“The Governing Board shall conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of education achievement at the school…..and shall promote the well-being of pupils at the school”
(2002 Education Act amended Education and Inspections Act 2006)
Hello, my name is Pat Redfern and I am the current Chair of Governors of Brading Primary School.
At the present time we have 7 Governors, including myself. Our overall priority is to continue raising standards at the school, and develop the children so they leave us being ready for the next stage of their education. We do this by ensuring we unlock the potential of every child attending the school, by being a TEAM that TRUST each other.
Why do we have governors?
The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to the local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.
What do we do?
The governors over-riding role is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. We also hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of staff. Not to mention overseeing the financial performance of the school and to make sure its money is well spent.
How do we monitor?
We typically look at data collected by the school, the Local Authority and Ofsted and use this to define our School Improvement Plan (SIP). It is this document that provides the overarching plan to move the school forward.
Governors regularly visit the school to talk with members of staff and pupils as their views are important. The views of parents are also vital, and are primarily collated from questionnaires sent by the school. Collectively, this is all valuable feedback for governors.
As governors, our decisions are driven by what is best for the children of the school.