As a State maintained school, Paston Ridings is accountable to its Governing Body; which in turn is accountable to its Parents and the Community. The Governing Body is made up of a number of different categories of governors. At Paston Ridings the board is made up of the following:
Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority nominates local authority governors but it is the governing body who makes the appointment. Co-Opted governors are usually employees from local businesses. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership. The majority of employers appreciate this and are supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility. In addition, contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well-being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.
The Role of the Governing Body
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:
- provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
- It appoints and performance manages the Head Teacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;
- monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Head Teacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
- signs off the self-evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary.
The Governing body holds the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted with and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.
In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school year.
Governors work together as a team, under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing body. They and sign a Code of Practice agreeing to undertake their duties with discretion, impartiality and professionalism.
All governors are non-paid volunteers
Governing work is discussed and delegated at a number of meetings held throughout the school year.
At Paston Ridings we have delegated specific work to be addressed by two committees; The Financial & Resources Committee and the Standards & Achievement Committee which both meet once per term, with a full Governing Body meeting also held once a term.
If you are passionate about improving lives for children; giving them opportunities and building their confidence so that they really believe they can achieve their goals, become a governor and make a difference to your school- we need you!
James' story...... a new Governor to Paston Ridings....
Let me introduce myself. My name is James or Jim if you prefer and I am proud to say that I am a Governor for this school. I have been in position for almost a year and thought that I would take some time to share my journey with you.
When I first applied for the position of Governor, I had no idea what the role would involve. To be honest with you, I thought it was just a case of attending a few meetings, dotting a few i’s & crossing a few t’s. How wrong could I be….
When I first met Jo C ( Head Teacher ) & Jo E ( Chair of Governors ) I realised that this was going to involve more than I originally thought.
The enthusiasm and drive that both Jo’s and the Governing Body showed in wanting to turn the school around was inspiring and pretty quickly my concerns about my own abilities to carry out my role were quickly forgotten, instead they were replaced with eagerness to want to be part of what the team are trying to achieve.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that it has been easy. You will be expected to attend the committee meetings, have responsibilities for making sure targets are met and also undertake relevant training, which I found as a new Governor invaluable. During those early months, the support I received from the Governing Body helped me to develop, embrace and enjoy my role.
We work with a great team at Paston Ridings. From the teaching staff, catering team, administration team, caretaker and not forgetting the pupils, we are all working towards the success of the school. But we are missing a valuable link, that of parent governors.
Why not join us?
If you feel that you have something to offer why not consider applying for one of our parent governor roles. Trust me, the difference you can make is a feeling few things can match.
Hope to see you soon.