What is a School’s Governing Body?

All schools have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’. A ‘critical friend’ offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. However a ‘critical friend’ may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and so arrive at the best solution for the pupils staff and whole school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the head teacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved, for example with such things as staffing, curriculum, health and safety, safe guarding, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities. Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals.

Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, staff, representatives from the local community and the Local Authority . Each Governor’s term of office is four years. The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term; additionally, there are sub committees which meet more frequently:

· Finance & Personnel Committee
· Curriculum Committee
· Safeguarding & Health and Safety Committee
· Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee
· Strategic Committee
· Complaints/Appeals Committee – formed as and when needed with governors selected linked to their availability