Role of the Governing Body
Our role is to ensure that the school meets its commitment to provide the best possible education for all of its pupils within a stimulating, secure and happy environment. We bring a wide range of skills and experience from a variety of backgrounds, supporting the school but also monitoring performance and challenging the school’s leadership team to keep standards high.
We have three key functions:
- providing strategic leadership;
- holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of pupils and the performance management of staff;
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Our decisions are made collectively as a Governing Body, supported by committees which look at: Curriculum & Standards, Buildings & Premises and Finance & Personnel.
In addition, individual governors take lead roles for monitoring individual subjects and specialist areas such as Safeguarding or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Each meets regularly with the corresponding members of school staff to discuss plans, progress and resources.
An important part of our role is to know the school through regular visits and also by getting involved in school events. We also have to keep our own knowledge up to date, using a range of resources including national and local authority training courses. We also maintain informal links with other local governing bodies to share ideas, experience and best practice.