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Governors show their quality

PEMBROKE AWARD 1A PEMBROKESHIRE school’s governing body is celebrating achieving a key award.
Pembroke School’s Governing Body has become the first in the county to be awarded the Governors Wales Quality Mark Bronze Award.
Supported by the Welsh Government, the award recognises good practice and procedures in the support a Governing Body provides to the management of its school.
Councillor Ken Rowlands, Cabinet Member for Education, said the role of governors was crucial for schools.
“By achieving this award Pembroke School’s governors have shown their commitment and dedication to their role,” he said.
“If governing bodies have the right procedures and processes in place then their contribution and influence can make a real difference to the leadership and management of schools – and in raising standards.”
To complete the award governors have to submit evidence about the way they work and successfully meet a minimum of 43 criteria from a total of nearly 50 measures of effectiveness.
Chair of Governors, Stuart Walder said it had been an exceptionally useful exercise.“It showed that although we met best practice for many criteria there were a number of areas, where we could improve our support for the school,” he said.
“Although we were only half-way through the award process in December last year, Estyn inspectors recognised the robust challenge provided by the governing body as being a factor in good prospects for future improvement by the school.
“Since then, and having completed the Bronze Award, I am confident we are even better placed to support the development of the school – and particularly the implementation of the Pembroke Learning Campus proposed by Pembrokeshire County Council.”

Stuart Walder (centre) is pictured along with Councillor Ken Rowlands, (left) and Councillor Arwyn Williams, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council and also a Pembroke School Governor.