If you were to ask ‘Who is involved in the life of a school?’ it would almost be surprising if Governors made it to the list. And yet these volunteers have played a long-term and increasingly important part in the life of Glebelands.
They represent Surrey County Council, the Parish council, teaching and support staff, parents, and the community.
When Mr Wiskar was Head, there were twelve governors, six of them from feeder schools, and no parents. In 1984, Mr Cozens listed ten, was advertising for another and we find the entry: ‘Mr. R. Huston - the Parent Governor.’
At this stage the feeder schools representatives appear to have gone, but Godalming College and Guildford County College of Technology were there.
They met once a term to discuss events relating to the school and to keep an eye on things.
In Mr Baker’s time as Head, the numbers and source of governors changed, as he himself notes. They were to become ‘more accountable.’ And Parent Governors increased.
In more recent year Governors have been charged with everything from monitoring the amount of litter on site to appointing the Headteacher, with responsibilities for the budget and staffing structure in between. They serve the school as ‘critical friend’ and have increasing responsibilities to individual departments as well as ensuring that they themselves are effective. The number of main meetings has increased to five a year, but with hours more work done in committees. They are happy to be invited into school for social occasions like the Presentation Evening, as well as for the committee work.
Stella Halloran has been a committed Chair of the Governing Body for the past six years, having served for several years before accepting that task. Before her, Maurice Bowles ably served as Chairman for twelve years. Some of the members of the Governing Body, such as Dorothy Staats, have seen the school through several Headteachers, Stella says, “It has been my privilege to work with both John Baker and Nikki Knight and to entrust the management of the school to them – a job they have both undertaken with expertise and good humour. To see the school grow throughout the years into the excellent establishment it now is has been a great joy and all the governors wish it well for the next 50 years!”