An Introduction from the Clerk to the Board of Governors

Governors of The Cottesloe School aim to create and nurture a school community with a climate, culture and ethos in which to promote our vision which is:

To seek to ensure the school provides a safe, caring and challenging environment, so that each pupil maximises their potential, enabling them to contribute fully to society as caring, tolerant and confident citizens.

The Board of Governors are the key strategic decision-making group in school, which aims to ensure the fulfilment of the long-term vision of governors and leadership. The Board agrees the priorities, aims and objectives for the school and signs off the policies, plans and targets for how to achieve this. It checks on progress and regularly reviews the strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.

The Cottesloe School Board of Governors and its committees meet approximately fifteen times per academic year to discuss a wide range of topics including admissions and curriculum, teaching and learning, all aspects of staffing, the school’s budget plans, health and safety in the school and the school site. There are three main committees:

  • The Strategy Committee: Committee Chair – Adrian Titley
    This Committee has the remit of working with the Leadership Team to develop long-term strategies for the school, monitoring and evaluating the work of leadership and governors and overseeing the business of the other committees. This Committee also manages and provides panels for the appointment of the Headteacher and other leadership appointments.
  • The Resources and People Committee: Committee Chair – Mark Watson
    Governors on this Committee deal with finance, staffing, staff recruitment, premises and health and safety.
  • The Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee: Committee Chair – Kate Mulcahy
    The terms of reference for this Committee are the curriculum, teaching and learning, monitoring and assessment, pastoral matters and Special Education Needs.

There are other committees, meeting on an ad hoc basis, to consider admissions, pupil discipline and exclusions, staffing matters and staff pay and conditions.

Governor training is available from Buckinghamshire County Council, through the Bucks Learning Trust, and from other sources and our governors regularly attend courses on a variety of subjects in order to remain up-to-date with new educational initiatives and education legislation. Training events are also an opportunity for governors to discuss aspects of school governance with colleagues from other schools.

Katherine Richardson
Clerk to the Governors

February 2019