At St. Gregory’s we are fortunate to have a very dedicated and committed governing body who work hard, in partnership with the home, school and parish, to provide the best possible education for all the pupils in our care. The Governing Body is a ‘critical friend’ of the school. It provides Strategic Leadership in school improvement. It does this by being appropriately involved in the school improvement cycle as follows:
- Developing and sharing the values and vision
- Setting out the aims and objectives of the school
- Setting out the policies and procedures by which the aims and objectives will be achieved
- Establishing the criteria by which the aims and achievements will be seen to be achieved
- Taking the views of stakeholders into account
- Evaluating evidence on how well the school is doing
- Finding out how well the school is doing in comparison with similar schools
- Agreeing targets for improvement
- Planning to achieve improvement
- Ensuring that deployment of staffing and resources match the school’s priorities
- Reviewing progress and evaluating outcomes
- Setting and managing the school budget
Governors will consider and keep under review: the progress and attainment of all groups of pupils, evidence of narrowing gaps between under achieving groups and other pupils, improvements in the quality of teaching, the school’s improvement since the last inspection, and the school’s self-evaluation of how well it is doing currently. Governors are not expected to be involved in the day to day running of the school.
Who can be a governor?
- Almost everyone over 18 can become a governor, governors are volunteers from all walks of life – everyone has experience and skills to offer
- An effective governing body has people from different backgrounds and with a mix of skills. No formal qualifications are needed to be a school governor
- Governors are not education experts – they are there to offer a fresh perspective
What makes a good governor?
- The ability to work in a team
- An interest in education and a commitment to the school
- Patience, energy and enthusiasm
- A willingness to listen, learn and to spend time in school
- A willingness to undertake training