Governing Body

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.

The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Our legal duties include:-

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Head Teacher

The Governing Body meets at least once every term. We sometimes set up committees or working groups to look at particular issues (such as pay, performance management, buildings and development). A small group (Headteacher, Governors responsible for Finance and the School Finance Officer) meets every half term to keep an eye on school finances between our termly governor meetings. All governors are informed about what happens at these Finance Committee meetings.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. They are: Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese; a Community Governor appointed by the Local Authority; Parent Governors appointed by parents of the school, and Staff Governors appointed by the staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Head Teacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.