Churchfields Academy wants to be “Inspiring and Creating Futures for All”. As Governors of the Academy, it is our responsibility to make sure this vision comes true. We make sure everything done in the school is designed to help it happen.
- Ensure the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school is clear and is being achieved
- Work with the headteacher to continually improve the performance of the Academy, its staff and its pupils
- Oversee the financial management of the academy to make sure money is spent in the best way
There are a wide range of activities we take part in to help us with these responsibilities. In addition to participating in regular committee meetings, we visit classrooms, liaise with different faculties and meet with staff, students and parents/carers. We are also often present when the Academy is holding events for students or parents/carers.
We strongly believe that creating a diverse team of people from a wide variety of backgrounds will help us achieve our goals better. Whether governors are parents, from local community groups, from business, or even from other educational bodies, we want as wide a range of different skills and experience as we can find.
All Directors work on a voluntary basis. There are at least six formal meetings of the full board each year. There are a small number of other committees that look at particular subjects in more detail and then report back or recommend to the Board. These too, tend to meet six times a year. Typically, we commit to giving 20 hours (there are always opportunities to give more time) or more a year and to being able to attend meetings in the evening.
We would love to hear from you if you think you might be interested in finding our more about the role of a governor. For more information about the role of a school governor, contact the Board Secretary, Liz Austin, or visit the National Governors Association web site – http://www.nga.org.uk.