Like all school governing boards, Vernon Primary School’s board has three main functions:
- we ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- we hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and
- we oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
The full board meets once a term to discuss formal business. We hold a second full meeting each term to address specific issues or find out more about a particular area of governance.
We also have a number of committees that consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Vernon Primary School we have a Finance Committee that looks at budget issues, a Teaching and Learning Committee which examines the curriculum and pupil progress, a Safeguarding Committee and a Building and Environment Committee which deals with school facilities and premises. We also have a Personnel Committee that’s responsible for staffing issues such as pay and performance.
Vernon’s Board of Governors is a committed team and attendance at meetings is excellent. But we go above and beyond our duty to turn up.
Members devote much of their spare time to the school attending events, observing classes, meeting with teachers and pupils and speaking with external inspectors to ensure the school keeps on track. We also undergo regular training in all aspects of school life from safeguarding to finance.