Governor’s welcome October 2018
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Friends,
As the Co-Chairs of Governors, we are proud to be part of a team of people that make up the Governing Body. Many of the Governors are parents of children who live close to the St Mark’s and members of our wider community. We are joined by other governors who bring expertise across a range of areas to enhance the skills of the governing body. What we all share is a pride in our school, the surrounding area and a commitment to our role in providing support and guidance to the school.
The overall purpose of the Governing Body is to help St Mark’s provide the best possible education for all the pupils to develop every child’s full potential.
About Our Governors
The Governors work closely with our Headteacher, Sophie Liardet, and the Senior Management Team to ensure that pupils enjoy a positive, high quality educational experience during their time at St Mark’s.
The responsibilities and functions of Governors, like education, go through continual change. In January 2017, the Department of Education published a new Governance Handbook, setting out core functions of Governors. They are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance
of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management
of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making
sure its money is well spent.
We will strive to meet these responsibilities, while working to maintain the strong sense of community that runs through St Mark’s.
The governing body currently comprises 12 Governors, including the Headteacher. An individual’s term of office is for four years, after which time they must seek re-appointment. Current governors are listed below.
Following a recent resignation due to a Governor moving out of the area, we needed to recruit a new Parent Governor. There were several applications which necessitated an election and Tom Marsden was duly elected. We welcome him onto the Governing Body and look forward to working with him, and thank the other parents who put themselves forward for election.
The Role of Governors
Governors bring many skills and experiences to their role in supporting, promoting and protecting the interests of the school, its pupils and its staff. They are an important link between the school and its local community. Decisions taken by the Governors are based upon the advice of committees who deal with specific issues and then report back to the Full Governing Body with their recommendations.
All Governors sit on the Full Governing Body, as well as being active in one of two sub-committees:
- Resources Committee – incorporating finance, site and personnel
- Teaching & Learning Committee
Co – Chairs of Governors – David Bone and Sue Butcher
Vice Chair of Governors – Claire George
Clerk – Alan O’Neill
|Resources Committee||Teaching & Learning Committee|
|Katy Allsop-Elliott – Chair||David Bone – Chair|
|Lis Bull||Sue Butcher|
|Kate O’Brien||Shona Macleod|
|Andrew Bergbaum||Catherine Henderson|
|Peter Hutchison||Keryn Hall|
|Sophie Liardet||Claire George|
The Governing Body meet formally at least once per term; minutes of meetings are published on the school website. We are involved in all aspects of school life and regularly visit the school to observe the school and children at work.
As each Governor’s four year term of office comes to an end, we have a steady, rolling requirement to recruit new governors. It is a rewarding and interesting role, if not slightly daunting at times, providing prospective members with the opportunity to contribute to improving standards in our school. You will also be able to develop new skills and have opportunities for personal development. If you’re interested, please do get in touch.
You can contact us or any of the governors via the School Office. If you have any questions or would like to put yourself forward as a Governor, please do get in touch with us.
We look forward to meeting you.
David Bone and Sue Butcher
Co – Chairs of Governors
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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