The Governing Board has the responsibility of:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
'Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination'. DFE Governance Handbook, 2020.
Effective governance is based on six key features:
Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance. DFE, Governance Handbook, 2020.
The full Governing Body meets once per term. In addition there are two sub committees that deal with issues in more detail, namely Finance & Resources and Curriculum. These committees also meet once a term and report back to the FGB.
School governors work as part of the school team to plan and make decisions on key issues that help teachers raise standards and shape the future of the school. The full governing body usually meets once a term.
Could You Become a Parent Governor?
School governors work as part of the school team to plan and make decisions on key issues that help teachers raise standards and shape the future of the school. The full governing body usually meets once a term. Parent Governors are elected to serve for a period of four years. Parent Governors must have a child registered at the school at the time of election but can continue to serve their full term even if their child leaves the school. When a vacancy arises the school sends out letters to all parents asking for nominations to fill the vacancy. If there are more nominations than vacancies then parents are balloted and a new governor(s) is elected.
If you are interested then please contact the school and we will tell you more about it. You don’t need qualifications, just enthusiasm and commitment together with a desire to make a difference. Alternatively, why not have a chat with a governor to find out more. All of our governors would welcome the opportunity to tell you more and as governors, can explain what it is really like. A full list of governors appears on our website.