New Marske Primary School Local School Board
Mrs Yvonne Joy
Chair of Governors
Welcome to the governor’s page for New Marske Primary School. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about ourselves, our roles and our aims.
In April 2018 we became part of the Galileo Academy Trust and under their direction became a Local School Board, formerly known as a Governing Body. We consist of twelve governors, all of whom bring different skills to New Marske Primary. This includes the Head Teacher, two parent, one staff, plus nine co-opted governors. Governors are volunteers who give their time and commitment to what we hope is a very rewarding role and experience. We are subject to an OFSTED inspection at the same time as the school and are rated in the same way that schools are.
To be effective in challenging and supporting the school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and our statutory responsibilities are met.
The following statements hopefully will give you a flavour of how we endeavour to do this.
The Local School Board …
- has the capacity to meet the schools needs
- is influential in supporting the Trust in determining the strategic direction of the school
- are rigorous in ensuring that pupils and staff are safe and discharge their statutory duties effectively
- are fully and systematically involved in evaluating the school
- their relationships with staff are constructive and governors show determination in challenging and supporting the school in tackling weaknesses and so bringing about necessary improvements.
- have clear systems for seeking views of parents and pupils and mechanisms for acting on.
As you can see there is a great deal expected of all governing committee which is why it is important that responsibilities are shared.
How do we achieve this?
The full Local School Board meets three times a year, once each term,
The majority of governors have an additional responsibility as a Link Governor and visit school during school hours, usually on a termly basis.
The following areas of responsibility for scrutinising the work of the School’s Senior Leadership Team have been delegated to the LSB by the Trustee Board.
- Behaviour and Attendance
- Safeguarding and Child Protection
- Health & Safety and Premises
- Special Educational Needs& disability(SEND), Looked After Children (LAC) & Pupil Premium.
- Financial Compliance and Value for Money
- Community Engagement
Where possible we join in with the fun events too which take place throughout the year, Christmas time being the most special.
I think the most important thing to mention is that we have very committed governors. We can all give varying degrees of our time due to work and family commitments but working as a team with everyone taking just a little bit extra responsibility makes us effective. Throughout we are supported by the Galileo Trust and Local Authorities Governor Support Service who is there to offer help, advice and training when we need it.
For more information about becoming a school governor please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.