Thanet South MP, Craig Mackinlay, visited Staff and Governors at St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School this morning to present them with the prestigious Governor Mark certificate.

The award of Governor Mark is a National award to show that school governing bodies are ‘outstanding’ in their governorship of a school. There are 5 criteria areas to pass with a huge variety of evidence to be proved.

Claire Turner, Chair of Governors and Head Teacher, John Letts pictured with Craig Mackinlay MP

The Areas are:

  • Organisation and Teamwork
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Strategic Governor Leadership
  • Strengths/weaknesses Self-Review/Innovation and Change
  • Support and challenge.

The governors also had to submit a full proposal of three areas where they had made a real difference to the school’s performance and efficiency. These were School Improvement, Parental and Community Engagement and Pupil Well-Being and Safety.

The governors started collating the three files of evidence back in June 2015. The evidence was all assessed and checked in October and then the results were submitted to a panel to be benchmarked. A Governor Mark inspector interviewed the governors in October and checked all the paperwork and evidence.

The 12 members of the governing team are delighted that all their hard work has been recognised and rewarded with the National prestigious Governor award.

I have visited this school several times recently and have always found the staff and pupils very welcoming and engaging. There is a great atmosphere around the school and there always seems to be something special going on. Even today, as I was there to report on Craig Mackinlay’s visit and the awarding of the Governor’s Mark, all of the pupils were busy rehearsing for a show before getting ready to head off to the Granville Theatre to watch the Pantomime.

I would like to thank everyone at the school for the support they have shown me since I have been with Educational Life and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in deservedly attaining the Governor’s Mark Award.

Well done.