Hi and welcome to the Governor area of our school website, where we hope you will gain an insight into what we do as a board of governors here at Eastcombe.

Whether you are a parent of a child who attends our school, a prospective parent taking a look at what we have to offer or merely an interested visitor, I do hope you find our website of use and feel inspired by what you see when visiting us.
Eastcombe is a small village school that offers fun-learning and engaging teaching which can be found in copious amounts, it’s a place where children can feel safe and staff are empowered to deliver great teaching.
My predecessor Mr Stephen Wright set out a vision for our school which encompasses everybody working together and describes our family as ‘Team Eastcombe’, this is a philosophy I am very keen to see continue where staff, governors, parents and most importantly the children give their very best efforts to make this school truly outstanding.

The governors for their part work closely with Mrs Jones and her team by fulfilling the following functions:

• Engage with the Head and staff to develop and manage the school’s ongoing and evolving strategies towards our collective goal of outstanding.
• Ensure the school operates within the legal framework set out by the government, principally through the ongoing assessment of the school’s policies and ways of working.
• Take collective ownership for the school’s budget and financial sustainability, making joint decisions about the best uses of resources available to us.
• Take responsibility for the recruitment and performance management of the Head Teacher, through ongoing challenge and support.

We achieve this through meeting as a board every term and we have a very clear focus on what the priorities are through a close partnership with the head. We make use of committees to manage the more detailed processes; principally our Resources to maintain a stable financial/properties performance and our Standards to monitor the quality of education provided by our teaching team.

I am in no doubt as to the level of commitment needed to make a school such as ours a great place for young people to learn and develop into successful young adults, that is why I became a governor and subsequently the new chair – to work hard and make a difference. We have a great team of governors who all bring with them skills from outside the world of education which help us make balanced decisions and along with the school team, we all want to make Eastcombe Primary School the very best it can be. Our team of governors is a dynamic one and you will learn a little more about us here on the website.

If you are interested in joining our team I will be delighted to hear from you either now or in the future.

On behalf of all of the governors, we look forward to seeing you in school!
Mike Dorey, Chair of Governors