There was a good attendance for the Bury Governor Association’s AGM.

The meeting heard from BGA Treasurer Elma Hoyle that the Association’s finance are in a healthy position. A total of 68 schools bought into the BGA collaborative in 2018/19 and after the various items of expenditiure there is a balance of £27, 746 being carried forward into 2019/20. Members voted unanimously to retain the annual fee for BGA membership of £90.

Mark Lockwood, the BGD Chair, also reported that the BGD funds were in a very healthy position. The option of returning some of the surplus to schools was discussed and then put to a vote. The vast majority present voted for the BGD to retain the surplus and invest it in further developing the training offer. Mark reiterated the importance of governors attending training to enhance their skills and reported that sadly several courses had been cancelled due to insufficient numbers booking places.

Members were then invited to elect the BGA officers for the coming year. The officers of the executive for next year will be:

Chair – Richard Ainsworth

Vice-chair – Mags Wilcock

Secretary – Elma Hoyle

Treasurer – Elma Hoyle

At the conclusion of the AGM, members were joined by Wendy Jackson the Bury Council Quality Standards and Performance Officer. Wendy gave a presentation on school improvement and the role that governors play in asking challenging questions. Wendy’s presentation can be accessed via the link below:

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Wendy answered questions from governors throughout her presentation which was well received by all present.

The supporting presentation from BGA Chair Richard Ainsworth can be accessed by the link below:

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The meeting concluded at 9.00pm with Richard wishing all present greetings for the forthcoming festive season.

The next BGA meeting is on Tuesday rd March 2020.