The school operates with a very effective Governing Body which consists of twelve Governors and one Associate Member. All positions continue to be filled by very ambitious parents, school representatives and members of the community. We are very fortunate that the current Chair of Governors has been connected with the school as a Governor for over 26 years and gives a great deal of his own time to help and support the school achieve its aim and aspirations. He mentors our Buddies, giving them guidance with their role and he is a well known figure throughout school. Equally the Vice Chair has been a Governor for many years and is also extremely supportive, taking on the role of link Governor for training issues.
The Governing Body is made up of:
•Three Community Representatives
•Two Local Authority
•Three School representatives of which one is the Head Teacher and
•One Associate Member
Governors take their role very seriously and meet at least twice a term to discuss progress against their Development Plan which is linked to the School Development Plan. A key focus is pupil progress and they use data produced by the Head Teacher and staff to allow them to make informed decisions on how best they can make a contribution. Due to the varied spread of expertise and commitment, Governors were recognised by Ofsted as outstanding and good during recent inspections.
Understanding our children, Governors co-opted an Associate Member onto the Governing Body to advise on SEN issues which has been a tremendous help over the years. The SEN provision within school is outstanding and Governors take a great interest into the practical ways in which Pupil Premium is allocated and used.
During regular monitoring visits by Governors, all aspects of the school curriculum is observed and reported to the full Governing Body during the regular meetings. Key to this is the policies and procedures adopted which gives Governors the opportunity to challenge areas such as safeguarding and children’s’ behaviour. Health and Safety is also seen as an important aspect and the Governors make six monthly checks to ensure a safe environment is available for all children and staff.
During the conversion to Primary, Governors challenged the Local Authority on issues such as the lack of Sports facilities, and very poor hall provision. This resulted in positive moves to open up the field area to accommodate an additional building which also allows increased useable grassed areas for children to enjoy. The school hall was also extended during 2013 which has enhanced the already excellent provision of education for our children.
Governors have high expectation for the children and keep themselves well informed throughout the year of progress and achievements and take every opportunity to mix with the children and parents to gain their views of school life. As with all schools, financial constraints can often affect how a school delivers its education but here at Bedlington Station Primary School Governors scrutinise and monitor the budget and will always endeavour to support developments and curriculum opportunities recommended by the Head Teacher. In line with this Governors encourage staff and Governors to continually update themselves on recent changes to ensure we continue to offer outstanding education for the community in which we live.
Governor Development Plan
As explained earlier, Governors operate with a Governor Development Plan which considers priorities from the School Development Plan and in conjunction with the Head Teacher look at how Governors can assist in achieving the aims and objectives of the school.