The governing body consists of five parent governors, one staff governor, seven co-opted governors, one Local Authority appointed governor, and the Headteacher. The governing body has the power to appoint Associate members to a committee, and to decide whether they have voting rights. The document below shows the period of office for each governor, whether he or she is a governor at any other school, whether there is any financial (or other) interest declared, the committees on which they serve, and their term of office:
The full governing body meets a minimum of four times each academic year, usually at 7:00 pm. If possible, every governor joins at least one of the committees that are responsible for different aspects of the school. The committees, most of which meet three or four times each academic year, are:
- Strategy & Finance (includes school structure, budget setting and monitoring, contracts)
- Operational & People Management (includes pay, HR, school meals, premises, safeguarding, health & safety)
- Teaching, Learning and Pastoral (includes progress monitoring, curriculum renewal)
- Pay (meets once a year)
Some governors have links to areas of the school, e.g. Safeguarding, Special Education Needs and Health and Safety.
School governors make important collective decisions and the governing body is answerable to pupils, parents, the community, the Local Authority, the Department for Education and OFSTED. The responsibilities of the governing body can be summarised as providing strategic management, providing support and challenge and ensuring accountability. Specific responsibilities include:
- Promoting high standards of teaching, learning and achievement
- Helping to plan the school’s long-term future
- Helping to define the school’s aims and values
- Interviewing and appointing staff, including the Head Teacher
- Budgetary allocation and control
The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher.
The record of governors’ attendance at meetings during the previous academic year can be downloaded here: