Full Governor Meeting Record of Attendance
A message from our Chair of Governors
Kempston Rural School has a proud history in the community stretching back 172 years to 1844. I have had the pleasure to serve on the Governing Body for 10 years and have been the Chair of Governors for the last 6 years. During my time in these roles, the school has seen many changes. We have grown from a school in a small but lovely Victorian building in Church End with just over 100 pupils, to our new modern purpose built 21st century school built in 2014, with nearly 300 pupils. The school continues to grow as we move from lower school status to become a primary school in September 2017.
However, over this time of great change, one crucial fact has remained the same - and that is that the Governing Body, Head Teacher and staff all work hard together to put the children at the heart of the school. Our school prides itself on being an inclusive, welcoming, happy and successful learning community where everyone is encouraged, challenged and supported to reach their full potential.
The Governing Body has a vital role in the functioning of the school, which includes:
- Working with the Head Teacher to set the school's strategic direction, aims, vision and ethos, while ensuring it meets its statutory responsibilities.
- Monitoring and challenging the progress of the school in achieving its priorities; acting as a ‘critical’ friend to the Head Teacher, to support and challenge the management of the school.
- Setting and monitoring budgets, agreeing development plans, agreeing policies and responding to inspection.
- Taking part in regular Governor training, to keep up-to-date with new developments and legislations.
- Ensuring that the school is accountable to its stakeholders.
As a Governing Body, we encourage new members and welcome the experience and expertise that new members can bring to the school Governing Body. It is a role which does require a degree of time commitment, and you will be expected to attend meetings on a regular basis. The Full Governing Body usually meets at least once each term and these meetings are held in the evening. Sub-Committee meetings are held about every 6-8 weeks either at 8am or 4pm depending on what is agreed to try to accommodate the attendees. Alongside this you would have the opportunity to occasionally undertake additional tasks such as monitoring activities during school time such as meeting with a key member of staff to discuss action plans, walking the site to carry out a health and safety audit, or attending key parent and staff meetings. I can honestly say that it is an enlightening and rewarding experience, and with much fun too !
If you would like to know more about the school, and the role of a Governor, then please feel free to contact any of us listed below.
Chair of Governors Kempston Rural Lower School
A Message from Tim Gannon
As a Pastor of a church I have a particular interest in the emotional well-being of the KRLS staff and students and often think of the school from that particular angle. I feel like one of the huge strengths of our school is that it is such a caring and nurturing place for all, and I am very proud to be a part of that.
I have spent some years working with children and young people within a community youth worker setting and have some experience of working with children who have experienced difficulties in their personal life.
I also worked as a firefighter and so seek to bring some of that experience into my role as a governor, and in particular matters in relation to Health and Safety and Safeguarding.
Lastly as a parent of three children who attend KRLS and the Pre-School, I am so glad they are part of an amazing school and as governor I hope to be able to help it continue to be a great place for all the children, parents and staff involved.
Parent Governor Kempston Rural Lower School
A Message from Surinder Mahi
I am a parent of 2 children at Kempston Rural Lower School and have lived in the Bedford/Kempston area for my whole life, as well as working for a locally based business for the last 2 decades. Our eldest child has been with the school at a time when the move to a new purpose built school was completed and it is testament to the commitment and hard work of all the staff that their excellent standards have been maintained throughout.
As parent governors it is our duty to actively support the staff in maintaining the school's position as a wonderful place for children to be nurtured and educated, and ensure accountability to the wider community. We all bring different knowledge and expertise to the role but the most important thing is we want to see all children continue to flourish at the school.
Parent Governor Kempston Rural Lower School