The Role of the Governors
The Governors’ role
As Governors we have three roles:
1. to be strategic
2. to act as a critical friend in the development of the school
3. to be accountable to the whole school community – particularly to pupils and to parents
Our Instrument of Government provides for 12 governors made up as follows:
• 4 parent governors
• 1 associate governor
• 2 staff governors
• 2 co-opted governors
• 3 partnership governors
How we work
The Governing Body has established a number of committees and statutory panels. We meet together as a full governing body every half-term. Our statutory panels which cover issues such as admissions, discipline and complaints meet as needed. Our two committees also meet each half-term to review and discuss the details of school life. These committees cover: 1. Resources (finance, personnel and premises); 2. Curriculum and provision.
Each Governor serves on one or more committees and in addition, has a specific area of interest or responsibility ie safeguarding, aspects of the School Development Plan. Associate Governors do not have voting rights.
Our school strap line is “it takes a village to raise a child”. This is about everyone – parents, staff, governors and the wider school community – working in partnership to ensure that every child can succeed and reach their full potential. To achieve this, and to carry out our role as governors effectively, we need to know what issues are important to you (so we remain responsive) and ensure that you know what issues the governors are discussing (so that we remain accountable).
Keeping in touch
All the minutes of the full Governing Body meetings are put on the school website (see below) along with other relevant information. The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of school life. If you have a concern or a point of view to share, please come and speak to us. There are lots of ways of sharing your views with us including Parent Surveys or email/write to us care of the School Office.
Becoming a Governor
Being a school Governor is an important role but you do not need to have any particular skills, knowledge or experience to become a Governor. What you need to bring is: a commitment to school life; the ability to work with others; patience and enthusiasm; a willingness to learn; a commitment to working openly and democratically; and, most importantly a willingness to spend what time you can offer getting involved in school life. Our Governors typically spend about 10 hours a month contributing to school life (attending meetings, undertaking training, visiting school, participating in school events and much more) but some do less and you can do a lot more if you choose.
The most important thing to note is that governors are a team, not a collection of individuals or groups with separate agendas. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the school and the responsibility we share for its long-term success. In short, we have a common purpose. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school Governor please get in touch with any of our Governors.