Colston’s Primary School is a Co-operative Academy Trust. The Directors of the Trust are required to appoint a Board of Governors to make decisions about how the school is run. The Governors are also Trustees.
Here they are:
What do Governors do?
The governors act as a "critical friend" to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. The governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation. The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body's principal professional adviser. He assists the Governing Body with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.
School governors help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils:
- thinking and working strategically to help raise standards
- monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school's priorities and targets
- supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations
- accounting to all stakeholders for the school's overall performance and for the decisions they have made
How are the Governors organised at Colston's?
As a full governing body we meet at least once each half term. We also have two sub committees with specific responsibilities, as outlined below:
Responsible for monitoring and evaluating attainment and the quality of learning, for identifying and celebrating pupil achievements, monitoring and evaluating curriculum provision, ensuring that the requirements for pupils with special educational needs are met, and to set pupil performance targets
Responsible for the occupation, use and the upkeep of the school premises. Also responsible for ensuring that the school and all occupants are safe. This includes risk assessments and regular health and safety reviews. Responsible for determining the yearly budget and expenditure. Responsible for staffing issues and relevant policies, including pay, appointments and performance management.
Meeting Schedule for Governors
The Full Governing Body (FGB) meet once a term, as do each of the sub-committees. This makes a total of 18 meetings plus one extra FGB in September for administrative purposes. A Head's Performance Management Appraisal team is also in place, and additional working parties are set up as required.
The programme of meetings can be found HERE.
As well as attending committee meetings, the Governors at Colston’s Primary School undertake a comprehensive programme of monitoring. This is dictated by the priority areas set out in the school development plan for the year.
Link governors are appointed for each area, and a monitoring programme is agreed between the corresponding Link Governors and School Leads. For example, the Literacy Link Governor will work with the School Literacy Lead.
Monitoring can take several forms including talking to children about a particular aspect of their work, classroom visits, attending assemblies, book sampling, or simply meeting with staff for an update.
We don’t make judgements about the quality of teaching, nor do we comment on the progress of individual children. Monitoring activities help governors to appreciate and understand the workings of the school, to provide focused support and challenge, and to get to know staff and children - ie: to perform the role of “critical friend” as effectively as possible.
We are devoted to playing our part in setting the strategic vision for the school and assuring the optimum outcomes and best experience for all children who come to Colston’s Primary. Although our work is mainly ‘behind the scenes’ we are lucky to have a very welcoming staff who readily invite us in to meet them and the children as part of our monitoring work.
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