What is a school Governing Body?
Our Governing Body is made up of volunteers from the local community and the wider world. This includes people from business and other backgrounds who between them offer a diverse range of skills and views, bringing a breadth of experience to the team. We work within a statutory framework and are required to have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
* Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
* Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
* Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Full governing body meetings are held half termly. In addition, a good deal of work is delegated to committees – each committee meets as needed, this will usually be twice each term. The three core committees are;
* School Improvement
* Resources and Finance
* Safeguarding and Compliance
Categories of Governors
* Parent Governors are elected by the school parents and carers to provide a parental perspective. Parent governors are entitled to serve out their term of office even if their child has left the school.
* Authority Governors are appointed by the County Council primarily with a view to their commitment to high quality education and their ability to bring an independent perspective.
* Staff Governors include the Executive Head teacher plus one other member of staff elected by and from the teaching and non-teaching staff at the school.
* Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body based on the skills and experience that they have.
Associate Members may be also appointed by the governing body based on the skills and experiences that they have, however, they may not have voting rights.
OVERVIEW – the way our governing body carries out its work
Full Governing Body Meetings
The overall purpose of our full governing body meetings is to
* Work together on strategic matters including – aims, vision, school development planning, school self-evaluation etc.
* Have oversight of the work of the committees
School Improvement Committee
The overall purpose of the School Improvement Committee is to monitor the school’s performance and implementation of policies in the areas of:
* Curriculum provision
* Teaching and learning
* Achievement and standards
* Inclusion (children with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND, Gifted and Talented, Equality issues, Children in Care)
The School Improvement Committee reports to the full governing body and keeps it in touch with School Improvement Committee work in monitoring the progress of the School Improvement Plan.
Resources and Finance Committee
The overall purpose of the Resources and Finance Committee is to monitor the school’s performance and implementation of policies in the areas of:
The Resources and Finance Committee reports to the full governing body and provides updates and where required, seeks approval of budget expenditure and financial planning.
Safeguarding and Compliance Committee
The overall purpose of the safeguarding and Compliance Committee is to monitor the effectiveness of the school’s procedures and implementation of policies in the key areas of:
* Child Protection
* Health and Safety
* Statutory Compliance
* Pupil behavior and welfare issues
The Safeguarding and Compliance Committee reports to the full governing body and provides updates and where required, seeks approval of budget expenditure and financial planning.
The pay committee oversees the implementation of the governing bodies policies for pay and performance management policies to ensure that they are contributing to improving standards.
Head teacher Performance Management Committee
These governors are supported by an external advisor and their role is to ensure that good personnel management practices are extended to the Executive Head teacher and that the pay and performance management policies are also applied to the Executive Head teacher in a way that contributes to improving standards.
Panels are only convened as and when required – their purpose is to offer an independent review. Panel members would be selected according to the specific circumstance; this is so that a hearing can be conducted by governors who have not been closely involved in the matter prior to that point.
Other background information about how we work
Our governors undertake training and development to support them in their specific role, we also draw on external advisors and work within Hampshire Local Authority frameworks in areas including personnel matters and finance.
Governors visit school to undertake regular monitoring and evaluation activities and some are also able to give extra time to get more closely involved in the life of the schools. This could include activities such as helping out with school trips, hearing children read, school council, pupil interviews, projects, class activities and events.
We aim to be approachable and are always pleased to hear your feedback – governors can be contacted via the school office.
The Governance area of our federation pages gives full details of our current governors, their roles, responsibilities, register of interests and contact details.