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 (Mrs Rachel Florey)can be contacted via the school email:
Letters for her should be addressed to:
Hello, my name is Mrs Rachel Florey and I have the pleasure of being the Chair of Governors here at St Margaret’s C.E. Primary School, representing our well-established and devoted Governing Body.
My two daughters currently attend St Margarets and I was first elected as a Parent Governor in 2019. I have first-hand experience of this warm, welcoming and happy school where children come to grow and thrive.
During my time as a Governor, I have gained an insight into the dedication, passion and determination of the leadership, teaching and support staff at the school.
Who are our Governors and what do we do?
Our Governing Body is made up of volunteers who bring years of knowledge, experience and a commitment to help bring out the best in each and every pupil.
We hold regular meetings to discuss and evaluate pupil achievements and outcomes and to ensure staff have the relevant facilities and resources they need for our pupils.
We use results of Pupil, Parent and Staff Voice at our meetings, where relevant, to ensure we are always making informed decisions. We also regularly attend training sessions to provide us with the knowledge and skills required to make good decisions on the varied challenges we are faced with.
Governors find time to visit the school throughout the year and always come away impressed. We receive regular reports from the leadership at school, sharing all of the marvellous things that are happening in and around the school.
We ensure that all the necessary policies are in place to improve the wellbeing and safety of staff and pupils including such times as they are off premises on exciting trips or enriching educational visits. The health and wellbeing of the staff and pupils is very important to us.
We ensure the school finances are utilised to support our key priorities and to benefit our pupils, whilst also ensuring the school premises are fit for purpose, well-maintained and remain a warm, welcoming and safe environment for our pupils.
We ensure that the safeguarding rules and regulations for staff and pupils are always up to date and in place.
We believe in supporting our pupils to achieve the best outcomes, providing them with individual support and attention whilst recognising that all pupils and their abilities are unique.
As St Margaret’s is a Voluntary Aided school, which has a strong Christian basis, we are answerable to both the Anglican Diocese of Manchester through the SIAMS inspections and to the Local Authority/Government through the OFSTED inspections. Our results are either Good or Outstanding in these cases.
If you have any questions or issues you wish to raise about the governance of the school, please contact me via the school office and I will be happy to help.
Rachel FloreyChair of Governors
Laura HeslinFoundation Diocesan Governor
Mrs Maxine BeresfordHead Teacher
Mrs Maxine Beresford
Dr Marian CornsFoundation PCC
Dr Marian Corns
Rev Sally RobinsonEx-Officio Governor
Rev Sally Robinson
Carole ShoreStaff Governor
Tracey RussellFoundation PCC
John ClaytonFoundation PCC
Sarah Hughes,Foundation PCC,
Terry ThorpeFoundation PCC
Governor Meeting Dates (2022-2023:
6th March 2024 5:00
12th June 2024 5:00
10th Jan 2024 4:30
24th April 2024 4:30
27th Match 2024 4:30
15th May 2024 4:30