Being a Governor at The Grange
What is it like to be a governor at The Grange? The thing that springs immediately to mind is that I feel that I am part of a committed and inspiring team of staff and governors, all working to ensure that the children of our community have the best possible start in their lives; one that they will treasure and take with them to secondary school and into their adult lives.
There is of course, an official definition of a governor’s role and duties. The definition of our role is…..
Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff;
Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent.
….and all of that is vitally important. However, that all sounds a bit dry to be honest, and being a Grange governor brings so much more than those three directives could ever cover. I think that the main one is that we get the opportunity to work closely with not only Ms Boswell, but with many other members of staff. This ensures we are well briefed in school life, and gives us a real insight to what happens at The Grange. There is a culture of transparency between staff and governors; this is so important because at the end of the day, we are all working for the same thing – our pupils.
Our governors bring a wide range of experience from their professional and personal backgrounds. We are able to draw on each other’s skills and knowledge and I think it is fair to say, all of us have learnt and developed ourselves as individuals. We have a mixture of parents, past and present, and some of us are people who just want to make a difference and give something back to the community. We visit the school on a regular basis which is one of the best parts of the job. The Grange really has a special feel to it and reminds us governors of what we are part of. We are always made to feel so welcome by both staff and children; not always the case I hear from governor colleagues in other schools.
I have been a governor of The Grange for over ten years now. Yes, we do have to read a lot of documents, keep ourselves up to date with educational matters and fulfil our statutory obligations, but I honestly believe that being a governor at The Grange is an enriching and fulfilling role – just seeing the school full of happy, settled children and to know that I have been a small part of that is the biggest reward I could ask for.
Angela Badger, Chair of Governors