What We Do
Governors play a critical role in ensuring that school is a safe and secure place of learning where children can thrive and staff have high expectations of themselves and their pupils, acting as a critical friend to help the school question and challenge itself to continuously improve.
The Board is a volunteer body responsible for:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
We are made up of representatives from the local community, parents and staff, including the Headteacher. Staff and Parent governors are elected, the Local Authority governor is appointed by Bucks Council and Co-opted Governors (from the wider community) are appointed by the Governing Board itself. We have a wide range of skills which are used to both challenge and support the school; working together the school and governors look to provide the best educational experience for pupils and an excellent working environment for staff.
All Governors are bound by a code of conduct and are encouraged to contribute fully to discussions, all views are welcome and listened to before a decision is taken.
The day to day duties of managing the school are delegated to the Headteacher and her very capable team.
Governors are allocated specific link roles relevant to their areas of expertise and interest. For example, there are Governors allocated to health and safety, special educational needs, safeguarding, equality and diversity, outcomes, finance and wellbeing. These Governors link with their school counterparts and take the lead in overseeing the school’s compliance and impact in these areas.
Governors also conduct monitoring visits to school, to see for themselves what has been shared with them in meetings, to meet with staff and pupils and here from them about their experiences.
In the same way as the staff complete professional training so do the Governors to support them in their role. The Governors also link with Governors from other settings through liaison groups, to share best practice and learn from each other.
You can read more about what being a governor means on the National Governors Association web site by clicking the link to Being a Governor.
Being a School Governor is a demanding but rewarding role. We hope this has encouraged to find out more (which you can do by contacting one of the governors, who are listed on the Governing Body Membership page) or, if you are interested in becoming a governor when a vacancy arises please contact the Chair of Governors.