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Chair of Governors’ Welcome

Welcome to the Great Marlow School website and thank you for your interest in our academy. In the pages of this website, we hope you enjoy discovering the enthusiasm and joy generated by the school; there is pride in our academic success and the impressive number of extra-curricular activities on offer.

The governors are very proud to be part of the community of this thriving and oversubscribed school; we are committed to working with Mr. Ford, the Headteacher, and his leadership team to ensure that the drive and passion for even greater success continues.

We were really pleased with the result of the last Ofsted Inspection, which rated us “Good”. The inspectors recognised the supportive and stimulating environment that helps ensure our students achieve their potential in terms of educational results, personal development and confidence. We, as a board, continue to support the school leadership team in their drive to make the school an even better learning environment. We want a school community of students, parents, carers, staff, the leadership and governors to work together to inspire our students to be successful, compassionate, and resilient contributors to a better society.

Our role, as the governing body, is to set the vision and strategic direction of the school. We work with the school leadership team to ensure GMS works efficiently and effectively towards achieving that vision. Our role is to support, but also to constructively challenge the headteacher and his leadership team by ensuring accountability and compliance.

There is an annual cycle of work and each year we face specific challenges when national education policies are updated and government funding decreases, needless-to-say we are very grateful that our parents and carers support us both financially and with their time and expertise.

Governors are appointed to the Governing Body in three ways:

Parent Governors – elected by parents and carers of Great Marlow School.
Community Governors – appointed by the Governing Body for their varied professional skills and community links.
Staff Governors –elected by the staff of Great Marlow School.

The governors are all volunteers from a range of professional and specialist backgrounds, who support and complement the skills of the leadership team and staff. However, we are mindful that the governing body and leadership team are only part of the wider school community, which includes many stakeholders.



Ms S Brooks

Chair of Governors

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