All schools have a governing body which is composed of people from different groups. We have just carried out a statutory re-constitution and our governing body is made up of the following groups :
1) Five Elected Parents
2) One Local Authority Nomination
3) One elected Staff Member
4) Four Co-opted members
5) The Head Teacher.
For now, we also have an additional LA support governor to help us while we are in Special measures.
Working together, governors support the school, particularly in making key decisions about its overall vision for children’s education. As a group, we never lose sight of the school’s most important people: the children. We want the best for them trying always to keep what will improve their future life chances at the front of our thinking.
- help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
- keep the pressure up on school improvement
- be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
- help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
- make the school accountable to the public for what it does
- work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
- exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff
- not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
The work of the governing body is shaped by three committees:
- The Full Governing Body meeting, which is held each term, is the most formal of our meetings. The Chair of Governors, Richard Bourne chairs these meetings.
- The Strategic Development and Pupils Committee, whose work helps to shape the school’s overall vision and its goals for improvement, also supports all aspects of curriculum policy. The committee is chaired by Yvonne Fox.
- The Finance, General Purpose and Personnel Committee oversees the school’s budget with a focus on getting value for money for the services provided for pupils and also oversees matters of health, safety and welfare. The committee is chaired by Lorna Swain.
Individual governors have specific links with areas of the school’s work and its priorities for improvement. Governors also help to appoint the school’s staff.