School governors are volunteers who help to ru the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘governing body’. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.
Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.
During my tenure as a Governor at Walker Primary School, I was very happy to see the full academisation and transfer to the Ivy Learning Trust. With this move, the school benefited greatly from new facilities, an entirely new refurbishment and of course, the new build of the school that secured future places and made pupils, teachers, and parents proud of sending their children to this school. Walker is an outstanding school and has been for some time. It was unacceptable that the school was in a dire state and children were learning from portable cabins. Now students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities at a state-of-the-art playground, courtesy of the academisation and the funding from the Department for Education.
I served just over one term as a governor at Walker Primary School And assisted not only in a governor role, but also assisted in pushing through the redevelopment at the council planning committee. Originally the intention was to refuse and to make the school pay an extra fee in order to progress the planning application. However, with my intervention, the school was able to save approximately 30,000 pounds in deferral fees, and the planning committee invited them to resubmit the application with some minor amendments. I am happy that the planning committee allowed us To make these modifications an without the extra fee.
Since my time as a Governor, the school leadership has changed But I still communicate with the school and the senior leadership in any issues that they have.