All schools in England have a Governing Board which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions. A key role is to act as a critical friend: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.
The governors of Cheadle Heath Primary School come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some governors are from the school staff, some are parents, some are appointed by Stockport Council and others are representatives from our local community. The governors work together as a group bringing their own particular experience to support the school and to ensure that the children are getting the best possible education. They have to make important decisions about issues such as the priorities for each year, the way the curriculum is delivered and the budget. Governors act collectively: once a decision is made they all stand by it.
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected bi-annually at the first meeting of the academic year. All our governors volunteer to undertake this role and do not claim expenses incurred during their work as governors. Minutes of meetings are published and available in school to anybody who wishes to read them.
The full Governing Board has termly meetings and adopts the principles of open government so staff, parents and interested members of the public are welcome to attend. Much of the work is done by committees which meet at least every term (three times in the year). At Cheadle Heath Primary, we have the following committees.
- Resources Committee: income and expenditure is monitored to ensure there is no overspend and that the budget is supporting the curriculum. This committee’s main purpose is to ensure that spending for our school remains within budget and that money is spent wisely to meet the needs of our pupils. It meets every term but, in addition, there are review meetings with the local authority finance officer. The health and safety of the school site is also part of this committee’s remit.
- Teaching, Learning & Assessment: Its main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the work of each school around pupil progress and attainment; monitoring how the Pupil Premium and PE grants are being spent to improve provision; and ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements.
- Pupil Support: The main purpose of the committee is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s pastoral work including areas such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, health and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision. An important role of the committee is to ensure all safeguarding policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff.
There are also committees for Performance Management, Pay and Pupil Discipline, although these meet less frequently.
The work of a School Governor is varied and interesting. It can be time consuming involving challenge and debate but it is also very rewarding. If you want to be part of the Governing Board please enquire about any vacancies by contacting the Chair of Governors or the Headteacher. You can find out about the work of Stockport Council’s School Organisation Committee and GOVAS by clicking here. Read more about the work of the National Governors’ Association here.