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On behalf of the board of governors of Dobcroft Junior School, I would like to welcome you to our website, and in particular, our governor section.

What do school governors do?

Our role is not to run the school, that is the responsibility of the Head Teacher. The governing body of a school has a strategic, rather than operational role. Together we:

  • set the strategic direction for the school (our vision and how we will get there)

  • ensure the school finances are suitably managed and best use is made of the available funding, including agreeing the budget structure each year

  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

  • are a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Who are the governors?

The governors are volunteers who give up their time to fulfil the above function. We are a mix of parents, local community members and staff who are either elected or appointed to the governing body in accordance with our terms of reference.

The full list of current governors can be found under the govvernors statutory information tab of the website, together with a list of the governors who have left the governing body within the last 12 months.

When do we meet?

Our governing body meets formally, in full, three times per term. Details of meetings can be found on the meetings page. In addition, we have a number of smaller sub groups such as pay review groups, DIS collaboration, HT performance management, and policy review. These typically meet once per year as required and report to the formal governing body meetings.

How can I get in touch?

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to get involved, please email me at:

Paul Shawley

Chair of Governors

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