Governors’ information and duties
Governors : Welcome
The Governing body support the school leadership team in it’s aim to continually improve the quality of teaching, leadership and management in order to raise pupil’s academic standards, encourage good behaviour and create a safe working and learning environment.
By being involved in strategic planning and understanding the school’s strengths and weaknesses we are able to challenge when appropriate, encourage where necessary and continually support the school in its drive for excellence.
The Governing body are responsible for ensuring the management of financial resources are overseen and are used effectively. We do this by working with the Headteacher in making decisions about how the budget is spent and regularly monitor how the school uses its resources in order to address priorities relating to standards and secure improvement.
Not only do we have the tools and systems in place to enable us to carry out our responsibilities, ensuring our statutory duties are met, but continual self evaluation ensures we are doing everything possible to overcome any barriers to learning.
Governors : Role and Functions
School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the LA, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.
The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Setting targets for pupil achievement
- Managing the school’s finances
- Making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
- Appointing staff
- Reviewing staff performance and pay
- Holding the headteacher and leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
Our governing body delegates it functions to two committees; Curriculum and SEND (CS) and Finance, Personnel and Premises (FPP)
The Terms of Reference for the committees cover:-
Curriculum & SEND
- Consider and advise on education standards and curriculum policy
- Contribute to the School Improvement Plan and monitor school improvement
- Review and adopt related policies
- Ensure that the governing board’s statutory duties are met
- Undertake a termly review the school’s self-evaluation
Finance, Personnel & Premises
- Undertake Financial planning, review and monitoring
- Make recommendations to the full governing board on financial and other delegations
- Contribute to the School Improvement Plan
- Review and adoption of personnel and other specified policies
- Determine salary levels
- Monitor and review aspects of premises, grounds and Health and Safety
The Governing Body constitution comprises of 11 governors:
- 1 Local Authority governor
- 1 Head teacher governor
- 2 Foundation governors
- 4 parent governors
- 1 staff governor
- 2 co-opted governor
The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. The governing body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so. Further information and reading can be found on the National Governors’ Association website.