Governor Responsibilities


The governing body has specific roles and responsibilities in the following areas:

• the conduct of the school and standards of education; school governors must promote the wellbeing of pupils, promote community cohesion, have regard to the Local Authorities Children and Young Peoples’ Plan and have regard to parent’s views.

• delivery of the curriculum along with the headteacher and the Children and Young People’s Services Directorate

• admissions in consultation with the Children and Young People’s Services Directorate

• pupil discipline and attendance

• special educational needs (SEN)

• staff appointments, discipline, grievances etc .

• pay policy and review of staff salaries and gradings

• charging policies and lettings

• health and safety

• post-OfSTED inspection action plans

• equal opportunities

• reporting to parents

• information to parents, Children and Young People’s Service Directorate, pupils, Department for Education and Employment (DfES) etc.

• performance management


The Curriculum

The governing body:

• determines a policy for delivering a broad and balanced curriculum within the statutory requirements in consultation with the headteacher. This includes a policy on sex education.

• satisfies itself that requirements for the delivery and assessment of the National Curriculum (NC) are met and that Religious Education (RE) is provided

• ensures that appropriate monitoring arrangements are in place and that outcomes are being evaluated through reports from the headteacher.

Monitoring Performance

The governing body considers:

• How is our school currently performing?

• Are some parts of the school more effective than others? If so, why?

• Are some groups of pupils doing better than others? If so, why?

• How does the school's achievement now compare with its previous achievement?

• How does the school's performance compare with that of other schools?

Review the School Development Plan

The governing body reviews the school development plan and considers:

• Where are we trying to get to?

• Where are we now?

• How can we get from where we are now to where we want to be?

• What are the key priorities?

• Have we got the resources to do it?

• Who is responsible for doing what, and by when?

• How will we know if we have achieved our goals?

Finance and Budget

The governing body has ultimate responsibility for the school budget:

• discusses and adopts the budget

• agrees limits of delegation and the power to transfer between budget headings (virement)

• monitors expenditure against budget.

This responsibility is outlined fully by the DfES in the Financial Management Standard in Schools (FMSIS) –


The governing body:

• determines the staffing complement

• determines the overall procedures for appointing staff

• appoints headteacher and deputy and participates in other staff appointments as specified in the Appointment Procedure

• has procedures for the pay, conditions, discipline, suspension and dismissal of staff

• sets the pay for headteachers and deputies and adopts and implements a pay policy for all staff.


The governing body:

• approves the School Prospectus

• is responsible for ensuring the completion and publication of the school profile

• establishes clear procedures on various issues eg for dealing with exclusions

• draws up various policies eg on health and safety in school

• acts as a link between the school and the local community

• is represented at school functions.

Mereside CE News

  • Bag 2 School
    'Thank you' to everyone who filled a bag for the PTA fundraiser 'Bag 2 School'. A fantastic £76.00 has been raised for school funds.
  • Plastic Bottles Update!
    A huge 'Thank you' to everyone who sent in their empty 2 litre plastic bottles. We have received over our target of 1500 bottles and will begin building the greeenhouse before Easter.
  • Comic Relief Red Noses!
    From Monday 25th February, 2019 we are selling Red Noses. If your child would like to support the charity and join in the fun they can purchase their own Red Nose from the School Office at a cost of £1.25 per nose.
  • Online Safety
    The MOMO challenge is a particularly unpleasant 'challenge' which has managed to hack into a wide range of online games, video & social media sites displaying disturbing images & challenges. A link to the National Online Safety website is attached.
  • World Book Day 2019
    To celebrate 'World Book Day' on Thursday 7th March, 2019 children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character.
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Latest School Events

Year 5 & 6 School Choir Performance - Romany Wood25Mar2019

4:30 pm - 9:00 pm @ Theatre Severn

To celebrate the theatre's 10 year anniversary, our Year 5 & 6 children from the school choir will be taking part, along with children from other Shropshire Schools, in the Shrewsbury & District Primary Schools' Music Association production of 'Romany Wood'. The children will have rehearsals from 4.30pm with the performance starting at 7.00pm. Tickets for this event are available from the Theatre Severn Box Ofice; 01743 281281.

Otters Class Swimming Lesson26Mar2019

9:00 am - 10:50 am @ Prestfelde School

Otters Class will be going to Prestfelde School for their weekly swimming lesson.

KS1 Singing Festival Rehearsal - 'Space'27Mar2019

9:30 am - 11:30 am @ Belvidere Secondary School

Some of our Year 2 children are attending a rehearsal for their performance at the KS1 singing festival 'Space'.

U11 Boys County Plate Football Tournament (Round 2)27Mar2019

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm @ Telford College (TCAT)

Our U11 boys football team are taking part in the second round of this tournament. This is the rescheduled event which was cancelled in January.

KS1 Singing Festival Performance - 'Space'27Mar2019

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm @ Belvidere Secondary School

Some of our Year 2 children are taking part in the Shrewsbury & District Primary Schools' Music Association KS1 singing festival 'Space'.

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