Who are the School Governors and what do they do?
School Governors work with the Headteacher to set the future direction for the school and decide how the school's budget should be spent. Governors provide the Headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the Headteacher's position as professional leader of the school.
Governing Bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school's development plan. Governors monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school's budget. They report to parents on the school's achievements and respond to inspection recommendations. They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.
Governors are committed individuals who have the time, energy and want to make a difference, by active participation in Committees and attendance at school events and functions.
Within the Governing Body are two committees who have delegated power from the main Governing Body to produce, review and agree policies:
The main function of this committee is to advise the senior staff on matters relating to the maintenance and development of the buildings and sites. To ensure the school provides a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for pupils, staff and visitors. They will promote the image of the school and insure good relations with different constituencies within the school and groups within the local community. The committee will also review the draft budget and in-year spending information prepared by the Bursar and Senior Staff each year and present the final draft for the approval at the June/July FGB meeting in time for submission of the budget plan to the EFA by the 31st July.
The main function of this committee will be to inform themselves and then advise on curriculum content and organisation. To review the factors that underpins the schools aims and objectives to support effective curriculum provision.
Review the GCSE and A-Level examination results against the predicted, expected results. Analyse the examination results for each subject against past and National results.
Categories of Governors Summary
The Governing Body will be made up of different numbers and categories of governors. In brief, there are the following categories of school governor:
- Member Appointed Governors (5) – appointed by the Members
- Co-Opted Governors (9) - appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests.
- Headteacher (1)
- Parent Governors (2) - selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election).
- Staff Governors (1) - selected by election from Teaching and Support Staff paid to work at the school.