WELCOME TO THE GOVERNORS' SECTION!
Members of the Governing Body meet on a regular basis and support the school in a variety of ways. They have a varied and important role. There are three committees; Curriculum & Standards, Resources and Pay & Personnel.
The governors have three core functions:
Governors don’t get involved with the day to day operational running of a school, instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement.
Governors usually attend around 6 meetings a year plus the meetings of the separate committees. Being a school governor is a commitment and a responsibility, but offers the chance to see first-hand the impact which can be made in improving education for children in our community.
Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors - and most head teachers choose to be governors themselves.
Governing bodies are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority. Appointments usually for four years. The governing body's main role is to help raise pupils' standards of achievement.
So in more detail, the Governing Body:
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It's important they get things right. How they do their job effects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governors support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole. As long as they act within the law and take appropriate advice, governors are protected from any financial liability for the decisions they take.
The Governing Body is made up of a variety of different governors. Some are appointed by the Local Education Authority or the Diocese (called foundation governors). Some are co-opted (community) governors and represent the views of the school's local community; parent governors have children at the school and are elected to ensure parents' views are listened to and represented. Finally there are staff governors which includes the Head Teacher.
The governors try to be present at all school events and you will even see them serving tea and coffee at parents' evenings.
Governors are available to speak to parents if, for some reason, they have an issue which it's felt the school hasn't dealt with appropriately. Any formal complaints will be dealt with in line with the school's complaints policy.
Further details of the current governing body membership and the committee on which each governor sits can be found below in the document 'Governing Body Membership & Committees'