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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body has a strategic overview of our school and contributes to school improvement through working with the Head Teacher, staff, parents and children.  The daily leadership and management of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and as such, the Governing Body does not get involved in the day to day running of the school.  Following an external review of Governance, the current committee structure and membership, with a summary of the delegated roles and responsibilities of each committee are as follows: 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why does a school need a Governing Body?

    Governing Bodies represent the public in the running of the school, bringing perspectives from ordinary life.  They work with staff and the Local Authority to help the school provide the best possible education for all children and young people.

  • What is the role of the Governing Body?

    The Governing Body of our school plays a key role in:

    Setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement.

    Monitoring progress towards meeting these targets.

    Supporting and challenging the performance of the Head Teacher, staff and school as a whole.

    Deciding policies and setting future improvement plans.

    Upholding good governance and working towards the success of our school.

  • Who can be a Governor?

    Governors represent all sections of our community: parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that any Governor can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.

    You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What's really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education. 

    However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No one can serve if they are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults, if they have severe mental illness such that they may be liable to be detained under the mental health act or if they are an un-discharged bankrupt. People with certain criminal convictions are ineligible depending on the nature of the offence and sentence and how long ago the offence took place:

    • not have been sentenced to three months or more in prison (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor
    • not have received a prison sentence of 2.5 years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor
    • not have at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more
    • not have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor
    • not be disqualified from working with children
    • Although full criminal records checks are not routinely required at the moment, any governor who refused to apply for one when asked to do so would be disqualified.

    There are a few other restrictions which help protect the balance of interests on governing bodies. For example Local Councillors are eligible to be appointed as LA governors but not as Community governors.  There is also a requirement that people who are paid to work in the school for more than 500 hours in a year will not be able to be appointed to any category other than staff governor in that school

  • Are Governors paid?

    No, all of our Governors are volunteers and there is no payment for carrying out the role.

  • What are Governors expected to do?

    Governors are expected to:

    • Maintain confidentiality at ALL times
    • Attend 3 full Governing Body meetings throughout the year, lasting 2 hours from 6.30 - 8.30pm.
    • Attend training sessions and provide feedback.
    • Attend committee meetings (at most, each committee meets once per half term, but most meet just once per term).
    • Take responsibility for a curriculum area or school focus
    • Visit school and meet with the Head Teacher, staff, children or parents to quality assure information reported, providing a short written report of the visit.
  • What is a pecuniary interest?

    A governor must avoid using his/her position as a Governor for personal gain or the gain of other outside parties. All Governors have to sign a pecuniary interests register declaring their interests and relationships with school staff.  All staff must also make this same declaration.

    At all meetings, all Governors are also asked to declare whether any item on the agenda could hold a pecuniary interest.  This is then noted, and that Governor may be required to leave the meeting for that item.  

  • What is the role of the Chair of Governors?

    An effective Chair of Governors:

    • Works with the headteacher to promote and maintain high standards of education
    • Ensures that the Governing Body maintains a clear school vision, ethos and strategic direction
    • With the Governing Body holds the Head Teacher to account for quality of teaching and learning and outcomes for pupils
    • Ensures effective use of the schools resources, including the school's financial performance

    The Chair of governors will do this through:

    • Leading effective governance: giving the Governing Body a clear lead and direction; securing an effective team who understand their accountability and role in driving school improvement.
    • Building the team: attracting Governors with the necessary skills to fulfil the collective responsibilities of the Governing Body.
    • Relationship with the headteacher: Being a critical friend by offering support, challenge and encouragement, holding the headteacher to account and ensuring the headteacher’s performance management is rigorous and robust
    • Improving our school: ensuring school improvement is the focus of all policy and strategy decisions and that governor scrutiny, monitoring and challenge reflect school improvement priorities.
    • Leading the business: ensuring that statutory requirements and regulations are met, that the school provides value for money in its use of resources and that governing body business is conducted efficiently and effectively.

    The chair plays a crucial role in setting the culture of the Governing Body and is first among equals, but has no individual power.All power and authority rest with the Governing Body as a whole. However, on occasions, the chair may need to take emergency action, but this must then be reported to the whole Governing Body. 

    For more information see the NCTL document: Leading governors: The role of the chair of governors in schools and academies):