The Board of Governors

Governing bodies are the strategic leaders of schools. They are rightly responsible and accountable in law and in practice for major decisions about the school and its future.

The board is the school’s key strategic decision maker. As set out in the Governance Handbook, all boards have three core functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction.

2. Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school(s) and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and making sure that its money is well spent

The board, with advice from its Clerk, is also responsible for ensuring legal and regulatory compliance across a range of areas, including:

  • education and equalities laws;
  • safeguarding;
  • responsibilities as operators of an educational institution, such as health and safety, information management and employment law;
  • conditions and obligations imposed by funding or regulatory bodies

Governors’ decisions in these areas have a real effect on the way in which the school is run and on the way in which our children are educated.  These decisions are made at monthly meetings.  During meetings the governors will deal with routine matters – school finance, staff appointments, pupil safety, class organisation etc.  The full board of Governors has one committee responsible for the school's finances and 'resources'.  The committee meets termly, chaired by Gary Scott, and their decisions are ratified by the full governing body.

The Headteacher’s Report is presented once per term to the Governing Body.  Each report gives a résumé of current events in school, curricular and staff development and LA issues which affect the school – plus anything else which informs the governors of what is happening and helps them reach decisions.

Further information about the Governors may be found here and this is the code of conduct followed.