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North Star Alliance

St Peter’s are very proud to be members of North Star and Polaris Teaching School Alliances. North Star and Polaris formed a unique partnership in 2016 to support school improvement across North Yorkshire and work with around 70 primary schools in the region. Our collective aim is to improve outcomes for all children through a self-sustaining, dynamic system of school improvement and support across North Yorkshire and beyond. '

The Governing Body

Governors Vision Statement

As Governors of St Peter's Brafferton, we will work in partnership with staff and parents striving to provide outstanding leadership, strategic direction and a strong sense of Christian ethos, to create a safe and stimulating place for all children to learn and reach their full potential.

 

About the governors

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Head Teacher and deputy Head Teacher. It is the governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is the governors who work with the Head Teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher (a critical friend)

Volunteering to be a School Governor takes a very committed person who brings with them a wide range of knowledge and skills that should enhance the leadership process of the school. High levels of leadership, data skills, finance skills and project management skills are some of the skills that are needed on the Governing Board. Also, it is the ability to build partnerships and relationships with all interested parties, including Head Teachers, chairs of governors, clerks, governors staff, parents and children and current and future suppliers of governance support services, that is seen as a central skill that makes governing bodies highly successful. However, it’s the time that can be offered  to spend coming onto school, getting to know the children, staff and processes that is the baseline skill for any School Governor.

All school governors have to follow a robust application process and are appointed through the Dioceses, if the school is a church school or can be appointed by the  Local Authority, or can be co-opted on to the board (appointed by the governing body) and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

 

St Peter's Governing Body

  • Foundation Governors  (7)
    Appointed by the Dioceses of York. Main role is along with the other members of the Governing Body,  is to ensure that the Christian ethos and character of the school is secured, preserved and developed. 
  • Local Authority Governors (1)
    Appointed by the Local Authority
  • Parent Governors (2)
    Appointed by the Parents of the school and who are parents of the school
  • Staff Governors (2)
    Appointed by the staff of the school and who are staff within the school
  • Associate Governors (0 at present)
    Appointed by the Governing body, based on the skills and experience they have to offer. They do not have voting rights.

The Head Teacher of the St Peters is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management support and advice, and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the Head Teacher and other members of staff. It is the Head Teacher’s responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board. All of whom work in partnership, to provide the best possibly education for our children.

Click here to view our Governors' Register of Interests

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