The Purpose of the governing body
The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with an excellent education and supports their well-being.
The governing body:
- Sets the strategic direction of the school by
- Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
- Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
- Setting targets
- Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staff structure
- Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating
- The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
- Progress towards targets
- The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
- The budget and staffing structure
- Conducts self –evaluation
- Ensures accountability by
- Responding to third party reports on the school’s performance
- Holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school
- Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
- Making available information to the community
- Appoints and performance manages the headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing body.
The governing body works very closely with the headteacher and takes a full and active role in the school. The governing body meets at least four times a year. In order to function effectively and efficiently a substantial part of its work is delegated to the following sub committees:
- Health, safety and buildings
- Teaching, learning & student progress
- Human resources
Each committee meets at least once a term.
The term of office for all governors is four years. The governing body is currently composed of 13 governors as listed below;
4 Community Governors
6 parent Governors
3 staff Governors
Being a governor is a very interesting and rewarding role. It allows you to find out and keep up to date with what your child is doing in school. However it is not an easy role and it means giving time, energy, expertise and commitment. It is a voluntary position and it is much valued within the education system.
Find out more about the Governors on the Meet the Governors page.