Welcome to the Governors’ area of our site.
Please see the table below for information on our Governing Body, including the names, categories, responsibilities, and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Governing Body of Monkwray Junior School
The governing body’s primary responsibility is to work at a strategic level, ensuring that our school’s mission and qualities are maintained, keeping the Head teacher and leadership team accountable, and reviewing the school’s financial performance. Governors also oversee the school’s budget, admissions criteria, and the hiring of senior leadership and other personnel.
Parent governors play an important role in governing boards because they have the unique perspective of a parent on the school. They have first hand experience on how the curriculum is delivered and how the school is seen from the perspective of ‘consumers’ through their children. This allows parent governors to contribute a fresh viewpoint to the school’s strategic planning.
The headteacher and a member of staff make up the staff governors (either teaching or non-teaching). Because the headteacher’s role is ‘ring-fenced’ (ex-officio), no one else can fill the vacancy if the headteacher chooses not to be a governor. Staff governors are representative staff members that offer and bring a different point of view and perspective to the table.
Local Authority Governors
Local authority (LA) governors are appointed to be a link between the LA and its schools. They must therefore be aware of any local priorities and the reasons behind these, but they cannot be instructed how to vote at meetings. Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.
A co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. A co-opted governor, may have an area of specialist knowledge or experience or bring a wide range of skills and experience to their role as a governor. A co-opted governor, acts in the best interests of the school and wider community and cannot be mandated to take a particular stance on issues.
Clerk to School Governors
The clerk to school governors takes minutes of governor meetings, helps to draft agendas, advises the board on legal and procedural issues and keeps records of membership, training and attendance.