Full Governing Body
|Outcomes for Pupils||Resources and Pay Committee|
*Core Function of Governing Bodies:
They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school'.
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions;
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Outcomes for Pupils - holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Resources and Pay Committee - Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The governing body also has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement by monitoring the curriculum at Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stages 1 and 2, for children with special educational needs and other vulnerable children. The governing body also has responsibility for financial and budget planning, school premises and capital investment.
*Information taken from the Department for Education's Governors' Handbook (November 2015)
Parent Governors: Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school.
Staff Governor: The headteacher is a governor by virtue of their office. Other staff, both teaching and support, may become a governor. Staff governors are elected by the school staff.
Local Authority Governor: Local Authorities are encouraged to appoint high-calibre governors to schools that need the most support and to appoint candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preference. Authorities may appoint minor authority representatives, e.g. district and parish councillors, as authority governors.
Co-opted Governors: Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. They can be individuals who
- live or work in the community served by the school
- are committed to the good governance and success of the school even though they do not work or live close to it.
Foundation governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of an office that they hold or as appointed by the local diocese. They should have the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and for the purpose of securing
- in all cases, that the school's character (including religious character where it has one) is preserved and developed; and
- that the school is conducted in accordance with the foundation's governing documents
There are no Associate Members of the Governing Body at this time.
Associates are co-opted onto the Full Governing Body from time to time for their knowledge and experience to support the Full Governing Body or its Committees.
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