Who are the Governors and what do they do at HIIS?

Welcome to the governor pages of the Histon and Impington Infant School website. Please look around to get an idea of who we are and what we do. In the links within this section you will find a ‘who’s who’ of the committee members, minutes of our meetings (going back up to two academic years), the reports from the termly visits we make to the school and the newly introduced newsfeed section.

The Histon and Impington Infant School Schools Advisory Board Body (HIIS SAB) is a founding part of the CPET (Cambridge Primary Education Trust) group. We have a strategic role to support the Headteacher in their daily running of the school. Governors do not involve themselves in the day to day operational work of the Headteacher and Staff. They are ‘critical friends’ who follow the school’s progress and development through monitoring/observational activities and posing challenging enquiries. Some of the ways in which we do this are through:

SAB meetings – where we discuss matters relating to the school’s targets, results/pupil progress, curriculum, development plans, safeguarding, Ofsted visits etc.

Link Governors – These are governors with a particular responsibility for different areas of the curriculum or school life (e.g. English, SEN). They are in regular contact with their equivalent staff link to see how things are progressing and what has been achieved. The aim being to help the school improve through self-assessment.

School visits – Each term a group of two or three governors visits the school to observe in detail how the school is performing in a particular area (e.g. Writing, Safeguarding, G & T provision). It is not the role of the governors to make judgements on these occasions (we are not inspectors), but to monitor and question what the school is doing. Reports are written for the school and other stakeholders to read and use in school improvement. Visit foci are set at the beginning of each academic year and are generally based around the School Development Plan.

Safeguarding – Safeguarding of the children at Histon and Impington Infant School is paramount to the SAB members and staff. It is a standing item for discussion on the SAB meeting agendas, is part of their Aims and Ethos and governors take an active part in ensuring that every aspect of the children’s school life is as safe as it can be. For example, the Safeguarding Link for the school has undergone training in Child Protection, Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment. The Safeguarding Link and Head meet regularly to discuss Safeguarding and Health and Safety matters. Each term an audit is carried out by the SAB on the School’s Central Record of safety checks on staff, contractors and volunteers at the school. A Health and Safety inspection is carried out termly by SAB governors, the Head and the Caretaker, to assess whether the school is meeting all safety requirements/guidelines appropriately. Jobs and issues identified are carried out and the results of the inspection are reported back via the Safeguarding Committee. A Safer Recruitment trained governor will always be part of any interview process to ensure that all applicants are thoroughly vetted at every stage. The SAB also completes an annual Safeguarding Audit Checklist of school safeguarding practice and procedures to assess whether the SAB and School are meeting their commitment to the children to keep them safe.

Committees – The HIIS SAB has representatives on the CPET Trust committees and will always endeavour to have at least one representative attend the Parent Forum.

This is only a few of the duties governors take part in. It must be remembered that every governor is a volunteer, whether they are Parent, Trust appointed or Staff elected. They take on training in their own time to ensure that they do the very best they can for the school in every strategic area. Their aim is to drive continuous school improvement and create the very best learning environment for each child, no matter what their age and ability. To the HIIS governors Every Child Matters.