Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Chair of Governors
My name is Julie Maxwell. I am a freelance translator and I run a community arts organisation. I have had experience as a school governor and as Chair of Governors at Hazel Primary School in the early 2000s. I am delighted to return to the post at Marriott and to have this chance to support the community. This school is very community-orientated and it has an extremely committed staff and management. I shall look forward to helping the school build on its present good standing.
Please feel free to contact me via the school office.
The Governing Body.
The Governing Body is made up of parents and carers of children at the school, Local Authority representatives and others who have an interest in the school. The governors are responsible for the clarity of vision of the school, the ethos and the strategic direction. The head teacher is responsible for the day to day running and management of the school. The governors hold the head teacher to account in areas such as the educational performance of the pupils and school, the performance management of the staff and the financial performance of the school ensuring that our money is well spent. We try to have governors who have skills that enable us to do so. Governors also receive training to help them carry out their role.
As part of the governing body team, a governor is expected to.
Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings which determine:
• the vision and ethos of the school;
clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school;
• that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
• the school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation;
• the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies;
• the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies.
2. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance; this includes:
• agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan;
• considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance;
• asking challenging questions of school leaders;
• ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits;
• ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies;
• acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant school priority; and listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders : pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.
3. Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises, and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.
4. When required, serve on panels of governors to:
• appoint the headteacher and other senior leaders;
• appraise the headteacher;
• set the headteacher’s pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff;
• hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters;
• hear appeals about pupil exclusions.
Governors have a key role in raising and maintaining standards in school:
The day to day management of the school lies with the Headteacher. The Governing Body is responsible for working with the leaders in school to ensure there is a longer term view for school improvement. Our Governing Body has assigned Governors to specific curriculum areas, aspects or subjects.There are a number of ways that monitoring can take place:
Observing lessons (with other staff so it can be discussed afterwards?).
Meeting with subject leaders and teachers.
Analysing relevant exam or test results (attainment).
Analysing and discussing the progress pupils make from their starting points (achievement).
The Governing Body undertake the Performance Management of the Head teacher. This is normally allocated to three Governors who carry out a review in the autumn term (beginning of the academic year) often with external professional support. An over-view is reported to the full Governing Body.
The Headteacher’s Report to Governors is a termly agenda item and will follow a set format. It is an opportunity for Governors to then seek clarification, offer challenge and refer information in the report to the School Development Plan. The report contains information on school developments; any staffing changes; assessment procedures, test and exam results; records of bullying and any safeguarding issues.The School Development Plan is used to monitor developments and ensure actions are carried out on schedule. This is referred to regularly in Governing Body meetings.
A sub-committee will have an over-view of finances, monitoring and checking the budget and allocation of funds. and will report to the full Governing Body.
Governors are encouraged to visit the school to monitor the work that goes on, normally with a focus on specific issues linked to school improvement using data produced by the school and from RAISE online to compare attainment and achievement against national standards.
The Governing Body are always looking for methods of communication with parents/carers by sharing information about our work and respond to their concerns or ideas so far we have used:
Governing Body page on the school website
Governor presence at events such as parental consultation evenings, fetes, school productions, sporting events and assemblies.
Your opinion counts!
We really would like to hear your views so please use the Parents View which you can find here
If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies: