- What are school Governors?
- What is a "Church of England school"?
- What's the "(VA)" part of the school's full name?
Every school has a governing body to represent the public in the running of schools. Governors represent parents, the local community, the Parish and District Councils, and the Church. School governors bring perspectives from ordinary life and work with the staff and the local authority (LA) to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school.
They have important responsibilities like setting the aims and objectives for the school,setting policies and monitoring the progress the school is making towards achieving its aims and objectives. Their fundamental role is to support the Headteacher by acting as a "critical friend" and to promote high standards in every area of school life. They also help write school web pages!
See the page: "What is a Church School?"
The school's full title is: Oakington Church of England (Voluntary Assisted) Primary School. "Voluntary" refers to the non-state organisation (ie the Church of England) which has undertaken to support the school. Church of England schools can be Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled. The Church of England has slightly more influence in the running of a VA school (which is "aided" by the Local Authority) than in a VC school ("controlled" by the Local Authority.)