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On behalf of the Governing Body, Welcome to Auriol Junior School.

Our Governing Body is made up of 11 people, all actively dedicated to ensuring excellent outcomes for the children that attend Auriol Junior School. As you will see from this website, our school is a successful and happy place, where everyone is an active learner. The atmosphere is positive, encouraging and stimulating; we balance academic focus with broader social, physical and creative activity.

The Governing Body is made up of parents, people from the community and staff at the school. School Governors make collective decisions as part of the Governing Body, the main function of which is to ‘help raise the educational standards and performance of the school by supporting the work of the headteacher and staff’. Governors make important decisions on how the school is and will be run, but don’t get involved in the day to day business of the school – this is the work of the leadership team and the staff.

Governors Work

Our school governors are responsible for and committed to ensuring that the school provides high quality education. They carry out 3 key functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The size of a governing body varies from school to school. Auriol’s governing body consists of a team of 11 members, who come from variety of professional backgrounds and who represent the parents, staff, business expertise and the local community. Our governors are all volunteers. They meet half termly as a whole governing body and also half termly in smaller working parties that focus on key areas like finance and curriculum. They regularly visit school outside of meetings and governors can always be found at the school’s social events (we all wear badges with a distinctive orange ‘governor’ lanyard).

Should you wish to contact the Governing Body you can do so easily directly via the school (please address your letter to the Chair of Governors) or via the email address.

What is a Governor?

Governors are part of the biggest volunteer force in the UK - there are 300,000 of us! So what do we get out of it and what difference does it make to you and your children?

The recent Ofsted inspection in May has encouraged us to take a really good look at Governance at Auriol and focus our efforts on improving education for every child at this school.

Some of you will no doubt be aware of the shifting emphasis of the role of the governor in any school. Along with the fast pace of educational reform, the coalition government is very clear about the role governors are expected to play and the professionalism and strategic clarity they must demonstrate to get the job done.

Long gone are the days when a school governor was viewed as a well-meaning do-gooder! Governors are now rigorously assessed as part of the Leadership and Management judgment in an Ofsted inspection.

How to become a Governor

If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies:

  • You can contact your local school to ask if they need a new governor.
  • You can contact the School Governors' One Stop Shop, which recruits Governors nationally.
  • You can contact your local council.