The governors, commonly referred to as the governing body, provide non-executive leadership. Our role is to operate as a board – similar to that of a charity, or the board of directors of a company.
In all matters, the ‘board of governors’ operate at a strategic level, leaving the Executive Head and senior school leaders responsible and accountable for the operational day-to-day running of the school.
Our core functions are
· Setting the vision and strategic direction of school;
· holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance;
· and ensuring our financial resources are well spent.
Although governors are volunteers, we have a vital and demanding role that requires skill and professionalism. It is only right that we are accountable to Ofsted for our effectiveness. In all school inspections, Ofsted judges the effectiveness of a school’s governance based on criteria that directly reflect the board’s three core functions.
Under the new constitution which we agreed in 2014, we opted to operate as a governing body of ten. Our number comprises the Executive Head, the Head of School, a ‘staff’ governor, two ‘parent’ governors, a governor appointed by the Local Authority and two co-opted governors. As a Church of England School, we are specifically required to have two ‘Foundation governors elected by St Mary’s Parish Church Council as representatives of the church.
|Helen Banks||Foundation/Chair||Chair of Governing Body|
|Sam Beresford||Co-opted||School Development|
|Alex Miller||Parent||Vice Chair of Governing Body/Chair of Resources|
|Andrew Raistrick||Executive Headteacher||All Committees|
|David Shaw||Parent||School Development|
|Karen Smith||Partnership||Chair of School Development|
|Rev. David Sweeting||Foundation||School Development|