Our Governing Body
‘I would like to extend a very warm welcome to students, parents and staff at the beginning of this new term. For those students joining us for the first time, I can assure you that you are now part of a school community which not only values every individual but which has splendid state of the art facilities to ensure that everyone can fulfil their potential.
I am also delighted to welcome our new Head, Katie Denton. Katie comes with extensive experience of the sector and her experience and expertise can only add to Greenvale’s strengths. We wish her every success as she starts her new role.
Greenvale provides a safe environment with many opportunities for learning and for developing a range of skills important for later life. The successful opening last term of our additional premises at Mayow Rd has had a marked effect throughout the school, not only in providing new purpose built facilities but also in releasing much needed increased space at Waters Rd.
We start the new term therefore with exciting opportunities ahead of us and my fellow governors and I look forward to working with everyone in building on these successes. ‘
Governance at Greenvale School and the role of the Governors
While the primary role of the Headteacher is responsibility for day to day management and leadership, it is the role of governors to act strategically, ensuring that the school’s objectives are met.
The powers and responsibilities of governors are:-
- To agree, monitor and review the school’s aims, policies, plans and procedures
- to develop and implement the School Improvement Plan and to ensure the requirements of the National Curriculum are met
- to oversee financial management as well as personnel and premises issues
At Greenvale we have a very committed governing body. Its membership consists of four parents elected by the school, the Headteacher and a staff member, one member appointed by the local authority and seven members drawn from the local community. It also has two advisers who are staff members.
All governors are committed to the success of the school and to supporting staff.
The governors meet regularly each term. The main decisions are taken by the Full Governing Body which is supported by a Finance and Resources Committee and an Education and Student Services Committee. Meetings are not just a means of arriving at decisions, they are also vital for governors in building up an understanding of the school and its ambitions and for sharing expertise and information.
Governors also regularly visit the school to see it in action and how its vision is being put into everyday practice.
Governors work closely with the school at all times, providing support and promoting the interests of the school and its pupils. They provide accountability to parents and pupils, to the community and to outside agencies.