The Governing Body

The Governing Body

Castle Park Primary School has an active and committed governing body with a shared desire to work in partnership with Mrs Ford and her staff to make this high performing school even better. 

The governing  body is accountable for the strategic direction of the school and for the quality  of education that it provides.  At Castle Park Primary School governors fulfil this role by:

  • attending full governing body meetings ( 5 evening meetings a year)
  • sitting on one or more of the 3 main sub-committees - Finance & Staff; Standards & Curriculum; Health & Safety & Premises (up to 6 meetings a year - usually at 5pm);
  • sitting on the Discipline, Complaints & Appeals sub-committee (only if required); 
  • being a link governor (with another governor) for one of the school improvement priorities ( 2 meetings a year plus learning walk/observation); 
  • some governors take on an additional link role with responsibility for a particular area such as child protection, governor training etc;
  • participating in joint staff and governor development events;
  • supporting the school and representing the governing body at school events;
  • keeping up to date with developments in the education sector and attending training and events provided by Monmouthshire County Council and the Educational Achievement Service.

Individual governors or groups of governors also take the lead on specific  issues.  During the last year this has included recruiting a new Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher; addressing issues relating to the school finances; supporting the Senior Leadership Team in further improving standards in our school; joining school staff to work on vision and values; and, preparing our annual report to parents.

Support for new  governors includes training, an introductory session at the school (including welcome meetings with the headteacher and the chair of the governing body) and mentoring by an experienced governor for the first year.

There's more information about our work and the election process in the links of the left of this page as well as links to the Governors Wales website which has fact files on the role of the school governor.  The majority of our meetings take place outside the working day but some aspects of our role are fulfilled during school hours. 

We have a friendly and supportive approach to our work and a range of skills and experience.  For more detail please contact the school office and either Mrs Ford or I will be happy to chat to you further.

Cllr Dave Evans

Chair of Governors