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Welcome to the Governors’ Section of our website

Gastrells Governors are 15 dedicated individuals who are responsible for the strategic overview of school and who, working with the Head Teacher, determine the direction and development of Gastrells School.

The Governing Body is made up of 5 Parent Governors, (the largest single group), 3 Authority Governors, 3 Staff Governors, including the Head Teacher and 4 Community Governors. Any of our governors can be contacted through the school office.

What is the role of a school governor?
 To provide a strategic overview

 To monitor and evaluate the work of the school

 To be a ‘Questioning Friend’

The governors at Gastrells help to determine the direction in which the school is going, agree the priorities of the School Development Plan (SDP) and monitor the progress and development of the school.

We are also responsible for ensuring effective budget management systems are adhered to and that all statutory policies are in place and followed. Day to day decisions are made by the Head Teacher.

As governors we receive regular and detailed reports from the Head Teacher and staff at committee meetings where any queries are raised and issues are discussed. We also undertake both formal and informal visits into school. These visits are linked to the priorities we have identified in the SDP.  

Minutes are kept of the meetings we have and those from the Full Governing Body meetings can be accessed on this part of the website.  The minutes from the committee meetings are also available for viewing at school by contacting the school office.

Our other major role is as a ‘Questioning Friend’ to the school. This is when we ask searching questions of our Head Teacher and staff. This is done in a supportive manner and allows us to ask challenging questions about the progress the school as well as enabling us to offer different viewpoints and alternative approaches.

Committees and Meetings
We hold 6 Full Governing Body meetings a year, one meeting per term. Governors are also members of our other two main committees, Resources and Standards.
The Resources Committee is responsible for all matters relating to Staffing, Finance and Premises. The Standards Committee is responsible for the Curriculum and anything relating to the progress of the school. Most of the work of the Governing Body is delegated to the Committees with the Full Board monitoring the outcomes. Some decisions are taken by the whole Governing Body, and all governors have input into and are responsible for approving the policies used in school.  

Thank you

Amanda Baker Dibley
Chair of Governors