The Governing Body is a key part of any school; its constitution and responsibilities are set out in various Acts of Parliament.
The Governing Body has three key roles:
- Setting the strategic direction of the school
- Monitoring the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the head teacher
- Ensuring financial probity
When setting the school strategy the Governing Body works very closely with the School’s Senior Leadership Team. The Leadership Team are responsible for the implementation of the strategy and the day-to-day management of the school.
Membership of the Governing Body
The Governing Body consists of individuals from the various stakeholders in the School.
- The school staff (teaching and non-teaching)
- The parents who have children attending the school
- The local community
- The Local Education Authority (LEA)
Structure of the Governing Body
The Governing Body meets as a full group and as two sub-committees. Governors meet regularly each term alternating between Committee meetings and full Governing Body meetings.
Governors visit the school throughout the year attending assemblies, sitting on interview panels, assisting with various school trips and in school projects. In addition there is an annual Governor Day when governors are invited to visit the school for a day to see first-hand how various strategies are being implemented and how these help the children with their learning. It also provides an opportunity to meet pupil bodies (school council and eco warriors), have lunch with the children and talk with them in a classroom setting.
Each governor has an area of responsibility and is expected to report to the Governing Body at least once a year; in addition the governors review the various school policies on a regular basis.