THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY
The responsibilities of the governing body are defined by legislation. The DCSF Governor's Guide to the Law addresses governors' responsibilities in detail. However, simply the governing body has three main roles:
1. Strategic -The governing body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best
develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.
2. Critical Friend - A governing body should work with the Head teacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges face in managing a school.
3. Accountability - A school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The governing body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the learners. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school. The governing body is answerable to parents, the wider community and the local authority.
School governors are drawn from different parts of the community, such as: the church community, parents, the staff, the local authority (LA), the community and other groups. This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category "represent" that group on the governing body. Although elected by parents, parent governors are not mandated to express any views apart from their own. They are ‘representative parents’ not ‘representatives of parents’.
The Chair of Governors (Dr Marian Corns)can be contacted via the school.
Letters for her should be addressed to:
Hello, my name is Dr Marian Corns and I am Chair of your school’s Governing Body.
Whilst I have been a school governor for over 20 years at two other schools in Heywood, I have only been a governor at St. Margaret's since 2012.
However I have been closely connected with the school since my granddaughter attended from 2003. I have seen the school transform itself during that time into the very successful place it is today. It has excellent results from both the latest religious and academic inspections.
I look forward to this progress continuing.
I can be contacted via the school if you need any information at any time viaGovernors@stmargaretsce.rochdale.sch.uk
Thank you. Dr Marian Corns
Governor Meeting Dates (2020-2021):
(All 6:00pm at St Margaret’s unless stated otherwise)
Full Governor Meeting
- Wednesday 7th Oct
- Wednesday 3rd March
- Wednesday 16th June
- Currently these meetings will be held via a Zoom invite.