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The Governing Body

Governors play a very active part in school life. The Governor role is varied, challenging and fulfilling, which needs a number of important skills to help Governors to discharge their statutory duties. 


Governors provide support and challenge to the school to ensure the very best is achieved for the pupils and families that form the school community. Each Governor is assigned to subject areas.  Literacy and Mathematics Subject Leaders meet with Designated Governors to discuss how their subject is being managed.  


The Governing Body of Backworth Park Primary has a strong focus on its 3 core strategic functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body is made up of Co-opted, Local Authority, Staff and Parent Governors.  Full Governing Body meetings are held each Half Term.  Governors are currently reviewing the Sub-Committee Structure for the school.  Specific Sub-Committees are also convened as required, such as to investigate issues relating to disciplinary or complaints matters. Governors are invited to join staff for relevant training and also to join us for all assemblies, performances and special events.


Key Issues during 2018/19

·         Raising Achievement

·         Strengthening teaching and leadership

·         Introducing new policies and procedures


Moving forward into 2019/20:

  • Embedding change of policies and procedures
  • Implementing our new approach to curriculum
  • Implementing fully Read, Write Inc approach
  • Finding the right Headteacher to lead the school forward


Impact on School Improvement:

  • School no longer subject to a Local Authority Raising Achievement Group
  • Deficit removed
  • New senior leaders appointed
  • Health and Safety Gold Award achieved
  • Data across school showing greater strengths
  • CPOMS embedded to improve safeguarding
  • Behaviour considered to now be strong with outstanding features
  • Attendance improved
  • After-school club offered for parents
  • Extra-curricular clubs offered to children
  • Wider opportunities for children


School is now in a strong position moving forward and with a new full-time Head in post, will start to see even stronger opportunities and outcomes for children. 


If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school, please contact Mrs Reed, Office Manager, on 0191 643 4340 , to find out if there any current vacancies and to be given details of who to contact in Governor Services for further information.  A variety of training is offered by the Local Authority.

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