The Governing Body’s ultimate aim is to fulfil the school’s vision. As stepping stones along the way, it strives to raise standards in all areas of school life for pupils and staff.
What do we do?
First of all, it’s probably worth noting something that Governors don’t do. The Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day management of the school – this responsibility belongs to the Headteacher. Governors don’t run the school – they are there to help. Indeed, a key aspect of the Governing Body’s role is to act as a “critical friend”. This involves Governors asking questions of the Headteacher and other senior leaders about all aspects of the school’s activity including, but not limited to, pupils’ attainment and progress and the way that the school’s resources are being used. This questioning process helps to sharpen the focus of the Headteacher and to raise standards across the board. Governors also offer insights from their own experience, and these can help to raise standards, too.
Overall, the Governing Body is responsible for managing the school’s budget in order to gain best value for the public money which is invested in the school. Governors are therefore accountable to the pupils, their parents and the wider community – they have to make sure that the school delivers an excellent education. In the course of their work, they appoint the Headteacher and hold them to account, they help shape the vision for the school and they provide energy and drive for the school’s ongoing development, keeping abreast of both the needs of the school community and any changes in National Education policy.
Much of the Governing Body’s work is conducted by the two subcommittees:
• The School Improvement Committee, chaired by Mr Peter Clift, which monitors the school’s progress against the targets on its development plan and reviews pupil progress and attainment, and
• The Resources Committee, chaired by Mrs Lynda Baker, which considers the effective use and development of our assets; personnel, buildings and finance.
The Chair of Governors and Headteacher meet frequently and all Governors are expected to support the school by undertaking relevant training, preparing for and attending meetings throughout the year and visiting the school – both for school functions and during the working day to observe the school in action.
We also publish an occasional briefing paper, “The Guv’nor”, to keep the parents and wider community abreast of what the school is doing and how Governors are making a difference.