The governing body welcomes you to Mere School. We are an important part of the leadership and management of the school. We have a close working relationship with the Headteacher.
The Department for Education gives us three major functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction - ours is written below;
b. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Although each governor has their own role to play, we work as a team and have a collective responsibility for the decisions that are made about the school. At Mere School, governors are always available to listen to you. If you would like to discuss a matter with us or would like information about becoming a governor then please contact me or the school office.
Chair of Governors
What do we do?
We have meetings! We meet 7 times a year, as a body, to approve the longer term development planning of the school and to monitor the realisation of those plans in the day to day workings of the school and in the outcomes for students, parents, staff and the local community. We check that the school meets the requirements set by the Department for Education, the Local Authority and Health and Safety.
The Chair of Governors meets with the Headteacher weekly and there are other ad-hoc meetings as the need arises.
The main committees meet 6 times a year.
These are the Curriculum Committee, which reviews the school’s progress with the teaching and learning action plan and all matter to do with the content and delivery of the curriculum. This committee keeps a watching brief on assessment, homework and the outcomes for students in national assessments. The chair of this committee is Tony Rankin.
The Finance Committee, which monitors the school’s budget and the impact of the school’s use of Pupil Premium funding. The chair of this committee is Alan Gristwood.
The Behaviour and Safety (Premises) Committee, which reviews the school’s provision for the safety, in all senses, of the students. This committee looks at the physical aspects of the school and Health and Safety issues. The chair of this committee is John Littlewood.
Like the school, the governors work to an annual action plan, reviewing it at the end of the year and setting a new plan in place at the end of each school year.
- September 2016
The vision of the governing body of Mere School is that the school is:
a place where pupils are safe and they feel safe – emotionally, intellectually and physically.
a place where learning is the main purpose of all activity. Each pupil’s learning is supported and guided and pupils are encouraged to take a positive role in guiding their own learning. Parents are, likewise encouraged to take an active role in their children’s learning.
a place where pupils’ achievements both small and large are acknowledged. In the same way, pupils’ endeavour is celebrated. The highest standards of educational achievement are the goal for each and every pupil.
a place of opportunity for a wide variety of children where respect for one another is paramount.
a place where the opinions of pupils, parents, staff, governors and the local community are sought and contribute to the further development of the school.