Welcome to the Croughton All Saints CE Primary School Board of Governors

On behalf of the governors, a very warm welcome to the school on behalf of the Board of Governors. Governors are proud of our school and work to ensure that all children passing through it become the best that they can be in all aspects of their lives. 

All our efforts are directed towards holding the school to account to ensure that a safe and caring environment is provided where children are encouraged and challenged to reach their full potential.

The governors meet at least once a term as a full Board of Governors to discuss school strategy and policies. There are three subcommittees – Finance, Premises (and Personnel); Standards & Monitoring and Ethos. Each of the subcommittees meet at least once a term on the basis of need and report to the full governors meeting. Individual governors also hold roles of responsibility including areas such as safeguarding, health and safety etc. Additionally, many governors enjoy coming into school on a regular basis and involve themselves in the day- to- day life of the school.

Mark Stapleton

Chair of Governors

Governors are appointed to provide:

– strong links between the school, parents and the community 

– a wide experience of the outside world 

– an independent view 

– a visible form of accountability for the Headteacher and staff of the school 

– a team focusing on long term development and improvement 

– accountability to the parents and the community for the use of resources and standards of teaching and learning in the school support for the Headteacher and staff.

– school improvement plan

– Headteacher performance management

– school profile 

– staff appointments 

– the financial management of the school 

– pupil discipline 

– the curriculum 

– the training of governors 

– community links.

– has an operational manager (the Headteacher) who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school

– agrees policies and practice which allows the Headteacher the necessary tools to carry out his/her responsibilities

– agrees principles and targets for improvement

– reviews long-term resourcing needs

– supports and challenges the Headteacher

– receives and discusses reports on the resulting practice and conduct of the school

– reviews its own working practices, including using self-evaluation forms.

The Governing Board has three main functions:

– Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

– Holding the senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

– Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Effective governing boards are prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously. This means that they must have:

– the right people round the table

– an understanding of their role and responsibilities

– a good Headteacher

– professional clerking

– good relationships based on trust

– a knowledge of the school – the data, the staff, the children, the parents, and the community

– a commitment to asking challenging questions

– the confidence to have courageous conversations in the interests of the children and young people