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St Stephen's Primary School Governing Body

Welcome to the ‘Governors’ pages of St Stephen's website.  Governors provide their time to help the school on a voluntary basis and come from a range of different backgrounds.  There are a variety of different roles within the governing board but ultimately it involves working with the head teacher and senior leadership team to make sure that the pupils at St Stephen's receive the best possible education.

The governors at St Stephen's are a mixture of elected and appointed individuals. There are currently four parent governors, who are elected by parents at the school. There are also seven co-opted governors, one local authority governor, and one elected staff member along with the headteacher and two associate governors. All governors, regardless of elected or appointed status are recruited on their skills, knowledge and experience to build a balanced governing board to provide support and challenge to the school leadership. The recruitment of skills is an important aspect of the governing board at St Stephen's.

Our aim is to work together to deliver our vision that the children at St Stephen's will get the best possible education, they will be happy and safe and enjoy their time at school. We will support the headteacher and the dedicated team of staff, but also we will challenge where necessary to ensure that we deliver our objectives.

Our role differs from that of the headteacher; the governing board has a strategic role and sets policy, whereas the headteacher has an operational role and is responsible for delivery of the policies which have been agreed. Governors' decisions are made following informed discussion, whereas the headteacher uses professional judgement.

Governors welcome feedback from the whole school community and we want you to tell us what you think about how we are doing. If you have any comments you wish to make about our school, any of the governors would be happy to hear from you. Please speak to any one of us, or contact us at governors@st-stephens.staffs.sch.uk 

If, however, you have a concern about the school, then talk to one of the governors. If you want to make a complaint about an issue at the school then you need to speak to the headteacher. If you are still not satisfied, then the matter can be raised with the Chair of Governors (email:governors@st-stephens.staffs.sch.uk).

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