Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work we do.

Our main role is to support the headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (broken up into our Termly Action Plan (TAP) and the school’s Record of Self-Evaluation (RoSE). The TAP sets out our strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the RoSE is our own view of how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Our legal duties include:
setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
approving the school budget
reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

The Governing Board meets at least once every term. We have committees and working groups to look at particular issues (such as pay, performance management, buildings development).
There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Foundation governors (appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education or the local PCC), the Local Authority (LA), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however, they are appointed.
We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.
Our Governing Board meetings are usually held after school. We attend training sessions and conferences to help us keep up-to-date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.
If you wish to know more or are interested in becoming a governor in the future, please contact us care of the school office.

Please click on the links below to view information about St Matthews Governors.