The Snaith School Governing Body
What do school governors do?
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
Our governing body is currently made up of Graham Wragg (Chair), Celia Evans (Vice Chair), Lindsey Bellamy, Sheena Young, Martin Backhouse, Lynn Williamson, Lynn Devlin, James Mackay, Pamela Olbison, Janine Hinks, Andrew Coppin.
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board. The Snaith School demonstrated effective leadership and management in its latest Ofsted inspection.
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. In our school the school site is owned by the governing board. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
• set the aims and objectives for the school
• set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
• set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
• monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
• be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)
The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.
If you are interested in being considered to join the governing body at The Snaith School or wish to speak further to our governing body, this can be done by writing to Chair of Governors, The Snaith School, Pontefract Road, Snaith, DN14 9LB, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning Mrs L Brodigan, HR and Office Manager at school on 01405 860327.