The Local Governing Committee is a strong working group committed to the welfare of the school.
What makes a good governor?
The most important quality is the desire to make a difference to children’s lives through education. In addition to this, attributes that make a good school governor include:
- A desire to help the local community
- An external perspective
- A willingness to change assumptions
- The time to get involved
- The ability to work as part of a team
What do governors do?
Among other responsibilities they:
- Set appropriate targets for student achievement
- Develop and review the School Improvement Plan
- Manage the school’s budget
- Review curriculum
- Be a “critical friend” to the Headteacher and other professionals
- Self evaluate school’s strengths and weaknesses
- Prioritise responses to a plethora of government initiatives
- Governors do not get involved in the day to day operational aspects of school – this is the job of the Headteacher and his staff. Their role is more strategic and long term.
Why does it matter?
According to Ofsted, “…where governance is good, standards of attainment are more likely to be higher than in other schools. The quality of teaching, the behaviour of the pupils, and leadership and management are also more likely to be good. Where governance is weak, schools are more likely to be less successful overall.”
How might I become involved?
The Local Governing Committee meets six times every year. If you’d like to have an informal discussion about the possibility of becoming a Governor, contact Stuart McKellar, Chair of Governors, via the school.