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From September 2012 Governors are responsible for specified information to be published on a school’s website:

Newsletters Minutes
Governors Newsletter Spring 2014 15th May 2013
   
WHO's WHO - Information about members of the governing body and their roles
 

Visits by the Governing Body to School
 

What is the role of school governors and governing bodies? Fact sheet
Governing bodies are responsible for a wide range of matters, which include ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and planning for the future development and improvement of the school. The governing body represents the public interest of the school. Individual governors are appointed or elected by various groups, each group bringing a different viewpoint. All Governors are actively involved in the work of the Governing Body and accept a fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees and in attendance at training sessions. The governing body works together – governors do not make decisions individually.

Governors will support and, at the same time, challenge heads by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what is best for the school. Governors make important decisions on how a school will be run and have to stand by their collective decision. The governing body is answerable to parents, learners and the wider community.

Commitment
Our meetings are held 3 times a term and dates and times vary to accommodate the needs of the governing body.
Governors usually also sit on one, or sometimes more, committees. Meetings should last no more than 2 hours. Governors are encouraged to visit school to learn more about the way the school works.

Who’s who?
Governing bodies comprise of various types of governor. The governing body includes:
• Parents elected by other parents at the school.(1)
• Staff governors elected by their colleagues.(3)
• Local Authority appointed governors.(1)
• Foundation governors appointed by the body which established the school ie. the church,(7)

The Governors play a very important part in the life of our school

Category of Governor

Name of Governor

End of term of office

Committee

responsibilities

Chair (Foundation Governor)

Mrs. S.P. Marsh

August 2020

School Improvement
Pay
Attendance
Admissions

Achievement
Leadership and management
Child Protection

Vice Chair (LA Governor)

Mrs. P. Hirst

February 2020

School Improvement
Finance, Building and Personnel
Pay
Complaints
Attendance

Achievement
Training link

Foundation Governor

Mr. A. Bray 

August 2020

Finance, Building and Personnel
Pay
Complaints

Achievement
Behaviour and safety

Manchester Diocese

Mr. M. Healey

June 2021

Finance, Building and Personnel
Complaints

Teaching and Learning Inclusion

Foundation Governor

Rev. Bailie (Priest-in-Charge of the Parish)

 

Finance, Building and Personnel
Pay

Achievement
SMSC
Working with parents

Foundation Governor

Vacancy

 

School Improvement

Inclusion
Teaching and Learning
Literacy/Ofsted

Foundation Governor

Mrs. V. Warrington

October 2019

School Improvement
Pay

Inclusion
Literacy/Ofsted

Foundation Governor

Mr. P. Davies

October 2020

School Improvement
Complaints

IT
Ofsted
SIAMS

Foundation Governor

Mr. D. Artingstall

 

Finance, Building and Personnel

Finance
HR

Associate Governor

Mrs. E. Quinn

May 2019

School Improvement
Admissions

Ofsted
SIAMS

Staff Representative

Mrs. N. Belfield

September 2019

School Improvement

 

Ofsted
SIAMS

Parent Representative Mr. B Elson October 2020 Finance, Building and Personnel

IT
Behaviour and safety
SMSC
Working with parents
Ofsted
SIAMS

Parent Representative Mrs. S. Stanley October 2019 School Improvement

Working with parents
Ofsted

SIAMS
Head teacher Miss K. Hampson  

School Improvement
Finance, Building and Personnel
Attendance

Admissions
 

Foundation Governors are nominated by the P.C.C. of St Mary’s & St John’s Churches
Mrs. J. Gorton (LEA Appointed Clerk to Governors)

Working as a school governor develops the opportunity to

  • make a real difference and the chance to contribute to the good of the community, leading to real satisfaction and a sense of achievement. You will gain an understanding of the decision making process of school governing bodies and an awareness of the education system as a whole;
  • to work with a wide variety of people and pupils from a variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • develop new skills and strengthen existing ones. You will be offered training provided by the Local Authority and Manchester Diocese on various aspects of the governor role.

Parent Governors
Parent governors play a vital role on governing bodies, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint of the school. Through the children, they have first hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum and how the school is perceived from the ‘consumers’ point of view. This enables parent governors to bring a different perspective to the strategic management of the school. It is important for parent governors to establish a rapport with the parental body which elected him/her, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance. Although being available to advise parents on appropriate routes of action is a very important aspect of the role it is vital that parent governors do not personally become involved in individual concerns. Apart from the possibility of this jeopardising appropriate complaints and appeals procedures, no governor has the authority to act individually on behalf of the school.

Parent governors are representative parents rather than representatives of parents.
To effectively fulfil the role, parent governors should:
  • make themselves known to the parent body
  • try to attend training sessions
  • listen impartially to concerns raised by parents
  • guide parents regarding appropriate lines of action and procedures.

Governor Visits
 

 

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