Governance at St Mark’s CofE Primary Academy
Governance within REAch2 is provided through a multi-tiered structure. Within that, it is the REAch2 Trust Board that is ultimately responsible and accountable to the Department for Education for all their academies and the communities they serve. They delegate governance to Regional Boards and individual academy Local Governing Body’s (LGBs). In addition, as a Church of England academy and part of the Southwark Diocese, a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) exists between REAch2 and the Southwark Board of Education. See links below for further information
What do Governors do?
The three core functions. as defined within the Department for Education Governance Handbook, (January 2017), states that Board of Governors are responsible for:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Local Governing Body
We are a team of committed volunteers with differing backgrounds, skills and stakeholder interests. We work from our REAch2 Term of Reference and MoU. We act as one body, are involved with strategic management and ensure the Christian distinctiveness of the academy is maintained. However, we do not become involved with the day to day, operational running of the academy, as this is for the Headteacher and senior leadership team.
We look at what the academy provides for our children by monitoring the improvement plan, asking questions and seeking answers from our Headteacher and senior leaders besides ensuring our Christian characteristics are maintained. We oversee the financial health of the school within the LGB delegated duties. We also provide an important link between the community, academy, region, trust and diocese.
Some governors take on a specific (LINK) role. This provides an opportunity to effectively distribute some of our work, enabling governors to focus on specific areas and report their findings back to the LGB. A “Faith group” has been established to monitor our Christian Distinction and a “Parent and a Friends of St Mark’s group” set up with the academy to help information gathering and sharing. Valuable relationships with the staff, parents and pupils are developed over time, with governors seeing first-hand the policies and actions of governance direction from all levels.
Full LGB meetings are held every half term and, when needed, governors form small working groups or provide governor panels. We seek views from all stakeholders; pupils, parents and staff, make visits to see the academy in action and monitor policies.
Local Governing Body structure
Incumbent Foundation Governor – ex-officio
4 Governors -Trust and Diocese appointed (at least 50% are Foundation).
2 Staff Governors, appointed by staff
2 Parent governors, appointed by parents
Up to 3 Co-Opted Governors, optional positions, appointed by LGB
A Governor’s term of office is for 4 years, apart from the Ex-officio roles which come with the position held ie Headtacher, Incumbent.
All governors, in compliance with our safeguarding policy, have an enhanced DBS (Data and Barring Service) check. Please see the Declaration of Interest document below for all the details of current St Mark’s Governors.
If you are interested in becoming a governor and wish to know more or wish to contact us, please leave a message with the school or e-mail, Fiona George at firstname.lastname@example.org .
LINKS TO ASSOCIATED GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS