What Governors do
WHAT GOVERNORS DO:
The Governing Body has responsibility for the strategic development of the school in the areas of safeguarding, finance, curriculum, inclusion, welfare and discipline, health and safety, premises, staffing and school meals. As a Governing Body we work with the head teacher and the school staff to have an overview of policy for the school in each of these areas. The school policies themselves can be accessed on the school website.
The governors’ main focus within these areas is to ensure:
– The school manages its fiscal activities within its annual budget
– Appropriate staffing and other resources meet pupils’ educational needs
– The broad and balanced curriculum delivered meets and exceeds Department for Education guidance and the pupils’ educational needs
– The school has robust safeguarding practices which meet all health and safety requirements
The Governing Body meets five times a year to carry out these primary functions and minutes of these meetings can found on the school website.
The Governing Body elects a Chair of Governors. Each governor sits on a sub-committee focusing on resources, curriculum or finance. All governors are also a Link Governor to gain a better understanding of different areas of learning, visiting the school as critical friends, visiting lessons and speaking to staff and creating written reports and feedback to the Governing Body.
It is important to note that governors do not to get involved in the day to day running of the school. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher. The school has a clear policy on complaints, which can be provided for parents and is also available on the school web site. Governors only become involved in forming a Complaints Panel if a Stage 2 has been unsuccessfully resolved or a complaint is about the Headteacher.