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.
I am very proud to be Chair of Governors at such a great school.
Although I have been a governor at two other schools in Heywood since the 1990s I only became a governor here in the 2011/12 academic year, but my involvement goes back at St Margaret's to 2003 when my granddaughter became a pupil.
Whilst the teaching staff are the public face of the school, the governors are working away quietly (sometime not so quietly) in the background ensuring that the staff have the right facilities to bring out the best in each and every pupil.
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 trips and educational visits.
We ensure that the finances are used so that we get the best value to benefit our pupil outcomes and the premises are fit for purpose and well maintained.
We ensure that staff have the training and equipment to do their job and that they can work in ways comfortable to their health and wellbeing
We ensure that pupils can get the help and individual attention that they need to get the best outcomes according to their abilities.
We ensure that the safeguarding rules and regulations for staff and pupils are always up to date and in place.
Because we are 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.
Governors are all volunteers who bring a wealth and variety of experience to their roles and then trainings are provided, free of charge, so they can fully understand and have the knowledge to make good decisions on the many and varied problems they are faced with at all times. This has been especially vital during the pandemic period when the school has faced unprecedented problems and challenges.
If there are 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.
I hope you will feel, as I do, that the school will do its best in all situations to provide a welcoming, safe and happy place for your child to grow and thrive fully in their primary school education at all times.
Dr Marian Corns
Mrs Maxine BeresfordHead Teacher
Mrs Maxine Beresford
Laura HeslinFoundation Diocesan Governor
Dr Marian CornsChair of Governors, Foundation PCC
Dr Marian Corns
Rev Sally RobinsonEx-Officio Governor
Rev Sally Robinson
Carole ShoreStaff Governor
Tracey RussellFoundation PCC
John ClaytonFoundation PCC
Rachel FloreyParent Governors
Sarah Hughes,Foundation PCC,
Samantha AndersonParent Governors
Terry ThorpeFoundation PCC
Governor Meeting Dates (2021-2022):
Wed 6th October
Wed 3rd Nov
Wed 26th January
Wed 29th June
Wed 24th November
Wed 23rd March
Wed 18th May