The Local Governing Committee
The Governing Body is a strong working group committed to the welfare of the school. It is responsible for the appointment of the Headteacher and in legal terms is the “responsible authority” with employer responsibility for all staff.
Governors meet twice every term as a full governing body and each governor also sits on one or two committees which also meet regularly.
What makes a good governor?
The most important quality is the desire to make a difference to children’s lives through education. In addition to this, attributes that make a good school governor include:
- A desire to help the local community
- An external perspective
- A willingness to change assumptions
- The time to get involved
- The ability to work as part of a team
What do governors do?
Among other responsibilities they:
- Set appropriate targets for student achievement
- Develop and review the School Improvement Plan
- Manage the school’s budget
- Review curriculum
- Be a “critical friend” to Headteacher and other professionals
- Appoint Headteacher
- Establish and review performance management
- Manage legal duties e.g. to students with Special Educational Needs
- Self evaluate school’s strengths and weaknesses, prepare for OFSTED inspections and draw up action plan post OFSTED visit
- Hear exclusion and disciplinary appeals
- Prioritise responses to a plethora of government initiatives!
- Governors do NOT get involved in the day to day operational aspects of school – this is the job of the Headteacher and his staff. Their role is more strategic and long term.
Why does it matter?
According to OFSTED, “…where governance is good, standards of attainment are more likely to be higher than in other schools. The quality of teaching, the behaviour of the pupils, and leadership and management are also more likely to be good. Where governance is weak, schools are more likely to be less successful overall.”
How might I become involved?
The full Governing Body meets six times every year and governors also belong to one or two of the four committees (Curriculum & Pastoral, Environment, Finance & Strategy, Performance management) which support and challenge some key strategic areas within the school. If you’d like to have an informal discussion about the possibility of becoming a Governor, do contact Ian Dolben, Chair of the Governing Body, via the school.
List of Governors & declared business interests
Please click here for a full list of our governing body
Please click here for a full list of our governing bodies declared business interests
Please click here to see the Pathfinder MAT scheme of delegation.