Governors at Tankersley St. Peter’s Primary School play a very important role in the strategic development of the school and in upholding its ethos as a church school. The Governing Body also takes responsibility for the appointment of all staff and is their direct employer. We liaise with the Diocese of Sheffield as well as with the Local Education Authority.
We are all representatives – either of the church, the diocese, parents, staff or the local authority. We serve for a fixed term, meeting regularly for formal business such as considering policies, implementing new legislation, accepting the headteacher’s report. Each of us is also assigned to one of two committees, either Personnel and Curriculum or Finance. These committees meet quite separately, although some issues arise at both.
There are also ad hoc committees which may meet to discuss a specific issue, such as school statistical information or shortlisting for an appointment. Some of us have individual responsibilities which take us into school to work with staff members. We also try to get involved in the special occasions, such as school concerts and performances, church services, educational visits – all the memorable events which mark a child’s progress through school.
Being a school governor is hard work and demands a lot of time. Training is given by Barnsley MBC and by the Diocese. No special skills are needed. We benefit from having a range of people with widely different talents and backgrounds. However, we all have one thing in common: we care deeply about Tankersley School.