Who is the Chair of Governors?
Andrew Marston (right) is the Chair of our Governing Body. He is an experienced human resources professional and business consultant who has been a governor for over 20 years.
Andrew says, Bishop Rawstorne is a very special “place that delivers an outstanding Christian education to our students. The Christian ethos of the school is at the centre of everything we do with the promise of Jesus of "life in all its fullness" at its heart. Our commitment to excellence and academic rigour is matched by our vision for the wider spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of our young people . We are very proud of what Bishop Rawstorne has achieved but we constantly strive to improve what we do through the hard work and commitment of staff, governors, parents and students.
What are the main responsibilities of the Governing Body?
The role of the Governing Body is:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and
- To oversee the financial performance of the school making sure that its money is well spent.
Above all, as a Christian school, the governors have an overriding responsibility to remain focused on the mission of the school to provide the best possible Christian education for every student .
The Governing Body of Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy comprises a group of volunteers who are appointed or elected by various bodies and groups who have an interest in the school including:
- The five foundation parishes who were involved in establishing the school – Croston, Mawdesley with Bispham, Eccleston, Bretherton and Wrightington with Heskin;
- The Board of Education of Blackburn Diocese;
- County Council;
- Parents; and
- Teaching and support staff.
A full list of governors, who appoints them, their term of office and any declared business interests can be found in the supplementary documents at the bottom of the page.
Our governors work as a corporate body and act with integrity, objectivity and honesty, in the best interests of the school. The Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team run the school on a day to day basis, but the governors provide support, assistance and challenge, acting as a "critical friend" to ensure that the school continues to maintain and improve high standards in everything it does
How often do we meet?
The full Governing Body meets at least once each term and also has a number of committees (Governance, Finance & Resources, Teaching School and Audit & Risk Management) that also meet separately, normally each term.
How do we monitor the school’s performance?
Governors receive regular reports on all aspects of the school’s activities and performance and are frequently in school to observe for themselves how targets and development plans are being met. Each faculty has a nominated governor to ensure that they can keep informed of what is going on across the school and in every area of the curriculum. In 2015, the Governing Body commissioned an external review of its governance and has substantially restructured its committees and method of operation to ensure that it is focused on the core responsibilities. Governors also have a role in dealing with complaints and reviewing decisions about pupil exclusions.