Somerset Bridge Primary School currently has nine Governors who are all unpaid volunteers. We are elected every four years and our members represent different areas of the school community. We have Parent Governors, who are elected by the parents of children attending the school; Staff Governors, one of whom must be the Headteacher; Community Governors who are appointed for the skills they bring and Local Authority Governors, who are appointed by local government. All Governors have equal status regardless of how they are appointed. We publish an annual report for parents which sets out how well the school is doing in terms of educational progress, what we will be focusing on over the coming months and the targets we aim to attain moving forward.
The thoughts and opinions of parents are very welcome, so please speak to the Parent Governors if you have any concerns or ideas to help us improve what we do. We also have two sub-committees - on Education/Welfare and Business - which meet termly.
The main role of the Governing Body is to support and monitor the running of the school at a strategic level. We work closely with the Headteacher in making long-term decisions on the direction and performance of the school. We look at every aspect of school life such as attainment, budgets, curriculum, staffing, buildings, uniform, attendance and behaviour. We set the school policies and decide how and where money will be spent. The most important job by far, however, is ensuring that the children that come to Somerset Bridge receive the very best education, surpass the targets set for them and do so in an environment where they feel safe, valued and inspired to be the best they can be.
The Headteacher is responsible for the leadership and management of the school on a day-to-day basis; the Governing Body will support and advise where appropriate and hold the Head to account for the decisions he makes. We must ensure that the school operates within the rules set out by Government and the Local Authority, lives up to our school aims whilst constantly striving to achieve the very best standards possible.
If you have any thoughts or views on the governance of our school, please let us know. Your opinions are very important to us. You can contact us through the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01278 422100 or email JSwayne@educ.somerset.gov.uk