What we do
Together we oversee, challenge, support and act as a critical friend to the Head Teacher, Paula Bliss and her team, as we plan the future direction and strategic vision of the school, that will serve the best interests of our current and future children. We do this by:
- Thinking and working strategically to help raise standards of education and care
- Supporting and challenging the Headteacher and staff
- Monitoring and evaluating progress towards priority targets
- Ensuring accountability to all stakeholders
The Full Governing Body meets once a term. Governors also each serve on one of the following committees which meet once or twice a term:
- Resources and Finance
Individual governors also have responsibility for Child Protection/Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Health and Safety and links with the Diocese and Babcock for training. Additionally, governors are involved in various Working Parties as and when the need arises.
Becoming a Governor
At St John’s our governors are nominated by the Diocese of Guildford, the local PCC, teaching staff and parents. They serve a term of 4 years, although they can continue for subsequent terms. It is a voluntary role and we endeavour to recruit volunteers with skills that will enable the school to achieve its priority targets.
As St John’s is a voluntary aided school; at least half of the governors must be Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are representative of the Church of England, and are the school’s link with parishes, deaneries and the diocese.
Parent Governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals. They do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body and have voting rights.