The purpose of our governing body is to help the School provide the best possible education for each of its pupils, and to enable them to reach the highest standards of achievement. Its three core roles are to:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
In practice our governors contribute to the development of the school; it’s strategic framework; determining the character, aims, ethos and values of the school; and developing its policies.
We behave as ‘critical friends’ to the school at all times. This includes monitoring and evaluating the work of the school; offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. This will also include challenging and asking questions of the Headteacher and other members of the leadership team. We do not, though, become involved in day to day management issues.
Our governing body is accountable to the community, Local Authority, parents and students for the way it carries out its functions and is made up of parent, staff, Local Authority & community governors. Each member brings to the GB a range of skills that allow them to focus on specific aspects of the school strategic governance.
The Governing Body reconstituted in April 2017 and all governors have a four year term of office. All governors have declared that they have no business or pecuniary interests in relation to their role as a school governor. The Governing Body meets every half-term throughout the academic year.
Who can be a Governor?
All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. Extensive training is available in a range of governor related topics. Although the role is unpaid governors find it rewarding in being able to give something back to society and also in learning new skills that can be transferred to other areas of their life. Examples include participation in committee work or even chairing meetings. You don’t need to have a child at Grove House or Kings Park Schools to become a governor.