Welcome From Chair
Welcome to the Governors’ area of the website. The role of school governor is extremely challenging, and our Governing Body divides its activities between a number of ‘Working Groups’ which meet at least once per term (in addition to meetings of the full governing body) to consider aspects such as the curriculum, finance, staffing, premises and so on.
All of our governors have attended training courses to enable them to both understand the general role and to develop a better understanding of some of the more detailed aspects of their particular areas of activity within these sub-groups.
As you will see from the description of the governing body’s legal obligations, our corporate role is far-reaching and laid down by statute. You may be surprised at the aspects of the school for which the governing body is at least partly responsible, but at MJS we feel strongly that in addition to our ‘oversight’ function we should actively provide support and, where appropriate, constructive criticism to help the school move forward.
We feel this can best be achieved by individual governors being closely involved with the school, and consequently you will frequently find governors in school during lesson times, meeting with members of teaching staff, involved in after-school activities or accompanying school trips.
Since the majority of governors come from outside of the education system, this helps to promote a better understanding of the considerable challenges faced by the management, staff and the children themselves.
Each of the governors at Marchwood Junior School is proud to be associated with the staff and pupils whose ethos continues to maintain the highest standards in all aspects of school life.
Each of us may be contacted at any time via the school, and we are always happy to hear from present or prospective parents with your queries or comments.
Chair of Governors
Governors - Powers and Duties
The governing bodies of community schools are corporate bodies.
A corporate body has a legal identity separate from that of its members.
As the governing body has a separate legal identity, it is generally the governing body rather than individual governors which is legally responsible for the acts of the governors.
Parliament has given a range of duties and powers to governing bodies under the Education Acts. In a school like ours with a delegated budget they include the following:
- conducting the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement;
- setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement;
- taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school - in practice this should include how in broad strategic terms it should be run;
- managing the school’s budget;
- making sure that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based and in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and reporting on National Curriculum assessments and examination results;
- determining the staff complement and a pay policy for the school;
- participating in the appointment of the head and deputy head teacher and other staff and regulating staff conduct and discipline;
- establishing, following consultation with all staff, and reviewing annually a performance management policy for staff appraisal; and
- drawing up an action plan after an inspection.
In a school of our size, the governing body should comprise:
- 5 or 6 parents
- 3 or 4 people appointed from the community
- 3 or 4 people appointed by the LEA
- the head (unless he or she chooses not to be a governor)
- 2 or 3 staff
Partly because we have quite a large number of smaller ‘working groups’, we have opted for the larger complement of governors.
Structure of the Governing body