The main duties and responsibilities of school governors are:
- Setting aims, objectives, targets and a strategic framework for the school and reviewing its progress towards attaining them;
- Monitoring and evaluating how well the policies and plans of the school are working;
- Accounting for the school and governing body’s performance;
- Working with the Head teacher to ensure that teaching within the school is effective and of good quality and that children achieve the highest possible standards;
- Taking general responsibility for the school and its budget;
- Acting as “critical friend” to the school by challenging and supporting the senior management team and by taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of the work of staff and pupils;
- Promoting the interests of the school and its pupils in the wider community.
- Head Teacher.
- Parent governors – elected by and from among parents of registered pupils at the school.
- Staff governors – elected by and from the staff at the school.
- Local Education Authority (LA)– appointed by the LA.
- Foundation governors (at voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and some foundation schools) –to preserve and develop the religious character of the school (if applicable) and to see that the trust deed is complied with.
- Co-opted Governor – appointed by members of the Governing Body who are not themselves co-opted. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.
Melsonby Methodist Primary School Governors believe that collaboration with other local schools is very important for our small school. We are always open to and looking for ways of collaborating for
a) Financial benefit
b) Educational opportunities
c) Social interaction and development
We are also open to the possibility of federation with another school or schools. This more formal collaborative arrangement allows schools to plan ahead together and benefit from the longer term security this would afford. Our intention is to investigate all possibilities of federation with schools of similar ethos and approach to Primary Education as that of our school.