Drapers’ Pyrgo Priory Governors

Mr Patrick BeddowsChair of Governors

Miss Amanda Morris

Mr Ayas Fallon-Khan

Mrs Sandra Brown

Mr Mark O’Brien

Mr John McKernan

Rev Russell Moul

Mr Simon Redmond - Parent Governor

Mrs Laura Dunn - Parent Governor

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The responsibilities of the governing body are defined by legislation.

A Guide to the Law for School Governors addresses governors’ responsibilities in detail and can be accessed through the Department for Education website.

The main areas addressed in the guide are as follows:

  • Curriculum, including target setting
  • Religious education
  • Collective worship
  • Special Education Needs
  • Finance
  • School staffing
  • School premises
  • Discipline and attendance
  • School admissions
  • All school policies
  • Roles of the Governing Body

    The main aim of the governing body is to maintain and improve its school’s standards of education. Its work can be divided into three key areas:

    • Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources
    • Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher to support and challenge them in managing the school
    • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs
    • The School Governors are here to:

      • Give support, advice and help to the school
      • Take a real pride in the school and the achievements of its pupils and staff
      • Work on and agree general school policies and the school’s own Improvement Plan
      • Work in partnership with the staff for the benefit of the school
      • Visit the school during the school day in order to gain a clear understanding of the working of the school
      • Give advance notice of your intention to visit the school, if only to be certain that the most appropriate members of staff are available
      • Maintain confidentiality – from time to time items of a confidential nature will be discussed and it is essential that confidentiality is maintained
      • Never comment to the press, LA Officers or Councillors, gossip in the community, or challenge members of staff even though feelings are strong over a particular issue. In the first instance you should report any concerns or fears direct to the Head and/or the Chair
      • Refrain from using your privileged position as a governor to discuss or gain an advantage for your children. If you wish to discuss your children, then you should approach the school in the same way as any other parent
      • Study recommendations made by the Head and staff, question the recommendations, and be constructive in any criticism
      • Accept and act on collective decisions of the governing body
      • Join with staff dealing with current issues of importance, particularly where a lay opinion would be an advantage (for example, ethnic minority governors can have a particular role in making schools aware of equal opportunities and cultural issues)
      • Visit other schools, meet with other Heads, talk to other governors, read the educational press, so that a wider knowledge of the education system is gained
      • Take every opportunity to promote the school in all aspects
      • Participate in the appointment of staff both at the short listing and at interview and selection stages
      • Participate in school activities in particular those which promote the school
      • Participate in training sessions – listen to what is happening in other schools. and nationally to identify any improvements you could suggest to your governors
      • Be prepared to examine critically the school’s accounts and budget statements and participate in discussions and decision making in all areas of the school’s finances
      • School Exclusions

        From time to time it may be necessary to exclude pupils for unacceptable behaviour. Such exclusions can be fixed term or permanent and parents/guardians have the right to appeal to the governors.

        Governors would then be asked to listen to evidence from pupils, parents and the school staff in order to ensure fairness and appropriateness of any sanction which the Headteacher had given.