New Marske Primary School

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New Marske Primary School Governing Body

Welcome to the governors 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.

We are:
A Governing Body who has nineteen governors, all of whom bring different skills to New Marske Primary. This consists of six parent, five community, four Local Authority and four staff 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.

Our aim:
To be an effective governing body 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 Governing Body...
  • has the capacity to meet the schools needs
  • is influential 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
  • relationships with staff are constructive and governors show determination in challenging and supporting the school in tackling weaknesses and so bringing about necessary improvements.
  • 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 bodies which is why it is important that responsibilities are shared.

How do we achieve this?
The full Governing Body meets three times a year, once each term, but we also have two sub committees which both meet every half term.
These are:
The Resources Committee which deals mainly with finance, (budget setting, approval, planning and monitoring), health and safety, safeguarding, premises maintenance, appointments/ staffing and performance management.

The Curriculum and Standards Committee which deals with monitoring and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan, pupils progress and attainment, curriculum related policies and standards, target setting and extended services provision.

We also have core subject link governors. These are governors who have taken on extra responsibility and visit school during school hours. They meet with the school core subject co-ordinators, observe lessons related to their particular core subject and report back to the Full Governing Body each term.

There are a number of other committees but these only meet if required.

We have responsibility for the parental questionnaire sent out in the Spring term; we attend parents evenings to meet and greet parents and are involved with the whole school evaluation day where the school improvement plan is agreed. Where possible we join in with the fun events too which take place throughout the year, Christmas time being the most special.

We are lucky to have an excellent PT&FA and indeed a number of our parent governors are active members with others helping out on the day.

I think the most important thing to mention is that we have a very committed governing body. 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 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.

Governors Name Type of Governor Committee
Cllr N. Cooney LA Governor Resources
Mr B. Kirk LA Governor Resources
Mr T. Jackson LA Governor Resources
Mr M. Bateman LA Governor Resources
Mrs A. Birt Parent Governor Curriculum
and Standards
Mrs A. Harrison
Safeguarding Governor
Parent Governor Curriculum
and Standards
Mrs T. Piggins (Vice Chair) Parent Governor Resources
Mrs. R. Cook Parent Governor
Mrs S. Clifford Parent Governor unattached
Miss S. Hill
(Deputy Headteacher)
Staff Governor Curriculum
and Standards
Miss K. Allen Staff Governor Resources
Mrs M. Rafferty
(School Business Manager)
Staff Governor Resources
Mrs Y. Joy (Chair)
Child Protection Governor
Community Governor Resources
and Standards
Mrs. E. Bateman Community Governor
Mrs J. Gotts Community Governor Resources
and Standards
Mrs. M. Bullen Community Governor
Mr M. Gershman Clerk