This is the governor committee which provides a direct link between the school and the church. This is because the Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the Diocese of Gloucester, are specifically required to be members of this committtee, working closely with school leaders and other governors to ensure the school’s vison and values are seen in action in our school.
Our Terms of Reference state that this committee has responsibility to support, advise and challenge the Headteacher and governing body on matters relating to the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school.
What does this mean?
We support and promote our school’s inclusive vision and values, aiming to ensure that every child is recognised as a unique individual, that our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s differences and talents so that every child can flourish, and that children learning at Kempsford C.E. Primary have a happy, investigative and enquiring time. This includes paying attention to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as part of our multicultural world.
How do we do this?
We make sure we are in the school on a regular basis, doing governor visits working with school staff; talking to the children during these visits and specifically by joining in with some School and Values Council meetings; talking to parents/carers at various times in the school year, such as when we returned to school after ‘Lockdown’, through governor self evaluation playground chats, and the school’s annual Christian Distinctiveness questionnaire. Did you know that our two Foundation Governors are also members of the Open the Book team, who share weekly Bible stories with the children, and the Prayer Spaces team, leading activities in the Autumn and Summer every year? In addition to all this, we look closely at school polices and plans which guide school provision.
How are we accountable to external bodies?
As a Church of England school, we undergo a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools(SIAMS) approximately every 4 years. The Ethos Committee have to be able to say how our school has developed in all 7 areas looked at in this inspection. Our last one was in October 2019, which judged us to be a good school.
Our school also undergoes Ofsted Inspections, according to Ofsted’s schedule. Ethos Committee members need to be able to talk about how our school supports children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as the Religious Education provision in our school.