Welcome to the Governor's Page
On behalf of the governors, welcome to Columbia Grange School. My name is Paula Lockhart and the Chair of Governors.
I'm a parent of a child who has autism and epilepsy, he attended Columbia Grange from the school opening. I became a governor in 2005, first as a parent governor and then when my son left for secondary school, I was elected as a community governor (now called co-opted).
Governors are Britain's biggest volunteer group, with over 300,000 in schools across the country. They come from all walks of life and bring a range of skills to governing bodies. You don't have to be an education professional to be a governor, but you do have to be passionate about education and be willing to commit some of your free time to work with the school.
School governors make collective decisions as part of the Governing Body. Governors make important decisions on how the school is and will be run, but are not involved in the day to day operational business of the school – this is the work of the leadership team and the staff. The governing body's main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the school provides a good quality education. The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the school's future direction and focus.
Governors are elected for 4 years, but as they are volunteers, can resign at any time with immediate effect. There are 12 people who make up the full governing body at Columbia Grange School. We meet at least once or twice a term, on a Tuesday evening. Paperwork for meetings is sent out at least 7 days prior so Governors can prepare for the meeting.
Some Governors also sit on committees, such as Finance & Premises or Personnel. These committees meet once a term, again on a Tuesday evening.
For more in depth details of what governors do, please visit http://www.nga.org.uk/getattachment/Be-a-Governor/What-do-governors-do/What_does_a_governor_do.pdf.aspx
Categories of governors
Please find a brief description of the different categories of School Governors, by clicking the link below.
For further information about being a Governor at Columbia Grange School, please ring 0191 2193860 and ask to leave a message for the Chair of Governors.
Columbia Grange Governors Information
Governors hold an important public office and therefore the identity and information about all Columbia Grange Governors are available by clicking this link