Q. Does the GB run the School?
A. No. The Head runs the School on a day-to-day basis, with the support of the Senior Management Team. The GB’s role is a more strategic one of setting direction, agreeing key policies and reviewing progress.
Q. How can the GB add value on educational matters when it is the teachers who have the professional knowledge and experience?
A. Individual members of the GB have a wide range of relevant experience including business, the law, health, IT, and education. Governors also receive training and information to support them in their role. The GB can add value by acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head. A critical friend offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. But a critical friend may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and so seek to arrive at the best solution.
Q. I am confused by all the different bodies that seem to be involved: the Governing Body, Worcestershire County Council, the Parent Partnership, the Friends. How does it all work?
A. Worcestershire County Council as the Local Education Authority has a number of important roles: for example the LEA allocates finance to the School, controls admissions and is the employer of all the staff. The Governing Body has strategic oversight of the School’s direction, makes and reviews key policies and reviews progress. The Parent Partnership provides a forum where parents can make suggestions and enter into a dialogue with the Head and staff about how the School operates on a day-to-day basis. The Friends’ role is to raise funds for ‘extras’ like contributions to the school minibus, pantomime trips and leavers’ presents through organising social events for parents, which also serve to strengthen the school community. Each of these bodies has a complementary role to all the others and generally work in harmony to promote the best interests of the School.
Q. What if I would like to become a governor / know someone who would be a good governor? What does the role involve?
A. Elections are held for parent governors as and when a vacancy arises and all parents are informed about the election process. If you know of someone else who lives in the area who you think would be a suitable candidate as a community governor then please contact the Chair of the GB who will keep the person in mind (along with any other candidates) as and when a vacancy arises. The work of governors is unpaid but can be very rewarding. It involves attendance at twelve evening meetings a year and some preparation time before meetings . Additional time is required if a governor takes a lead role on a subject or topic area, and for occasional visits to School to see things at first hand. Governors are subject to a check by the Criminal Records Bureau.