Hello, I’m Mark Jervis and I am privileged to be Chair of Governors at Trevelyan Middle School. Trevelyan was first choice school for my sons. I took up an opportunity to be a parent governor soon after my eldest started 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 school community that make up the composition of the Governing Body. Currently this is
- 3 elected parent governors;
- 1 governor appointed by the Local Education Authority;
- 1 staff governor;
- the Head Teacher; and
- 3 co-opted governors
Together these bring a vast wealth of different business and life experiences. The Governing Body meets throughout the school year, both as a Full Governing Body, and in separate “Teaching and Learning”, “Finance, Pay and Resources” and “Strategy” committees.
It restricts involvement to strategic, rather than operational matters and its task is to both support and challenge the school. 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.
The Governing Body also appoints the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher.
Leadership and governance was rated as good in both the last Ofsted and last Local Education Authority reviews. A Governors’ report for the year is available below.