The St Mark’s Governing Body is a team with a corporate identity working closely with the Headteacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. It is ultimately accountable for the performance of the school. In a voluntary aided (VA) school such as St Mark’s the Governing Body is made up of a majority of Foundation (Church appointed) Governors with the overall responsibility of developing and maintaining the distinctive Christian character of the school
The Governing Body of St Mark’s:
is the employer of the school staff
is the admitting authority
has responsibility for collective worship and RE
appoints the Headteacher
helps make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the pupils through support and challenge ( the Headteacher has responsibility for leading and managing the school on a day-to-day basis)
plays an important role in improving standards throughout the school by monitoring standards and performance
approves and monitors the school budget.
The Governing Body works to develop the skills and experience necessary to
support the Headteacher and teaching staff
provide a sounding board for their innovative ideas
challenge them to perform at their absolute best
support them in a demanding role.
The Governing Body consists of Foundation governors (appointed by the Church and Diocese), Parent governors (elected by the parent community), Staff governors (elected by the school staff) and a Local Authority appointed governor. Each member of the Governing Body serves a term of 4 years.