What do school governors do?
Our School has a governing body of ten members, made up of three elected parent governors, one local authority governor, one elected staff governor, the headteacher and four co-opted governors.
Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision,
Governors must both support and challenge the headteacher, so need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we do
Attendance and Governor List
There are three main strands to our role:
We have a strategic role
We are required to think and act strategically to help raise standards. This means, for example, approving the School Improvement Plan (the document that sets out Middle Street's priorities and targets for the year). We also approve all school policies, achievement targets and the school budget.
We act as a critical friend
We act as critical friends to the Headteacher and staff, looking at the progress that is being made on the School Improvement Plan. Our priority is to ensure that the school is improving in the best interests of pupils. It is our responsibility to
recognisewhere this may not be happening and ensure that we ask the right questions to find out why and help the Headteacher to find solutions.
We ensure accountability
The Headteacher and her staff are accountable to the governing body for the school’s performance. The governing body must be able to explain decisions and actions to anyone with an interest, and be well-informed about the school and what it stands for and its pupil data. For example, as
governorswe have a responsibility to explain the aims of the School Improvement Plan to parents and, in the case of an Ofsted inspection, to inspectors. In order to be able to explain the Plan properly we have to ensure we fully understand it ourselves and so the Headteacher is required to explain it to us, and answer any questions we may have.
Once elected or appointed, all members of the governing body attend the Local Authority’s induction training.
Throughout the year all of us are expected to undertake training to develop our skills and understanding of our
We also meet with governors from across Brighton and Hove, including other City Centre Partnership schools (Carlton Hill, Fairlight, Elm Grove, St Bartholomew's, St Mary Magdalen, St Paul's, St Mark’s, Tarnerland Nursery and Royal Spa Nursery) to discuss strategic priorities that affect us all.
How we’re elected or appointed
Parent governors are elected by current parents and staff governors are elected by current members of staff. Our co-opted governors are appointed by the rest of the governing body and Local Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority’s governors’ panel.
Governors normally serve a term of four years, and can then put themselves forward for re-election or re-appointment if they are still eligible.
I spent all my working life in Education, initially as a teacher and mostly in Local Education Authorities, always in roles in
support of schools. In retirement, I find that being a Governor helps me to keep up with developments, both locally and
nationally; and, more importantly, I enjoy bringing my skills and insights (hopefully!) to bear in support of the school. Over
many years now, Middle Street has always impressed me with its vibrancy and commitment to the development and well-
being of all its children in the fullest possible sense; and I look forward to many more years of enjoyment and stimulation
as part of this lively Governing Body.
I have two children who both went to Middle Street. I believe strongly that good partnerships between
parents and the school can make all the difference for children. I am passionate about fairness and believe that all children
should be properly supported to achieve their best, no matter what their starting point. I run a small business working
with individuals and organisations with a mission to educate, providing PR and communications support.
In these challenging times for schools I think it's extremely important that a small, secular school like Middle Street
remains not just viable, but successful. This was one of the main reasons why I put myself forward to be a parent governor
for the school that my son has just started going to.
My background is in computing with a lot of consulting experience helping Local Authorities with their IT systems and the
information they hold. I hope this knowledge will both help Middle Street make sensible operational IT decisions as well as
feeding into any strategic thinking about IT education at the school.
I have been one of the parent governors at Middle Street School since March 2017.
I worked for Middle Street Primary for many years as School Business Manager and recently retired from that role.
However to keep connected to the school, I have taken the role as Senior Clerk to Governors. I oversee the organising,
minuting and administration of the Full Governing Body. I started in this role in September 2018.
I am a co-opted governor and also work at Middle Street as a teaching assistant. I was first
elected in 2006 and having been re-elected in June 2019 I am entering my fourth term.
Currently, I act as the link governor for PE.
I love my role as a teaching assistant. I particularly like the caring ethos of the school and
the opportunities to build relationships with all the children. My belief that children need to
be happy before they can learn and fulfill their potential underpins all my work.
I have a long association with Middle Street, both my daughters attended the school and I
have been an active member of the School Association. I am keen to help parents find
ways to support and engage with their children’s learning and I hope my experience and
perspective as a parent, member of staff and governor can contribute to this goal.
I have worked in Human Resources for over 30 years. I currently work for Brighton and Hove City Council and am the LA
governor for Middle Street. My husband and I moved to Brighton almost eight years ago and we enjoy living close to the
sea and enjoying long walks on the Downs.
I have two children at Middle Street School, who are both thriving in the supportive and inclusive environment that the
teachers and auxiliary staff take such care to create. I admire both the ethos of the school and the values demonstrated by
the teachers and school head alike, and agreed to become a co-opted governor to try and use my experience and
knowledge to help support the school, especially in the current political and financially challenging environment. I am the
Director/owner of a language school in Timor-Leste, and hope that my business management and financial planning skills
can be used in my role of school governor to benefit Middle Street. I have been a governor since September 2019.
I am a teacher and also SENDCO at Middle Street. I have been teaching for 14 years and have been a SENDCO for 5. I love
working in such a vibrant and nuturing school and decided to become a Governor to bring my teaching and SENDCO
experience to the Governing Body and hope that this can benefit the strategic planning of the school.