What does the Governing Body Do?
The Governing Body is responsible for all aspects of the school, and is accountable to parents, funders and the wider community. It appoints the head teacher and other staff. It ensures that the school maintains and strives to improve educational standards, and manages its finances and resources correctly.
Governors also try to be a ‘Critical Friend’ to the head teacher and the school as a whole, offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. They also challenge decisions, ask questions, seek information and develop proposals in an attempt to help the school reach the best solution.
Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. This is the job of the head teacher who leads the staff team. However, in the background, Governors are looking ahead:
- agreeing policies and priorities
- promoting effective ways of teaching and learning
- ensuring that the national curriculum is taught
- encouraging pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
- making sure that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
- the setting of challenging but achievable pupil targets with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement
- to promote continuous improvement of the performance of the school
- managing the school’s budget and resources, including premises and staffing
- setting objectives through the ‘School Development Plan’ and monitoring whether or not these are achieved
What happens at Governing Body meetings?
The full Governing Body normally meets once each half school term. The Agenda and Minutes of Governing Body meetings are available from the school Secretary’s office.
At the meetings the Governing Body discuss, among other things:-
- The head teacher’s termly report (includes school targets and achievements)
- Reports from the Curriculum and Resources committees
- The school budget and finance
- Governor training and development needs
How else do Governors get Involved?
As well as fulfilling our statutory obligations, we work alongside staff to create policies and monitor progress. We attend school functions and open days and regularly visit the school. We drive the School Development Plan which is shaped by many aspects, including the school's own self evaluation, external evaluation such as OFSTED and the School Improvement Partner, parental concerns and government initiatives. Governors attend workshops and seminars to ensure they and the school are informed of latest policies and practice and Governors attend training to build their own skills.
Becoming a Governor
If you are at least 18, are enthusiastic and care about children's education, you could be a governor. Further information can be found at "Becoming a school governor" on Directgov. If you would like to find out more about possible governor vacancies please contact your chair of governors through the school or talk to someone who is a governor.