Role of the Governing Body

We are proud to have a committed board of Governors in this excellent school.  Our Governors come from a variety of backgrounds and have a wide range of skills and experience and work together in the best interests of the whole school community.  The Governing Body is established in law as a corporate body, individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Board, however, the Board agree to delegate authority to the Chair to act on their behalf between meetings if required.  Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability and provide support and challenge to the Headteacher. Maintaining a positive relationship between the Governing Body and the Headteacher and her Senior Leadership Team is crucial to the effective running of the school.  The key responsibilities of the Governing Body are:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making against those aims and objectives
  • Main responsibility for finance, working with the Headteacher to make decisions about balancing resources
  • Appointment of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

The Governing Body conducts its business in committees:

  • Management and Strategy, including Finance (4 meetings a year)
  • Student Support and Curriculum (3 meetings a year)
  • Staffing (3 meetings a year)
  • Admissions (Minimum of 2 meetings a year)
  • Health and Safety/Environment (2 meetings a year)

Governors are appointed to committees based on their expertise and interests and may be responsible for a specific area.

In addition, there are six meetings of the Full Governing Body each academic year to discuss progress, recommendations and to approve/ratify decisions and statutory policies.