About School Governance

Welcome to the Governors Section of the WKPS website 
 
We hope that this page will explain all your queries in relation to the Full Governing Body (FGB) of our 
school. If you have do have any specific queries then please contact the Chair Mr Richard Chapman at chair@westkirby-primary.wirral.sch.uk
  
What Governors do 
The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to: 
 Setting/ agreeing targets for pupil achievement and monitoring progress 
 making sure the curriculum is balanced, broadly based, and meets statutory requirements 
 setting the budget and managing/overseeing the school's finances 
 appointing staff 
 reviewing staff performance and pay. 
The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. The governing body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so. 
School governors are members of their school's governing body, which is known as a 'corporate body'. A corporate body has a legal identity that is separate from its members and as a result, individual governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the governing body's decisions and actions provided they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith. 
Individual governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing body except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify a function is to be exercised in a particular way. 
School governors are drawn from parents, staff and other parts of the local community. This helps 
ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them. 
The Full Governing Body meet on a termly basis as do the main committees.
 
Becoming a Governor 
 
We are always interested in speaking to people who would like to take an interest in the school by 
becoming a school governor. If you would like an informal chat about becoming a governor then please 
contact the Chair (chair@westkirby-primary.wirral.sch.uk). Even if there are no current vacancies please register your interest so we can advise you when an opportunity becomes available. 
 
As well as the main committees listed above there are other committees that only meet when required. 
We would ask that Governors join at least two of the main committees to allow for the successful 
function of FGB. We do, however, respect that Governors are giving their time and effort to the school for free. 
 
We appreciate that this may sound daunting so we provide new Governors with Induction Training and have a governor mentor to assist new governors. We also help organise training for all governors. 
 
Each Governor has agreed to a Code of Conduct in how we act as Governors.  A copy of this Code can be found on this website.

Contact 

If you have an issue to raise then please contact Mr Richard Chapman via email at 
chair@westkirby-primary.wirral.sch.uk 

 
Useful link to review the role of a Governor 

Governance Handbook January 2017