The Department for Education states that school governing bodies should focus on three core strategic functions:
1. Ensuing clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
To these we would add a fourth, as recommended by the National Governance Association:
4. Communicating with stakeholders: pupils, staff, parents & the wider community.
In order to carry out these important functions, there is a full Governing Body meeting at least once a term. The formal minutes of these meetings are made available on this website once they have been approved.
Under our Instrument of Government (2014) the Governing Body comprises 14 governors. The Chair and the Vice-chair are elected annually from their number. The governors are nominated or elected by staff, parents, the Church Foundation, Local Authority or diocese. They can also be chosen by the governing body for their particular skill. You can find out more about our governors on the ‘Who we are’ page.
In addition, Associate Members can be appointed by the Governing Body as members of committees for their specific skills and expertise. They have full committee voting rights.
The majority of governors’ business is administered through its committees and groups, which meet at least once each term:
Curriculum and Standard
Finance and Staffing
Safety, Community & Ethos