Mrs Tara McGovern

Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”

We have put together a few details to help you better understand the School Governor role and the valuable work we do to help make Therfield the best!  If once you’ve read this information you feel Governing is for you, then please contact us. We’re always looking for committed people to bring fresh skills and expertise to our team.


What is the Governing Body?

We are a group of volunteers from the School Community who work with Mrs McGovern to set the future strategic direction of our school. We act as a critical friend to the school by making collective decisions on a wide variety of issues. We monitor the impact of policies initiated by the Local Authority and oversee the management of the school budget to ensure your child gets a thorough education appropriate to their individual needs. We believe education isn’t just about passing exams it’s about becoming a confident and emotionally rounded young person.

What do the Governing Body do?

The full governing body meets at least termly.  Our Finance & Personnel Committee and Premises Committee also meet each term. We respond to recommendations given by outside agencies such as Ofsted  We also consider complaints should they arise. We set the targets for pupil achievements and monitor them closely with Mrs McGovern. These targets form the basis of the Headteacher Performance which we also manage. We all attend the Governor Induction training and on-going training appropriate to our committee and Link Governor roles as provided by the Local Authority.

Who are the Governing Body?

Our Governing Body consists of a mixture of eleven Parent, Teacher and Community Governors including a Governor who represents the Local Authority.

The Governing body can be contacted via the school office admin@therfield.herts.sch.uk

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How our Governors are elected

Parent Governors are elected by ‘parents’ defined as “any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 18”

Staff Governors are elected by ‘staff’ defined as “Anyone paid to work at the school”.

The Headteacher has a reserved place as a staff governor on the governing body.

Co-opted Governors – are appointed by the Governing Body

LEA Governor is nominated by the local authority and appointed by the Governing Body