What Governors do

As a body we undertake many things and below you can see some of the key areas of responsibility:

  • Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and help set targets for school improvement
  • Monitor progress on school improvement
  • Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • Help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • Ensure the school’s accountability to the public for what it does
  • Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff

A key difference between the school leadership (headteacher and senior leadership team) and governing body is that, as a body, we don’t intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses that otherwise need action to correct. Governors are elected as and when vacancies arise so please check the website and newsletters regularly.

As a governing body we aim for the children at St Mary’s Junior School to:

  • Have high self-esteem, a sense of self-discipline and, whilst celebrating our Christian faith, respect for others religious
    views, moral values, ethnic backgrounds and ways of life
  • Have enquiring minds and be highly motivated learners
  • Develop caring, responsible and tolerant attitudes
  • Have high aspirations for themselves an all aspects of their lives
  • Be able to work independently and in co-operation with each other

In addition to attending governing body meetings, governors also represent areas within the school such as: the curriculum, state of repair of the school, finances and health and safety. Reports from these groups feed in to the wider governing body where they are discussed with other key topics such as the School Improvement Plan. We undertake regular training and attend school events such as fairs, open evenings, assemblies and parent/teacher consultations. Foundation governors provide a link with St Mary’s the Virgin Church where Christian values form part of everyday life in our school and where Christian distinctiveness in monitored and discussed. Governors also participate on school trips and regularly attend school which gives use opportunities to witness school life and experience key areas such as school ethos, behaviour and attitudes.

As a body we are currently working to establish a Parent Council with the aim to:

  • Give parents a voice in the school and find out what they think
  • Help parents get more involved in the school
  • Help parents help their child do well at school
  • Help the governing body find out what parents are thinking about the school and what changes and improvements they would like to see

We believe a parent council is a key initiative as it others:

  • A route through which parents as a group advise the governing body of their views
  • A route for the governing body to consult parents as a group
  • Bringing parents together socially
  • Enabling parents to share views and ideas
  • Providing support to parents
  • Helping parents to support their child
  • Enabling parents to get involved in the life of the school

For more information you can click the link to the Parent Council page on our website or contact the school office.

How to contact us

You can contact any of the governors in person via the school office or phone: 01462 892156 or email: admin@st-marysjm-baldock.herts.sch.uk