School Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

Every school in the country has to have  a Governing Body.  This is a group of people representing the interests of parents (P), staff (S), the Local Authority (L) and the wider Community (C) who volunteer their time to work with the school, particularly the Headteacher, to:

  • ensure that all statutory requirements are met;
  • provide strategic direction for the school;
  • set policies and procedures;
  • set and manage the school budget;
  • recruit and appoint new staff;
  • share ideas for development and evaluate the school’s work;
  • set development targets and monitor progress;
  • deal with serious complaints.

The Governing Body’s role is to provide support and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and to the Headteacher in moving the school forward and ensuring its success.  The Governing Body of a school is accountable for its performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff.  All of the above is done by governors on a voluntary basis, some of whom may not have a background in or work in the education sector.  Governors bring a wide range of experience to the school, including business and finance, parenting experience, further and higher education and administrative expertise.  Above all, they bring energy, commitment, enthusiasm and ideas to share with senior staff in shaping the future of the school. The roles and responsibilities of governing bodies are clear in law and there is a clear distinction between the responsibilities and powers of the Headteacher and those of the governors.  The Governing Body should take an overview of school development, and support and challenge the Headteacher and other senior staff.  The Headteacher is responsible too for forward planning but has paid responsibility for this and the overall running of the school.

The role of a governor involves: 

  • taking an interest in the life of the school;
  • taking an interest in pupils and staff;
  • attending meetings of the full governing body and one or more committees;
  • providing a level of questioning and challenge of the headteacher;
  • attending training and other meetings;
  • sharing viewpoints and ideas;
  • sharing collective responsibility for decisions;
  • taking a role as a named governor for an area of the school’s work, e.g. Safeguarding, Mathematics
  • ensuring that discussions are held in the strictest confidence;
  • working with the Headteacher and other staff;
  • coming into school to find out more about provision, quality, plans and evaluation;
  • offering their time, where possible, to support school events.

Governing Body Meetings

The main way in which governors contribute their time to the school is by attending Governing Body meetings throughout the school year.  The full Governing Body meets at regular intervals throughout the year (usually twice per term to discuss the school’s performance, issues, policies, budget and the school’s plans for forward development. The Headteacher provides governors with reports about the school’s activities, successes and challenges.

Governing Body Committees

Smaller groups of governors meet in two committees (‘Resources’ and ‘School Improvement’) three times each year (usually prior and reporting to a full governing body meeting) to discuss, in more detail, curriculum development, assessment, standards, attendance, extra-curricular activities, finance, staffing, safeguarding, and other aspects of the school’s work.  

The SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE has oversight for and may review or consider at its meetings:

  • School Development and Improvement
  • The curriculum, its development and its assessment
  • Educational and Residential Visits
  • Leadership and Management
  • Subject Leadership and Development
  • Pupil attainment and progress
  • Pupil Attendance
  • Behaviour and Exclusions
  • Safeguarding
  • Learning Environment
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Social, Cultural, Moral and Spiritual (SMSC) Development
  • Promotion of Fundamental British Values
  • Looked-After Children
  • Internet and Media Safety
  • Equality Policy and Public-Sector Equality Duty
  • SEND Policy and Information Report *
  • Sex and Relationships Education
  • Collective Worship
  • Healthy Schools and related policies

The RESOURCES COMMITTEE  has oversight for and may review or consider at its meetings:

  • The School Budget
  • Financial Management
  • School Financial Value Standard
  • Financial and Risk Audit
  • Charging and Remissions
  • the school premises and its development
  • Health and Safety
  • Staffing structure 
  • Staff recruitment, retention and pay
  • Staff Performance Management
  • Staff Development
  • Pupil Premium and its effectiveness
  • PE and Sports Premium and its effectiveness
  • The website and its content (particularly statutory information)
  • Accessibility and Disability Plan
  • Wrap-Around Care
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Value for Money
  • School Meals
  • Complaints Policy

Governing Body Instrument of Government / Membership

The number and types of governors appointed to our governing body is determined by our Instrument of Government and is set in law.  As of Summer 2015 and the Instrument of Government agreed by the City Solicitor at that time, the membership of the Governing Body shall be:

  • 3 parent governors (elected by parents)
  • 1 headteacher (ex-officio)
  • 1 staff governor (elected by staff)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by the Local Authority)
  • 6 co-opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)

Governors are usually appointed for a period of four years.  Governors will join the governing body at different times and each governor has a ‘term of office’ which determines when they must stop being a governor, unless, of course, they are re-elected (by parents or staff) or re-appointed by the Governing Body (Co-opted Governors) or Local Authority.

Current Governors

  • Natalie Baguley (Co-Opted)
  • Ian Beard (Headteacher)
  • Lisa Beattie (Co-Opted, Chair of Governors)
  • Anna Bunney (Co-Opted)
  • Helen Gollins (Parent)
  • Andrea Gray (Staff)
  • Sinead Hosty (Co-Opted)
  • Hafizah Ismail (Parent)
  • Peter O’Keefe (Co-Opted, Vice Chair of Governors)
  • Angela Rawcliffe (Co-Opted)
  • Rebecca Shearer (Parent)
  • Vacancy (Co-Opted)

A list of governors and their terms of office and roles can be found here.

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings

Governors are asked to attend all full governing body meetings (usually between 4 and 6 per year) and the meetings of the committee to which they belong.  The attendance record of governors at Governing Body meetings during the last academic year can be found here: 

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