Introducing Priory Local Governing Board
Priory School is an academy as part of the Bohunt Educational Trust so much of the policy-making for the school, the appointment of the Headteacher, and financial oversight is now the responsibility of the Trust Board.
However, as the Priory Local Governing Board, we have considerable responsibility for providing oversight of the School Improvement Plan and the school budget. 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 Headteacher, Stewart Vaughan, has been actively building on previous work in the school to develop this, and we want to see this continue.
The Priory Local Board has a ‘single tier’ structure – that is no governor sub-committees. Instead, we all meet twice a term and consider all the agenda items together. As well as our meetings we undertake individual governor visits and group visits during the school working day to gain a deeper understanding of areas of particular interest or concern.
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 this, and to contribute our views to the Trust Board.