Barton St Peter’s Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is a well-informed, committed group of volunteers who work as a team to support the school and further its aims. Our mission is to ensure that all children attending Barton St Peter’s are given the opportunities to develop and grow in a safe, caring, Christian and stimulating learning environment.
We are entrusted to develop and maintain a high standard of teaching across the school by setting challenging aims and objectives. We also monitor the progression of pupils to safeguard against failure. We achieve this through an active involvement in the daily life of the school and by working closely with the school’s senior management team.
We meet termly, in school, as a Full Governing Board. Additionally we have a number of sub committees, who look in more depth at matters of Finance, Personnel, Health & Safety and School Improvement. These committees feed back, to the Full Governing body, via their minutes, where they can be discussed further. Additionally, the sub committees can have tasks delegated to them by the Governing Body.
The Board of Governors has important powers and duties with a focus on helping to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that our pupils learn more effectively and achieve the highest standards. By setting challenging and aspirational targets and objectives for the school, we are then able to request evidence that objectives are being achieved by asking ‘searching’ questions of the head and senior management team.
The Board of Governors works as a whole, without individual agendas.
In all our work, the Board of Governors focuses on the key issues of:
Promoting effective teaching and learning
Raising standards of achievement.
Maintaining high expectations
The main duty and responsibilities of a Governor are to:
- Know and support the aims of the school, its mission statement and ensure that these are achieved.
- Determine the overall direction and development of the school through good governance and clear strategic planning.
- Promote and develop the school in order for it to grow and maintain relevance in society.
- Ensure that the school and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the Code of Practice.
- Act in the best interest of the school, its beneficiaries and future beneficiaries.
- Maintain sound financial management of the school’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with its objectives and investment activities meet accepted standards and policies.
- Interview, appoint and monitor the work and activities of all staff.
- Maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information received in the course of Governors responsibilities to the school, and to accord with the Conflicts of Interest policy.
- Contribute relevant/appropriate expertise to the discussions of the Governing Body.
The degree of commitment required of a Governor is to:
- Attend as many meetings and school events as possible.
- Be prepared to put in sufficient time to visit the school periodically during working hours, and to study reports and background papers.
- Attend training courses to develop knowledge of issues relating to the Governors role.
Our actions are rooted in the best interests of the school and its pupils. We are always prepared to explain our decisions openly and honestly to staff, parents, pupils and government.