As Governors we will work with staff and parents to help children enjoy their learning and achieve of their best in all aspects of school life. Our vision for our children is evidenced in the school statement, ‘Aspire, Believe, Achieve’.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Governing Body at St Matthias works in partnership with the Headteacher, the Diocesan Board of Education and the community of the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils. It has three key roles:
1. Working Strategically
Defining the school values, vision and aims, to discuss, agree and continually evaluate strategic plans and policies. To have an input into school development plans, to include curriculum development, which cover the school’s immediate future and show the longer term progress the school will make over the next three to five years.
2. Acting as a Critical Friend
Supporting the Headteacher and staff, as well as constructively challenging and building on their expectations to ensure the best possible outcomes for children are achieved.
3. Ensuring Accountability
Governors answer for their decisions and the school performance to key stakeholders- parents, carers, and staff. To achieve this they work closely with the Headteacher to ensure a cycle of continual improvement. Governors are individually linked with SDP priorities and undertake regular visits to school relating to their specific responsibilities
As Governors we work with staff and parents to help our children enjoy learning, achieve their potential and to secure the best possible outcomes for the children. We do this by:
Monitoring – how we set and maintain focus on our goals
School Self-Evaluation is an ongoing process which recognises school achievements / improvements and identifies next steps for development. Our self-evaluation is supported by regular monitoring and evidence trails, to include Raise-on-line and other relevant key performance indicators. This information is summarised in the School Self Evaluation (SSE) document which is updated on a termly basis.
From this, a three year School Development Plan (SDP) is put in place to capture our aspirations. The SDP identifies key areas for improvement and establishes a rolling programme of robust actions to fulfil the immediate and long term requirements of our pupils and other stakeholders, whilst maintaining the financial viability of the school. Governors and Senior Leaders work together in the creation of the SDP and the Headteacher, along with key staff and Senior Leaders, holds responsibility for fulfilling the priorities. The Headteacher reports termly to the FGB on progress towards targets and Governors’ visits allow them to evidence progress independently. Outcomes are used to inform future strategies and goals.
The SDP informs targets for staff. Teacher’s performance is managed robustly and is part of an ongoing assessment process, used as a basis for salary progression. A full analysis of teacher performance is discussed by the Pay Committee of the Governing Body in the autumn term. Non-teaching staff take part in an annual professional review to examine achievements and look at next steps in performance.