Our role at Wimborne Schools'
In common with Governors at any school, the Governors of Wimborne Schools' have considerable responsibilities. Governors don’t exercise them as individuals but work as part of a Governing Board - a corporate team. We do not manage schools - this is the role of the headteacher and senior management team, but we do have responsibility to oversee the development of the school - our main aim being to always provide a high standard of education for all pupils, of all abilities.
The Governing Board has three main roles:-
The Governing Board sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives. Strategic thinking is not always linked with the curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.
A Governing Board should work with the Headteacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing a school. The governing Board should feel able to question and challenge. In a good working relationship this will be accepted and seen to be positive. In a poor relationship it will be the cause of conflict. Real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.
A school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The overning Board must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the learners. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school. The governing Board is answerable to parents and the wider community.
The Governing Board has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This gives rise to a wide range of specific responsibilities which in turn require the governing Board to establish a range of procedures.
If you have any comments, questions, concerns or feedback for the Governing Board, please do not hesitate to contact me via the School Office.
Louise Halford (Chair)