Sir John Barrow School’s Governing Body have recently had an external inspection and have been accredited with the Governor Mark National Award. The governor mark is a kite mark, similar to ‘Investor in People’ and ‘Sports Mark’, which provides an external evaluation of the quality of governance within schools and academies.
In SJB’s early stages of pre-assessment the process focussed on self-evaluation and the Governing Body collated evidence and prepared impact statements in key areas such as:
· Partnership and Community Engagement
· School Improvement: Maths Focus
· Pupil Well-Being and Safety
Using this evidence, the Governing Body were able to demonstrate that they fulfilled the requirements set out in the guidance. This allowed SJB to be rated in terms of overall performance, standards, behaviours and delivery of its statutory duties. The SJB Governing Body were certainly put through their paces to achieve this challenging award!
SJB was successful in its application and after external inspection we received the Chartermark accreditation in March 2016, which remains valid for 3 years. The Governor Mark panel congratulated the Governing Body on its high quality of governance and were particularly impressed with:
· Its commitment to roles and knowledge of educational environment and training undertaken to achieve this
· The strong understanding of data and effective monitoring of school development priorities
· The high priorities given to succession planning
As with all awards, we are determined not to become complacent and to build upon these values and assessments. We will use the detailed feedback to continue to sharpen practice to benefit our school pupils and the wider school community.
If you would like to know more about the Governor Mark National Award then feel free to contact the Chair of the Governing Body, Janet Heffernan (contactable through the school office, at the school gates, or drop into a governor coffee and chat session!