Introducing Priory Local Governing Board
With the change of status of Priory School to become an academy as part of the Bohunt Educational Trust, the role of school governors has changed quite a bit. Much of the policy-making for the school, the appointment of the head teacher, and financial oversight is now the responsibility of the Trust Board, and the local governing boards work in partnership with the Trust Board.
However as the Priory Local Governing Board (as we’re now called) we have considerable responsibility still for providing oversight of the School Improvement Plan, and the Headteacher provides regular reports to Governors to demonstrate progress and highlight challenges.
As governors, we have been particularly keen to encourage more communication and engagement with parents, and for the school to seek regular feedback from staff, parents and students about their experiences of school life. Our new Headteacher, Stewart Vaughan, has been actively building on previous work in the school to develop this, and we want to see this continue.
At the beginning of this academic year, we decided to have a reduced number of governors and to have what’s called a ‘single tier’ structure. So we no longer have governor sub-committees. Instead, we all meet three times a term and consider all the agenda items together. Each governor now has a Link Role which connects with an aspect of the School Improvement Plan – this means that as governors we can be better equipped to hold the school and the Headteacher accountable for the School Improvement Plan, and to contribute our views to the Trust Board.