Thank you for visiting the Governors' section of the website. As the new chair of governors I thought I would introduce myself and explain a bit about who the school governors are and what we do.
We said goodbye to our long standing chair Ann Williams last year (Ann is chair of governors at Cams now) and I was elected as chair in September. I have got two children at Harrison, in year 1 and year 4, I work full time in procurement and I have been a governor for about two and a half years.
Harrison currently has 15 governors including some of the school staff and several parents. All the governors have different backgrounds and experience, but together we work to fulfil three main responsibilities: overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent; holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and providing strategic direction.
As a group we know that the only way to do these things is to spend time in the school observing what goes on and asking questions. We do this by visiting during the school day to speak with the children and the staff; by meeting with the head teacher and other senior leaders more formally in the evening; and we are also trying hard to get to as many of the school events as we can this year. We look at the school's performance data, and receive reports from Hampshire County Council on the school and the head teacher. We would also like to find ways to engage more with you, the parents and carers this year.
Harrison is an outstanding school with a great team of professional staff and amazing children but we know that all things can improve and we are all pleased to be doing our bit to improve Harrison Primary School so that every child gets the opportunity to reach his or her potential.
In future newsletters I am planning to give you some more detail of what governers have been doing. If you would like to get in touch with me please enquire at the school reception.
Chair of Governors