Having been elected as a Parent Governor in February of this year I wanted to share a few of my early impressions of the governing body’s work for other Chis ‘n’ Sid parents. It may be that you are thinking of becoming a governor yourself or are just curious as to what the body gets up to.
The first thing to say is that the governors don’t just operate in a twilight world of meetings that happen between 6pm and 7.30pm fuelled by lukewarm instant coffee in order to hold the Senior Leadership Team to account. They also do something called ‘learning walks’ which follow a theme such as mental health, or focus on a curriculum area. These walks allow them to meet with staff and pupils in order to gain a sharper insight into the great work going on at the school. Although Chis ‘n’ Sid has a positive story to tell in terms of its wonderfully impressive exam results, it is also clear that the data doesn’t capture some of the ‘softer’ skills that the school genuinely promotes like commitment, creativity and responsibility. For example, the Year 12 Charity Committee recently held their traditional Christmas dinner party for local senior citizens. And earlier on in the year two Chis ‘n’ Sid pupils fought off the competition to win a prestigious National Enterprise award with a brilliant business initiative manufacturing individualised shopping bags.
Whilst my own children have yet to forgive me for becoming a governor, I would say that the individual investment of time in the role is certainly worthwhile. I would also add that although it is not a formally representative role, the more opinions and views given to governors about general issues affecting the school, the better. The governing body is one mechanism for helping to steer the school’s policies so parents should definitely be at its forefront.
Wishing all Chis ‘n’ Sid parents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,