All State schools have a Governing Body whose membership is a balance of the interests of the Local Authority (appointed), the Parents (elected), the Staff (elected) and the local community (co-opted). In most cases, including Vernon, the Head Teacher is also a Governor.
The role of the Governors is to work in partnership with the school staff and leadership team to ensure that there is effective strategic management of the school and to help provide the children with a safe, stimulating and professional environment. It is not the Governor's role to deal with the day to day management of the school.
At Vernon we hold twice termly meetings of the Full Governing Body, although most of the detailed work is done in our four core committees (Building & Environment, Finance, Personnel and Teaching & Learning). In addition, ad hoc committees will be formed, as needed, to deal with particular issues as they arise.
Every aspect of school life has a formal link with a 'specialist' governor. Governors regularly attend training courses and liaise with colleagues from other schools in the area.
We are fortunate that we have never struggled to find diligent and dedicated people to perform this voluntary and unpaid responsibility, but we are always happy to hear from anyone who might be interested in becoming a member should a vacancy occur.
Chair of Governors