Introduction to St Paulinus Primary School by the Chair of Governors – Mr Daniel Tharby
A warm welcome to St Paulinus School from all the governors that represent the school. Our Governing Body currently has 12 members varying from Teachers, Support Staff, Parents and Members of the Parochial Parish Council at St Paulinus Church.
Everyone on the Governing Body provides their time freely and with diverse backgrounds ranging from education through to IT, providing both the balance between the needs of the children and the needs of the school moving forward.
The role of the governors is to provide strategic direction for the school. Our aim is to support and challenge the school while committing to ensure that every child has the capability to reach their full potential.
We have many goals which include confirming that local and national government legislation and policies are maintained, that the economics of the school are balanced and most importantly that the safety and education of the children is upheld.
Governors take an active role in the school which is not just restricted to attending meetings but also attending school during a variety of functions and being able to visit the school and provide help in classrooms if required. To help augment this, Governors are placed with a Key Stage group and also aligned to subjects that they have experience or and understanding in. This gives the children, teachers and school added benefits.
The previous Chair of Governors, Councillor David Hurt, is a well-known figure in the community of Crayford. Though only in his second year of office as Chair at St Paulinus, he has been a member of the Governors for over 5 years. Due to commitments as a Councillor for Bexley, David has had to unfortunately relinquish his role as Chair Of Governors for the remainder of the academic year.
Due to this, Mr Tharby and Councillor Hurt agreed to swap roles for the remainder of the academic year to retain the continuity that has been in place since September and that the welfare and smooth running of the school is kept paramount.
Mr Tharby, who has immensely enjoyed working with Councillor Hurt, personally thanks him for the enormous effort he has dedicated to the school as Chair of Governors and will continue to do so as Vice -Chair and a member of the governing body.
Within the community, Mr Tharby has been a governor at St Paulinus School for 6 years as well as providing IT skills to St Paulinus Church as well. His daughter still attends St Paulinus while his son now attends Beths Grammar School after many enjoyable years at St Paulinus.
We look forward to continuing to support the School, Head Teacher and Staff now and in the future continuing the work to improve the school for all.
Mr Daniel Tharby
Chair of Governors – St Paulinus CofE Primary School.