About School Governors
Who are the School Governors?
The Governing Body is made up of members of the local community, parents, school staff including the Headteacher, and Local Authority appointees. A list of current Bullers Wood Governors is on this website.
What is the role of School Governors?
Our main role is to work with the Headteacher and staff to make Bullers Wood the best school it can possibly be. We know that Bullers Wood is already a very popular school with high standards (Ofsted in 2011 categorised it as “Outstanding”), and our aim is to build on these strengths to help make it an every better school for all its students.
Our role is primarily strategic: we are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school. In practice, this means we decide with the Headteacher and Leadership Team what we all want the school to achieve and set out a framework for getting there. This involves setting aims and objectives, agreeing policies, targets and priorities, and regularly monitoring and reviewing these aims and objectives to check they are being achieved.
We also act as a “critical friend” to the school. Many of the Governors have particular areas of expertise (finance, law, personnel etc) and can offer support and constructive advice when necessary. We can also question, seek information and make suggestions in order to help the school arrive at the best results.
In addition, we have a number of specific duties. These include appointing the Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers.
How do we fulfil this role?
Much of the detailed work of the Governors is carried out in committees on which typically four or five Governors sit. These include the Achievement & Curriculum Committee, Buildings, Health & Safety Committee, Finance & Audit Committee and Pupils, Parents & Community Committee. These Committees meet at least once per term. The full Governing Body also meets at least once per term in order to discuss and ratify (or not) the decisions of the Committees and to decide on other key issues.
To fulfil this role, Governors need to have a good understanding of school life; our recent Governors’ Day, when we spent a whole day in school sitting in on lessons and talking to students and staff helped immensely in this regard.
If you would like more information about school governors, please consult http://www.governornet.co.uk. For more information about Bullers Wood School Governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governors at Bullers Wood School.
The Chair of the Governors is Sue Simons. Both the Chair of Governors and the Clerk can be contacted via e-mail to: KHarris@bwsgirls.org.
Or writing to:
The Clerk to the Governors
c/o Bullers Wood School
St. Nicolas Lane