackle issues as they arise, allowing the board to draw on the broad range of expertise within its ranks.

The full governing board meets at least six times a year, as does each committee.  There are many and varied activities undertaken by board members ranging from weekly catch-ups between the Chairs and Headteacher, to observational learning walks around the school, to developing surveys and analysing data, to working and training with the local authority’s children’s service provider, to preparing and authorising accounts. In fact there are simply too many activities to detail here.

If you feel that you have a specific skill set or expertise that may be of use to the Governing Board and would like to get involved, please do get in touch. Contact details are available from the school office.

For more information about the role of Governor at ESPS please refer to the ESPS Code of Practice for School Governors below.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role of governor, please do browse the links below:

The Governors’ Handbook

The School Inspection Handbook