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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ Section


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

What do Governors do?

We have a responsibility to oversee the effective performance of the school, to give strategic guidance, to allocate resources and, above all, to support the school in its work. We keep a close eye on pupils’ achievements and targets; we monitor the curriculum; we visit the school throughout the year to meet staff and observe lessons. We manage the school’s finances in conjunction with the head teacher. We also help to appoint teaching staff and are involved in the new staff performance and pay system.

 

For further information, please see the Department for Education (DfE) website:
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/governance

 

Who can become a School Governor?

Governors are appointed from the parents and carers of children in the school, the teaching and non-teaching staff of the school, the local community and the local authority. The Board of Governors is expected to ensure it has the necessary skills and experience within its make-up to enable the Board to be as effective as possible. Overall we need a wide range of skills including finance and business, PR HR, legal, buildings and governance. When vacancies occur and we need to look for new governors, we consider the types of skills and experience we need at that time, and do our best to find suitable people to fit that remit.

 

There are several types of governors.

 

Parent governors can be anyone who is a parent of, or who has parental responsibility for or who has care of a child in the school. When a vacancy arises the school publicises it to parents and carers, and if there are more people putting their names forward than there are vacancies, there is an election.

 

Co-opted governors is a person who is appointed as a governor by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. We have a process in place for appointing co-opted governors fairly and effectively. It is possible for parents to be co-opted governors.

 

Local authority governor is a person who – (a) is nominated by the local authority; and (b) is appointed as a governor by the governing body having, in the opinion of the governing body, met any eligibility criteria that they have set.

 

Staff governors are members of staff who are also part of the Board of Governors.

 

The Board of Governors can also ask people to join specific committees for set periods of time as an Associate if they have the skills required, for example for a particular project. These people help with the work of the Board of Governors but are not governors of the school.

 

How much work is involved?

Governors attend at least three full meetings of the board of governors each year and many other meetings in between. All governors serve on committees who also meet at least once a term and actively undertake work during the year to further support the school. Term of office is 4 years, after which a governor can stand for re-election should they wish.

 

For more details on what you can expect as a new governor please read this:

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