The Structure and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
All schools have a Governing Body, which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school.
The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main these responsibilities relate to:
- Setting targets and promoting high standards of education
- Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
- Being part of the schools senior leadership team and to be strategic in their thinking e.g monitoring the progress of all groups of children, evaluating the impact of the school’s curriculum and promoting good teaching and learning.
- Acting as a ‘critical friend’. A ‘critical friend’ offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. However a ‘critical friend’ may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and so arrive at the best solution for the pupils, staff and whole school community.
- Making decisions on the school’s budget and staffing;
- Being accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community;
- Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based
- Ensuring that Health and Safety and Safeguarding policy and procedures are followed and embedded.
- Approval of all school policies;
- Making sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved, for example with such things as staffing, curriculum, health and safety, safe guarding, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities. Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals.
Strengths relating to the governance of the school included;
“Governance is highly effective. Governors are regular visitors to the school and, in her first year, the chair of governors is particularly prominent in supporting and challenging leaders.
Governors know the school well and receive regular updates. They have a good understanding of achievement information and can identify the current priorities of school improvement. This knowledge and awareness enables governors to challenge the school about the performance of all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged.
Members of the governing body are able to identify their part in school improvement. For example, working with leaders and pupils on the simplified school vision, governors helped reshape the vision to one that is easier for pupils to recall. Governors also have a clear awareness of the need to be able to compare their own school information to a national benchmark in order to challenge leaders effectively.”
Ofsted July 2017
Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents, school staff and the Local Authority. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity and as you will see in this section of the website there are various types of Governors. The first question to ask yourself is, “Are you interested in the education, welfare and opportunities provided for children and young people?
If the answer to this first question is, “Yes”, then have you got enthusiasm and time to spare? If so, you could consider volunteering as a school governor.
- Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary although there are eligibility criteria.
- Governors are ordinary people, aged over 18, with a special commitment to the education and well-being of children.
- Terms of office will be a minimum of one to a maximum of four years.
If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the head teacher Miss Julie Marriott on 01952 388280.
There are typically four types of Governors:
- Staff Governors
- Parent Governors
- Co-opted Governors
- Local Authority Governors
The school’s governing body comprises of 9 Governors:
- 1 parent governor;
- 3 staff governors – the Headteacher, plus one teacher and a non-teaching staff governor elected by their colleagues;
- 1 LA governors, appointed by the County Council;
- 4 co-opted governors, invited by the other governors to represent the wider community.
Governors are appointed for a four year term. The chair and vice chair are appointed annually. All governors participate in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any remuneration for their work as school governors.