Governing Body

Governing Body

Welcome to Trevelyan. I’m Mark Jervis and I am privileged to be Chair of Governors at Trevelyan Middle School, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Pioneer Educational Trust; the small Multi-Academy Trust to which Trevelyan belongs, alongside Upton Court Grammar and Foxborough Primary.

Trevelyan was the first-choice school for my sons and daughter. If you have visited the school, you will be aware of what an Encouraging, Nurturing, Respectful, Inspiring, Creative and above all Happy environment it is. I took up an opportunity to be a parent governor in 2011, soon after my eldest started at Trevelyan, with the intention of helping to make this an outstanding school.

The parent governor role is that of a representative parent, rather than a parent representative. Similarly, there are other representatives of the community that make up the composition of the Local Governing Body. Currently, this is:

  • 2 elected parent governors;
  • 2 to 5 co-opted governors
  • 1 staff governor; and
  • the Head of School.

Together these bring a vast wealth of different business and life experiences together to both support and challenge the school.

The Local Governing Body meets throughout the school year, with a focus on teaching and learning – the delegated responsibilities being:

  • Student Attainment;
  • Learning, and the Learning Environment;
  • Curriculum & Standards of Performance; and
  • Health & Safety,

in addition to local disciplinary matters, should they arise.

School governance – including that of the Board of Trustees, to which the Local Governing Body reports - focuses on strategic, rather than operational matters. More specifically, the focus is on three core strategic functions:

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding school leaders to account for the performance of pupils and the performance management of staff; and
  • Ensuring the school’s finances are well spent.

Partnering with a primary school and a secondary school in the Trust gives us opportunity to benchmark and to share and develop best practice with other schools that overlap our school years of Year 5 to Year 8. It does not detract from Trevelyan being a full and active participant in the Windsor three-tier education system, but rather gives us perspectives from both systems from which to learn, grow, and do the best for all in the school; fully preparing our pupils for the next stage in their journey.

If you have any questions on school governance, please get in touch via the school office.


Dr. Mark Jervis


Link to Governors' Information

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