The Governing Body
Mangotsfield C.E. (VC) Primary School Governing Body
What is a Governing Body?
The Governing Body is a small group of motivated and capable volunteers that works in partnership with the Headteacher with a collective aim of promoting high standards of pupil achievement, and improving the overall performance of the school. Governing bodies are responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future.
Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the Full Governing Body which has legal duties and powers and all governors share in that corporate responsibility. The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff. The philosophy for running the school is a shared responsibility worked out by common consent.
Mangotsfield C of E Primary School Governing Body is made up of:
- The Head Teacher;
- 4 Foundation Governors appointed by the Church
- 6 Parent Governors (including carers) elected by other parents with children in the school
- 2 Local Authority Governors appointed by the LA
- A Teacher Governor elected by other teachers
- A Staff Governor elected by other non-teaching staff
- 2 Community Governors appointed by the Governing Body as representatives of the local community or for the contribution of specific expertise;
Governors have the responsibility for :
- Setting strategic direction, objectives, targets and policies
- Reviewing progress against the budget, plans and targets
- Approving the school budget
- Acting as a critical friend to the Head Teacher by providing support and challenge
- Appointing the Head Teacher and being active in recruitment of teaching staff
- Having clear views as to what makes the school distinctive as a Church of England school
In addition Foundation Governors have a particular requirement to promote and care for the school’s Christian character.
Did you know that…..
- School Governors have a legal responsibility to manage the school with a view to improve standards of educational achievement at the school
- Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country; there are approximately 350,000 school governor posts in England
- Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school or college governor. No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role.
- Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a family member attending a school or college to become a governor.
If you, or anyone you know is interested in becoming a school governor, please do call into the school office for more information.
Who are the Governors at Mangotsfield C.E. (VC) Primary School?
Parent Governors: Six parent governors (including carers) are elected by other parents at the school.
- Paul Moorhouse (Chair of Governors)
- Helen Barnett
- Helen Galliott
- Stewart Ashworth
- Rebecca Shinton
- Debb Hackett
Foundation Governors: Four foundation governors are appointed by the Bristol Diocese in conjunction with the Parochial Church Council of our link church St. James, Mangotsfield. The Vicar of St. James is always ex officio, but whilst there is a vacancy another Foundation Governor can be appointed.
- Doreen Bowell
- Roy Howe
- Rev. T . Taylor-St James Church
Staff Governors: Three staff governors are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school. In our school we have three staff governors; one is the Headteacher, one is a teacher and one is a member of the support staff.
- Head Teacher - Marion Borland
- Teacher – Role shared between Kirsty Croasdale & Vacancy
- Staff - Vacancy
Local Authority Governors: Two Local Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority.
- Jo Walker
- Pete Saunders
Community Governors: Two community governors are appointed by the Governing Body.
- Jim Phillips
- Lorraine Taylor
Clerk to the Governing Body
- Helen Brunning