All Governors are volunteers and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
The board of governors should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013 and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of governance in both maintained schools and academies.
How well the board of governors does its job has a real impact on the success of a school and although they are made up of volunteers, governing bodies cannot afford to be amateur and must be held to account for their effectiveness.
Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities.
Structure of the Board of Governors
The board of governors meets as a full group and as two sub-committees. All dates for the academic year are set in advance.
Governors visit the school throughout the year attending assemblies, sitting on interview panels, assisting with various school trips and in school projects. In addition there is an annual Governor Day when governors are invited to visit the school for a day to see first-hand how various strategies are being implemented and how these help our children with their learning. It also provides an opportunity to meet our pupils have lunch with the children and talk with them in a classroom setting.
In the interests of transparency, our governance arrangements can be found here:
Contacting the GB
If you wish to make contact with the GB then please do so via the school office. The school will ensure messages are passed on and the Chair of Governors will respond to you within 5 working days. If it is an urgent matter regarding safeguarding then the Chair of Governors can be contacted directly via email on Chairofgovernors@maryexton.herts.sch.uk
Structure of the Board of Governors
|Michael Clarke||Chair (Co-Opted)|
|Katie Alfred||Vice-Chair (Parent)|
|Bernard Lovewell||LA Governor|
|Lianne Taylor||Associate - SENCo|
|Anne-Marie Day||Staff Governor|
|Becky O'Brien||Associate - Acting Deputy Headteacher|
|Alex Yates||Clerk to Governors|
Please look at our FAQ and contact the School Office for further details.
Types of Governor
- Staff Governors - Selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school. Do have voting rights.
- Parent Governors - Selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school. Do have voting rights.
- Co-opted Governors- Appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. Do have voting rights.
- Local Authority Governors- Appointed by the local authority. Do have voting rights.
- Associate Governors- Appointed by the Governing Board but hold no voting rights at Full Governing Board meetings. However, they do have voting rights at Committee level meetings. The Deputy Headteacher can vote in the Headteacher's absence.
Each term, the Governors produce a newsletter highlighting the work which has been carried out during the term. Please find these on the Newsletter page.