Who is the Chair of Governors?
Andrew Marston (right) is the Chair of our Governing Body. His own children were educated at Bishop Rawstorne and he has been a governor for over twenty years. He is an experienced human resources professional and business consultant who is keen to highlight the wide range of skills, knowledge and experience that the governors can collectively bring to their role to ensure that the school is doing the best it can for every student.
Andrew says, “We are very proud of what Bishop Rawstorne has achieved through the outstanding efforts of staff, students, parents and governors, but we constantly strive to improve what we do to be the best that we can be. It is no accident that Bishops has become a centre of excellence in education and is regularly visited by other schools and institutions who want to learn from what we do. We know we have something very special here but we are not complacent and continue to strive to do the very best for our staff and each and every child in our care."
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.
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;
- Lancashire 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
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 pupil.
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 governor is attached to a faculty 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.