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Verwood Church of England First School and Nursery

Local School Committee

Our Local School Committee play a vital part in delivering high quality education for your children. They work in partnership with a range of people and organisations, including the parents of pupils, the schools staff, the Salisbury Diocese and the local authority. All these partners contribute to ensuring that children benefit from their education, that they acquire knowledge and skills and develop the insight and attitudes needed to be healthy and safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make their contribution and in time to play their part in society.

The Local School Committee is constituted, in line with current legislation, to ensure representation from the groups of people with an interest in the way the school works: parents, staff, the local community, the local authority and the church.

The Strategic Role

The Local School  Committee acts strategically to raise standards in the school. This involves setting aims for the school and agreeing policies, plans and targets for improvement to match those aims. More specifically the strategic role is concerned with:

  • Raising standards by setting targets for pupil achievement
  • Establishing high expectations
  • Promoting effective teaching and learning

These decisions will be made collectively by the Local School  Committee, though aspects of the detail work may be delegated to a specific committee. No individual committee member may act alone without the consent of the whole committee.

The Critical Friend

The Local School Committee will monitor and evaluate progress towards the targets and priorities it has set in its strategic role. In this area of its work, the Local School Committee is concerned with:

  • Supporting and challenging the school
  • Agreeing policies for the conduct of the school and monitoring progress
  • Planned improvements and evaluating the impact of efforts

The Accountability Role

The Local School Committee accounts for the school to parents and children, the community and the local authority and it does this by publishing the schools results and explaining the schools strengths. It must be prepared to explain its decisions to anyone with a legitimate interest.

LSC Members

Mrs Mearns - Chair of Committee

Mrs Kennedy - Foundation Member

Mrs Hallsworth - Foundation Member 

Mr Long - Foundation Member 

Mrs Filleul - Parent Representative

Mrs Weir - Staff Representative

Mrs Anstey - Executive Headteacher

As a proud member of Initio Learning Trust, our Local School Committee is overseen by the Trustees. To find out more about the Trustees of initio Learning Trust please visit the website or click here to view Trust Member and Trustee biographies. Please click the link below to read biographies about our Members and Trustees.