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The Governors of the School

 

Name Position Held Governor Start Date End Date
Mr P Brookes Chair Local Authority 27/09/2017 26/09/2021
Mrs S Hodson Vice-Chair Co-opted 01/09/2015  31/08/2019
Mr S Williams   Foundation 22/01/2018 21/01/2022
Mrs M Roberts   Foundation 07/02/2018  06/02/2022
Rev S Agnew   Foundation Ex-Officio -
Mr R Jukes   Co-opted 01/09/2015  31/08/2019
Mrs G Fox   Parent 19/11/2015 18/11/2019
Mrs J Elliott   Parent 04/12/2015 03/12/2019
Mr G Shaw   Parent 29/11/2017 28/11/2021
Ms R Webster   Parent 19/01/2018 18/01/2022
Mrs K Morris   Associate 27/03/2017 26/03/2021
Mrs J Birchall   Headteacher Ex-Officio -
Mrs A Bond   Staff 07/02/2018 06/02/2022
Mrs K Figgitt Clerk to the Governing Body   16/05/2018 15/05/2019

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*  All Governors except Associate Governors have voting rights on the full governing body *

*  No Governor is serving as a Governor at any other educational establishment *

*  There is no relationship between any Governor and member of the school *

 

The Role of the Governing Body and life as a School Governor

 

The Department of Education has high expectations of all Governing Bodies. Our Governing Body plays a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education . Fundamentally , our core purpose as defined in law is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement in the school.

The Governing Body is robust in its attention and focus with regards to the following:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, developing the School’s Christian ethos and its strategic direction;​

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of both the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent;

Governors are expected to act and take decisions that are in the best interests of the school, its pupils and not those of self, any individual or groups. It is important that the Governing Body supports the school with both parents and the wider community.

 

The Governing Body is responsible with the school to ensure the delivery of a good quality education. It is the children who are at the heart of all that we do. Together with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team who are responsible for the day to day management, Governors set the aims, policies and future direction of the school.

 

The full governing body meets on two occasions each term, with additional meetings being called as appropriate. During these meetings Governors report on their areas of responsibility. Preparation for governor meetings is of paramount importance. This will involve reading the requisite paperwork and supporting documentation and contributing to the discussion of agenda items. Governors support and challenge the Headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what is best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole.

Indeed, governors are also expected to demonstrate their commitment by getting to know the school and are expected to take personal responsibility for their own ongoing training and development. Training courses are offered both through the Local Authority and the Diocese of Worcester.​

 

To summarise, it’s important that as governors we get things right. How we do our job affects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school and the community.

Above all, whilst the role of a governor at our school is demanding and at times challenging, it is nevertheless very rewarding.

 

 

ACADEMY STATUS

 

There has been much comment, both from Government and in the national press in recent months espousing the benefits of all schools becoming academies. The present position here is that we have a close working relationship with 2 local schools, similar to ourselves in terms of constitution, values, academic achievement and intake.

 

At the full governing body meeting on the 2nd March 2016, it was unanimously agreed to set up a small working party of 4 governors to examine the merits or otherwise of pursuing academy status. The working party appointed consisted of the Headteacher Mrs Birchall, Mr Brookes, Mr Sutton and Mr Williams.

 

We have carefully considered the Diocesan Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) model and have attended seminars which have set out the benefits and all that the DMAT has to offer. Their vision is to provide children of all faiths and none with excellent educational provision within a distinctively caring and supportive Christian ethos.

 

We have come to the conclusion that at the present time, it is not in the best interests of the school to consider becoming an academy. We do however have to be mindful of exactly what is happening at local government level in terms of the cost, quality, services and level of support that is provided to the school.

 

The whole question of academisation will continue to be on the agenda in the months ahead

 

Embracing the fullness of life, embedded in a Christian ethos of caring and sharing.
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