Governors

Contacting the Governing Body
To contact the Chair of the Governing Body or its members one should first contact Miss Bethan Thomas (Clerk to the Governing Body) at school or by e-mail - sg@tryfan.gwynedd.sch.uk

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THE THREE MAIN ROLES OF THE GOVERNING BODY

  • STRATEGIC ROLE

Regulations and The School Governors Guide to the Law clearly describe the respective roles and responsibilities of governing bodies and headteachers. Governing bodies fulfil a strategic role and should not interfere in the day to day running of the school – this is the responsibility of the headteacher. Governors carry out their strategic role by deciding on what they want the school to achieve and providing a strategic framework to get there. This involves:
(i) setting the aims and objectives for the school;
(ii) agreeing policies, targets and priorities for achieving these objectives;
(iii) monitoring and evaluating to see whether (i) and (ii) are being achieved.
Governors should always take advice on all of this from the headteacher before making decisions.

  • THE CRITICAL FRIEND

(Perhaps ‘questioning friend’ is more appropriate!)
This is where governors need to offer support and constructive advice to the headteacher, perhaps act as a sounding board for ideas, etc, but need also to ask those challenging questions, seeking information and clarification, improving proposals, to arrive at the best decision for all concerned.

  • THE ACCOUNTABLE ROLE

Whilst the headteacher and staff of your school are accountable to the governing body for the performance of the school, the governing body must be prepared to explain its decision and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest. This could include staff, parents, pupils, the local community, the LA, Welsh Government.

WHAT IS A GOVERNOR?
A governor is someone who:

  • - is a volunteer;
  • - cares about teaching, learning and children;
  • - represents those people with a key interest in the school, including parents, staff, the local community and the LA;
  • - is part of a team which accepts responsibility for everything a school does;
  • - has time to commit to meetings and other occasions when needed;
  • - is willing to learn;
  • - is able to act as a critical friend who supports the school but also challenges and asks questions about how the school works and the standards it achieves;
  • - acts as a link between parents, the local community, the LA and the school.

 

WHO ARE SCHOOL GOVERNORS?
You will discover that many kinds of people become governors of schools. Like you, they will have
a particular reason for serving on the governing body. Because of these different reasons all governing bodies have a core group of governors consisting of:

  • - parent governors;
  • - teacher governors;
  • - staff governors;
  • - LA governors;
  • - community governors;
  • - the headteacher

 

Useful Link:       http://www.governorswales.org.uk/

 

 

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Headteacher: Mr Gwyn Tudur
Address:
Ysgol Tryfan,
Lôn Powys,
BANGOR,
Gwynedd
LL57 2TU.

Phone: 01248 352633
Fax: 01248 361264
E-mail: swyddfa@tryfan.gwynedd.sch.uk