Governors of Church Aided schools have always had more responsibilities than their counterparts in other county sectors but since the Education Reform Act, Parliament has given even more responsibility to school governing bodies and a range of powers to carry out those duties. Church Aided Schools vary from state schools in that they have no catchment areas, zones or boundaries and should the school have a full roll, the Governors have the authority to make decisions about admissions.
The role of the governing body at Gresford All Saints’ School is a partnership between Governors and the Headteacher. Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the school is run. Governors are appointed to help the Headteacher and staff of the school:
- Decide what is taught
- Set standards of behaviour
- Interview and select staff
- Decide how the school budget is spent
School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act together, as a governing body, they cannot act individually.
Foundation Governors are:
- Representatives of the Church appointed by St. Asaph Diocesan Education Committee.
Our chairman is Mr Robert Willis.
Representative Governors are:
- Local council representatives
- Community representatives, businessmen and women
- Have a child in school
- Are elected by parents of the school
- Serve, as do other Governors, for four years
Parent governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals, not as delegates or mouthpieces of the parents. They do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body and have equal voting rights.
What can parent governors be expected to do?
They can make sure that all communications with parents are both informative and easy to read, describe the activities in everyday language and avoid the use of jargon. Parent Governors should be aware of ways of encouraging parent interest and should be actively involved in drawing parents into the school.
If you would like to be a Parent Governor please ask the head teacher for details.