Role of the Governing Body


Part of The Areté Trust.

We are proud to have a committed Board of Governors in this outstanding 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, individually 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 Governing Board will report regularly to The Areté Trust Board of Trustees on progress and outcomes.

The Key responsibilities of the Governing Body are:

  • Set the aims and objectives of the school
  • Set the school policies for achieving those aims and objectives, some policies are Trust wide and are set by The Areté Trust Board of Trustees
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making against those aims and objectives
  • Monitor finance, working with the Headteacher to make decisions about balancing resources
  • Appointment of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and other Senior Leadership Team posts together with the Trustees
  • Adopt and abide by all Trust policies

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.

Governors are appointed to roles based on their expertise and interests and may be given responsibility for a specific area in the school.

There are nine meetings of the Full Governing Body each academic year to discuss progress, recommendations and to approve/ratify decisions and statutory policies.

The Governing Body will report back to The Areté Trust Board meetings six times during a year.