At our Governing Board meeting on 15 March, we spent some time talking with our School Improvement Partner, Bill Jerman, who supports us in being a critical friend to the school leadership team. We discussed the safeguarding practices in place within the school and the ways in which we monitor and oversee these. We signed off our annual review of the Schools’ Financial Value Standard, which is a tool we use to provide assurance that the school is meeting the standards necessary to achieve a good level of financial health and resource management. We also had updates from our Finance, Staffing & Premises and Curriculum, Achievement & Safeguarding committees.

We discussed the visits that governors have made into school to meet with subject leads, providing support and challenge in their oversight of different areas of the curriculum. As usual, we also had a number of policies to discuss and ratify.

If you would like to speak to a Governor at any time, our names are listed on the Governors’ page on the school website and we would be happy to speak to you – many of us are also parents, so you can often catch us before or after school. Alternatively, our Clerk, Heather Large, can be contacted at hlarge@stfrancis.swindon.sch.uk  and can arrange for one of us to contact you.