Our governing board is the strategic decision maker and vision setter for Manley Park Primary School. It's members play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for our school leaders. Crucially, that means using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities. It also means ensuring that schools prepare pupils for life and the workplace by building their character and resilience and by implementing their Prevent duty to protect them from the risks of extremism and radicalisation.

As we move towards an increasingly school-led system, the importance of our board's role will only continue to grow. A school-led system doesn’t mean our school will be working in isolation; it means that our school becomes fully integrated with our local community and, crucially, that we connect with and learning from each other.

The Essentials of Effective Governance

Our board has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Manley Park Ethos - 'Sharing A Love of Learning'

This is what our governors have said ‘Sharing a love of learning’ means to them. 

‘Being passionate about all children and their journey in becoming full and respected members of our community’ 

‘Promoting life long learning – always working to fund out new things – developing inquisitive children.’

‘Having a feeling of community within school; a sense of connection between staff, governors, parents and children.   Enabling pupils to learn confidently, happily and openly.’

‘The whole of the school community, pupils, staff, governors and parents sharing their talents, skills and enthusiasm for the benefit of all.’

‘Sharing good practice, learning together, making learning enjoyable, creating enthusiasm for learning.’

‘Not having to encourage my children to go to school because they’re so excited and inspired to go anyway’

Sharing a love of learning to me means being proud of Manley Park’s achievements and singing them from the rooftops whilst continuing to provide a brilliant curriculum to inspire our children and foster a life long love of learning. 

Inspire and generate opportunities. Recognise the opportunities a they appear.

Nurturing curiosity, compassion and courage across the whole school community.  All learning together - open, collaborative and passionate. 

Sharing a love of learning – to me it means helping our pupils to blossom and to use their skills and knowledge to help throughout their journey into the wider world.