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 a good education and supports their well-being.
The overall role of Governors is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. Governors help the Headteacher and Staff to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.
Remit of the Governing Body
The Governing Body delegates certain functions and responsibilities to its two sub-committees. The Standards and Achievement Committee focuses broadly on aspects of teaching and learning, together with outcomes for pupils. The Business Management Committee is broadly responsible for aspects relating to finance, premises and staffing.
The Chairs of both committees plus serving committee members are detailed in the List of Governors below.
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 statutory targets.
Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing 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 the staffing structure.
Ensures accountability by:
Signing off the school’s own self-evaluation report.
Responding to Ofsted reports.
Holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school.
Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and 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.