The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team. However, the Governing Body has the responsibility to ensure that the school is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:
Working in partnership with the Head Teacher and staff to establish the strategic direction of the school.
Establishing and reviewing school policies.
Working with the Head Teacher to set targets and objectives.
Approving the school budget.
Reviewing progress against the budget and objectives.
Appointing, challenging and supporting the Head Teacher.
There are weekly meetings between the Chair of Governors and the Head Teacher.
Regular governor visits take place, these will focus on one aspect of school provision. Following on from the visit the governor will produce a short report for all governors.
Comprehensive Head Teacher reports are produced for the governing body.
Training courses provided by the Local Authority give information about what the school should be working on and policies that should be in place.
Governors are linked to a Curriculum area and meet to review this area every year with the subject leader responsible.
The formal instrument of Government details that St. Mary’s governing body is made up of 14 Governors.
7 Foundation Governors; appointed by the Diocese of Gloucester
1 ExOfficio Foundation Governor appointed by virtue of office held as Vicar of St Mary’s Church
2 Parent Governors; proposed and elected by parents and carers of children at the school
2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher and 1 of the school teaching staff; proposed and elected by the staff
1 Local Authority Governor; appointed by the Local Authority
1 Co-opted governor ( A non-teaching member of staff; proposed by the staff and elected by the governing body)
The term of office for each Governor is 4 years from date of appointment or election. Governors are selected based on their skills and experience.
Foundation Governors are appointed by the Dioceses of Gloucester. Foundation Governors are expected to bring to the Governing body an informed regard for the Church nature of the foundation of the school, to ensure that its Christian ethos is preserved and developed, and the religious worship reflects the tradition of the Church of England.
Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
The whole Governing Body meets at least 6 times a year. They also meet regularly in 3 smaller committees which report back to the Full Governing body meetings. Every Governor is able to decide which committee they feel best suits their expertise. The committee structures are as follows:
Resources Committee – This committee reviews where we are against the budget at each meeting and reviews any changes to staffing. This committee is also responsible for ensuring that the buildings of the school are safe and fit for purpose and to ensure the school complies with Health and Safety regulations.
Standards Committee – This committee is responsible for ensuring the high standards of education and ensuring the national curriculum is taught effectively. They monitor & review the pupil and school performance and attendance.
Ethos Committee – The main responsibility of the committee is to support, advise and challenge the Head Teacher and the Governing Body regarding the distinctive ethos of St Mary’s as a church school, and the impact which this has on the pupils and the whole school community.
If you would like to know more about how to volunteer and join the governors in delivering the school vision please leave your contact details with the school office and one of our Governors will contact you.