Who are the school governors and what do they do?
Governors play an important part in overseeing the running of the school in the interests of the community it serves. Governors govern rather than manage. The governing body is made up of a cross-section of the local community and includes parent representatives of children at the school.
The table below shows the governors at Blackwell - if you click on a governors name you will find a little more information about each of them:
|Type of Governor
|Headteacher||Ms P Crocker|
|Elected Staff Governor||Ms C Jefferis|
|Elected Parent Governors||Mr S Rogers|
|Associate Governor||Mr P Roper|
|LA Appointed Governor||Mrs M Belsey|
|Co-Chair of Governors||Mr R Bienkowski|
|Mr D Judson|
|Co-opted Governors||Ms J Stromfield||Ms L Reeves|
|Mrs S Latham||Ms J Sherington|
|Mrs A Madden|
|Clerk to the Governing Body||Mrs J Hayward|
|Chair of Curriculum Committee||Mr R Bienkowski|
|Chair of Resources Committee||Mr S Rogers|
Becoming a School Governor
School Governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. They do not need to be education experts or have formal qualifications.
The most effective governors are those who:
· listen, think and ask questions
· believe that education is important
· take an interest in the role of schools in the community
· can work with others and assimilate a wide range of information and data
· have a willingness to learn
· have sound communication skills
· are prepared to give time to doing the job well.
Being a School Governor
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.
What do Governors do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
· set the aims and objectives for the school
· set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
· set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
· monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
· be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
The Governors' Appointments table for academic year 2017-2018 and Governing Board Structure and Delegated Accountabilities table are attached below.