Welcome to our Governors’ section.
My name is Tina Champ I am the Chair of Governors. I have an association with Holton going back fifty four years, my school life was spent here from Infants to Senior School only leaving when the then Bryn Hafren was opened. I have lived in the local community since the age of three and both my children attended Holton so you could say I have a vested interest in making sure our school is the best it can be.
I have been a governor for fifteen years. I was first appointed as a parent governor and later as a community governor. Many of our governors have long associations with the school and bring their own skills we have solicitors, IT Specialists, accountants ex Teachers as well as our current teachers and our parents who all bring their knowledge and experience to bare in setting the school on the right path.
So why do we need a governing body and what is it for?
Your governing body is made up of Staff representatives, Parent representatives, Local Authority (Vale of Glamorgan Council) Representatives, Minor Authority ( Barry Town Council) Representatives and Community Representatives.
As a governing body we provide a strategic view, setting the framework within which the Headteacher and staff run the school; setting the aims and objectives; agreeing policies, targets and priorities for achieving these objectives as well as monitoring and evaluating.
We act as a critical friend providing support and challenge to the head teacher and staff ensuring accountability to enable us to explain the decisions and actions of the governing body to anyone who has a legitimate interest.
Our main responsibilities are
Ensuring the school promotes high standards of educational achievement, attendance and behaviour, including the rigorous review of published performance data.
Setting targets by which progress for pupil achievement and outcomes can be measured.
Ensuring that all learners have access to a broad, balanced curriculum and that statutory requirements are met.
Determining the aims, policies and priorities of the school
Determining and monitoring the school’s budget.
Deciding the number of staff, the pay policy and making decisions on staff pay, staff appointments, etc.
Providing parents with information regarding the school – e.g., via annual report to parents and statutorily required meetings with parents.
Inspection preparation and follow up – including producing an action plan and monitoring progress following an inspection by Estyn.
The wellbeing and safeguarding of learners including the promotion of healthy eating.