Chair of Governors
I have been a parent at the school since 2001 when my eldest daughter joined the nursery. In my professional life I am a part time civil servant and the flexibility of the job allows me to have time to commit to my role as School Governor. It is important to point out that Governors come from all walks of life.
I started as a Parent Governor after a friend nominated me for the position and when the two schools amalgamated I was voted into the position of Chair after the long standing chair of 14 years stood down – a role that initially filled me with an overwhelming sense of responsibility.
The main role of the Governing Body is to act as a critical friend to the school, to ensure that as a school community we give the best possible experience to all of our children in all aspects of school life. We are involved in many of the decisions made in school such as target setting, budget control, personnel issues and recruitment to name but a few. You may well ask how in practical terms we do this. Each term we have a full Governing Body meeting and we consider any issues at that time. We also have a series of committee meetings such as finance and personnel during the school year where, once again, we make decisions that fit into the criteria for that meeting.
As Chair I meet regularly with Mrs Finlay, the Headteacher, to ensure that I am up to date with school management and progress. This is also an opportunity for me to really get to know the school and what happens on a daily basis. This aspect is important to me as it helps me to become more effective in my role.
As governors we also get the opportunity to attend all the special events that take place such as sports days, assemblies and school productions – all of which are dear to my heart and an absolute pleasure to watch. You will see me and some of the other governors at parents evening and events in school – please take the time to come and talk to us, get to know us and tell us about your experiences and we can tell you more about our role. Our aim is to take the school to the position of ‘Outstanding’ in Ofsted Terms and your input will help in achieving this.
All of the events, the meetings we participate in and our last Ofsted report show me that we really do deserve the Ofsted award of a ‘Good’ school. This is really all down to the hard work of the whole school team, a very effective management structure, a hard working, committed headteacher and the dedication and hard work of all our children and families connected to the school.