Communities and Environment

 
The Committee shall consist of the number of governors chosen by the full governing body.  The Head teacher will be a member of the Committee.
 
The Chair will be elected by the full governing body, duties to include notifying the Committee of any meeting to be held and providing all members with an agenda after consultation with the Head teacher.  The Chair is also responsible for appointing a clerk to take minutes at any meeting.
 
The Committee will meet once per term.
 
The Committee will report back to the governing body by submitting minutes which record decisions made, actions to be taken and/or recommendations for consideration.
 
Purpose of Committee is to monitor the following key areas:
 
To ensure links and positive ongoing involvement and dialogue with the immediate community of Gawsworth village by;
 
  • Monitoring any issues such as parking, litter, dog mess, etc.;
  • Active communication and cooperation with village shop, parish council, and the local churches;
  • Involving and informing the local Gawsworth community about events, initiatives, etc.;
  • Supporting local initiatives where appropriate.
 
The proactive marketing of the school with the wider (Macclesfield) community, including;
 
  • Informing prospective parents about Gawsworth school via nurseries etc.;
  • Enhancing the existing good reputation of the school by getting involved in local initiatives and events, such as the annual Barnaby festival;
  • Reporting activities and events at the school in the local media, both printed and online;
  • Forging links with local organisations and businesses;
  • Involving the children and staff generally in the wider community.
 
To promote excellence in communications with parents, monitor feedback and ensure a sound understanding of the role and duties of the governing body by:
 
  • Promoting and monitoring ‘Parent View’ on the OFSTED website and encouraging parents to use this to express their views;
  • Promoting and monitoring parent comment box at school and holding regular open meetings for parents, focussing on relevant issues;
  • Ensuring that the school conducts periodic surveys (min. 1 x per annum), and analysing responses/issues arising;
  • Governors communicating directly with parents via the parent newsletter;
  • Receiving regular reports from Friends of Gawsworth on activities and achievements.
 
To monitor and react to Pupil Voice, by:
 
  • A Governor from the Committee regularly attending meetings of the School Council and Eco-council, getting involved as appropriate and reporting back to Committee;
  • Talking to the Head Boy and Head Girl on a regular basis and inviting them to a Committee meeting to report back from the pupils’ aspect;
  • Ensuring the school has an ongoing programme of pupil voice that is reported back to the Committee.
 
To work with other local and regional schools in developing and improving partnerships, by:
 
  • The Head teacher and Staff working closely in collaboration with other primary and secondary schools;
  • Taking part in local sports events and specific school initiatives/ events;
  • Taking part in the local Governor Forum;
  • Adopting an open policy;
  • Working with other schools in the region to aid the children’s understanding of a multi-cultural Britain.
 
To promote excellent relations between staff and governing body, by:
 
  • Effective communication on governance and current initiatives;
  • Governors attending school/social events as appropriate;
  • Ensuring staff understand of the role of governance and the nature of the support provided by governors by providing regular and relevant feedback from governor meetings;
  • Governors acting as cohort ambassadors and developing an open dialogue with class teachers.
 
To promote and review Global Dimension and Partnerships, through:
 
  • Appointing a lead teacher/s within the school to spearhead the initiative;
  • Developing relevant and effective partnerships with overseas schools.
 
To review periodically the school website, school prospectus and use of school facilities and make recommendations, by:
 
  • Monitoring  the updating of the School Prospectus as necessary and ensuring the School Profile is completed annually and made available to parents in line with regulations;
  • Monitoring the provision of information on the school website;
  • Reviewing the use of school premises for extra-curricular activities and by external parties.
 
To continually monitor, evaluate and review the relevant sections of the Strategic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and the School Self Evaluation via the Head teacher’s report and update as necessary.