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:
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.
The board of governors conducts all their business through full governing board meetings where all dates for the academic year are set in advance.
The school Governing Board consists of three parent governors (one vacancy), one staff governor, the headteacher, five co-opted governors and a local authority governor. To maximise our effectiveness we have three associate members who do not hold any voting rights but bring a wealth of experience to our board.
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 (during the summer term) 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.
We are committed group of unpaid volunteers. Alongside undertaking specialist tasks as part of a working group and visiting the school, each governor also strives to attend all the governing board meetings throughout the academic year. In the interest of transparency, our governance arrangements, declarations of interest and our latest record of attendance can be found here:
|Kirstie Buckridge||Vice-Chair (Co-opted)|
|Diane Graham||Local Authority Governor|
|Jenny Morgan||Co-opted Governor|
|Julie Thiberg||Co-opted Governor|
|Lianne Taylor||Co-opted Governor|
|Anne-Marie Day||Staff Governor|
|Andrew Balchin||Interim Deputy Headteacher (associate member)|
|Abhishek Bagga||Parent Governor|
|Julia Reffell||Co-Opted Governor|
|Nicky Day||Associate Member|
|Alex Yates||Clerk to Governors|
Please look at our FAQ and contact the School Office for further details.
If you would like to speak to any of the Governors, please feel free to approach us at school events, or contact the school office. The school will ensure messages are passed on and the 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
If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the school office and our Governors will be in contact to discuss any vacancies and what set of skills you would be able to bring to the Governing Board.
For further information, please read the following document which contains frequently asked questions about the 'Role of the Governor'.