Welcome from the Chair of Governors at Barnburgh Primary School
My name is Janine Reid and I am the Chair of Governors. I am delighted to have this opportunity to give you an overview of governance at Barnburgh Primary School.
I joined the board of governors in 2004 and I have been Chair since 2014. My current term of office as Chair ends in September when the AGM takes place.
Governance has altered dramatically over the last few years. Our governing body is a group of professional people, from a variety of employment areas which allows their skills to be transferable to monitoring, supporting, challenging and working in partnership with senior leaders to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all the pupils in our care and to ensure Barnburgh Primary School is the very best it can be.
What do we do?
Governors have 3 key roles:
- to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- to hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
- determining how the school's budget is spent
- the appointing and dismissing of staff
- hearing appeals and grievances
- forming policy on the school's curriculum
- setting standards for pupils' behaviour, attendance and discipline
- making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
- setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
How is this achieved?
Meetings. Governors at Barnburgh are constantly reflecting on their practice and in 2016 we made the strategic decision to move away from the normal multi-layered committee structures, to a singular board meeting structure with a specific focus, This enables us to react quickly and effectively to current priorities. In November 2020 we re-evaluated our committee structure and priorities and agreed a sub Committee for Finance would meet and report to the full board. Attendance at meetings is monitored and reported (See Governor meeting attendance report). Formal clerked meetings take place termly:
Autumn 1 Annual General Meeting, 1 Finance meeting, 1 Board meeting Cast Focus
Spring 1 Finance meeting, 1 Board meeting Cast Focus,
Summer 1 Finance meeting, 1 Board meeting Cast Focus.
This has proven to be more effective in meeting the needs of the school. In addition, we have a small number of statutory committees.
Visits. Every governor has specific areas of responsibility, these are monitored, challenged and reported at full governing body meetings. These are actioned through regular and timely, pre-arranged notes of visits with school leaders (including Headteacher, SENCO, School Business Manager, Curriculum staff lead, School Council).
Training. Every governor attends formal introductory training to ensure they have an understanding of the role. Training can be accessed on-line or by formal face to face training courses run by the LEA. These courses are free of charge to members of the Board of Governors. We have high expectations of governors accessing training to ensure they gain the knowledge carry out their responsibility roles. Mentoring and induction is undertaken.
Interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.inspiringgovernance.org/ for more information on our current requirements. Priority will be given to those people who’s expertise matches a skill which may not be fully met. We are actively looking to recruit governors with knowledge of Finance or Human Resources to support us further in these areas.
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