Avening Primary School


Avening Primary School is a small village school in the heart of Gloucestershire.  It is a maintained school and as such the Governing Body has a duty to support, guide, advise and monitor the strategic direction the school takes in accordance with local and governmental policy.  It does this via regular Full Governing Body meetings supported by two sub-committees.  Standards, looking at policy and performance, together with Resources which oversees finance, funding, staffing and health & safety.

Our Governing Body is made up of a committed and dedicated group of volunteers who play a key role in the leadership of the school, providing a balance of support and challenge to the school leaders. The role of the Governing Body is well understood and involves:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

During the period January-March 2017, governors made 28 logged visits to the school (excluding pop-ins) covering a variety of activities.  Regularly governors (and other parents) accompany children on school trips and sporting activities around the local area.  We saw traffic surveys completed this quarter, and several learning walks and bedtime story visits.

The period April-June 2017 saw another 28 visits to the school.  We sat in on a school council meeting where the children worked on a fantastic new logo for an exciting, forthcoming fundraising campaign.  SATs tests were covered from an invigilation point of view, and one of our governors led the cycle training undertaken by our Year 5/6 children.  Together with attendance at the school stall during the village party and very regular building and H&S visits, the period continued to be pretty busy.

During 2017-2018, governors have been involved in a variety of activities including pupil conferencing, learning walks, IT meetings, Parent Open Forum meetings, Parent Consultation meetings and the usual buildings related work.

The impact of the Governing Body is apparent throughout the school and we are very grateful to our Governor team for the important role that they play in all aspects of school life.