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The Stanley Park High Governing Body
‘Training Governing Body of the Year’ – overall winner 2009
‘Best Trained Secondary Governing Body’ – 2008
The Governing Body of Stanley Park High is comprised of 18 governors including the Headteacher. There are 4 categories of governor laid down by Government regulation. These are, Parent Governors, elected from the parents of the school. Local Authority Governors, appointed by the London Borough of Sutton. Community Governors, these are co-opted by the other governors. Staff Governors, elected by the staff of the school. The normal term of office for Governors (except the Headteacher) is 4 years from the date of appointment.
The full Governing Body meets at least 3 at times each academic year, once per term. Many of the Governing Body’s responsibilities are delegated to committees who report back at the termly full Governing Body Meetings. These include the Standards Committee, Staffing Students and Curriculum (CUST) Committee and the Premises and Finance Committee.
Who can become a school governor?
All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed.
Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities.
At Stanley Park High we welcome new governors who have transferable skills developed at work, or who have a particularly good understanding of the community served by the school.
What do school governors do?
The Governing Body together with the Headteacher and Senior Leaders is responsible for the strategic development of the school, the management of the school’s budget and the appointment of senior staff.
What would be involved?
The Governing Body makes decisions based on the advice of committees that deal with specific issues like the school’s curriculum, premises or finances. If you become a governor, you will be asked to serve on a committee where you have an interest or can make a contribution. Training is provided on various topics and this also gives Governors an opportunity to meet fellow Governors from other schools.
Being a governor is a serious commitment, but it can be rewarding.