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Governors

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Governors are unpaid volunteers nominated and appointed for four-year terms by the school staff, parents, local authority or fellow governors. 

The governing body’s main role is to establish a strategic framework for the school and to regularly review the progress made. Governors act as a ‘Critical Friend’ to the school, working in partnership with the head, senior leadership team and other school stakeholders to help provide the best possible education for all our pupils, including those with special educational needs. This is achieved by:

  • Determining the school’s values, ethos and strategic aims
  • Agreeing plans and policies
  • Holding senior leaders to account by monitoring relevant data and feedback on the school’s performance, acting as a critical friend to support and challenge.
  • Reviewing and monitoring the curriculum
  • Approving and monitoring the school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium funding, ensuring that resources are used effectively and provide impact
  • Maintaining the fabric of the school
  • Appointing staff and agreeing pay recommendations

Categories of Governor

  • Local Authority (LA) Governor – nominated by the LA and appointed by the Governing Body.
  • Parent Governors – are elected by and from the parents.
  • Only one staff governor allowed now elected by staff.
  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Committees

The responsibilities of the Governing body are shared between two committees, each with a specific responsibility: School Improvement – dealing with curriculum and standards and Resources – dealing with finance, personnel and premises. In addition, sub committees meet as and when the need arises: Head’s Performance Review, Discipline, Exclusions and Complaints. All committees report back to the main Governing body, which meets twice a term, preceded by meetings of each of the committees. 

Link Governors

Link Governors are those who have been assigned a specific focus in areas of the curriculum or school life. The role of the Link Governor is to:

  • Take an interest in and gain a more detailed knowledge of their appointed area
  • Know what is contained in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) for their subject
  • Be involved in the review of the SIP for their area and to be part of the planning process
  • Aid the governing body in its critical friend role by asking questions about progress and challenging appropriately about attainment in their area
  • Report back at agreed intervals, either to the appropriate committee or the full governing body
  • Work in full partnership with the headteacher and senior leadership team to achieve results.