Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to the Minster School. We Governors are immensely proud of our team of staff (teaching and non-teaching) and students who continue to produce work and results of the highest calibre. Many of you will know that we achieved the highest rating that OFSTED can give, outstanding, in their review in 2011. We continue to assess our standards against those benchmarks to ensure we retain that judgement in any future review. 

Our status of Teaching School is progressing well. We are assisting other schools in our family to improve by sharing best practice and thereby improving our own standards as well. The membership is still growing and we look forward to continued collaboration with our ‘family’ of schools.

We monitor and evaluate the school to ensure that it is promulgating best practice and giving our students the best learning environment that can be achieved. We challenge the Head and leadership team at each Governors’ termly meeting to ensure that the strategy for continual improvement is working. We also recognise our responsibilities as employers and seek to improve the working environment where possible and support all our staff both teaching and non-teaching.

Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school and we seek to ensure that the high targets set are achieved. We do this by regular meetings with staff with each Governor having a specific department responsibility.

The attainment of Teaching School status has helped to motivate and challenge staff further in their career journeys. The challenge of Academy Status will further challenge us but there is a determination to hold sacrosanct the education of our next generation.  Our pathway to Academy status will be shared with all our stakeholders in as transparent a manner as the process allows.

As I write this there is a debate about funding for schools under proposed national the Minster School is forecast to lose almost 3% of its funding.  This is wholly unfair and will be difficult to manage but it is a political decision and one which will be impossible to influence at a local level.  We are determined, however, to maintain standards and view reduction in curriculum, staffing resources and facilities as a last resort.

All Governors give their time freely and details of who we are can be seen on the website. If there are issues that need to be addressed I would ask that you follow the procedures laid down and detailed on our site but I accept responsibility as Chair and am happy to be contacted through school if you are unable to resolve any issues. I am very grateful for the time given by all Governors, because without such support the School would not be able to run as it does.

Finally, I pledge the support of the Governing Body to the School and to the local community and promise to work to maintain and, where possible, to improve the value of the School to the whole population of the catchment area.

Nigel Turner
28th March 2017