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Governors - What is our role?

Governors do not manage the school. That is the role of the Headteacher and the senior leadership team and as Governors we aim to support them in doing this. Governors are responsible for the strategic vision of the school and for supporting the Headteacher and his staff in achieving that vision.

Governors have responsibility for appointing the Headteacher, managing the school's budget, setting annual targets and monitoring performance against those targets, all in the interest of raising standards of achievement.

In addition to these statutory responsibilities, Governors do a wide variety of other things, either through formal committee activity or through personal involvement with the day-to-day life of the school

How we work

We aim for as few formal meetings as possible, preferring to support the school through active involvement rather than through sitting in committee rooms. The full Governing Body meets four times a year - generally for no more than two hours. Certain key tasks provide the focus for our discussions and as a minimum each meeting focuses on a core topic as follows:

  • Analysis of results in external examinations
  • Setting targets for the year
  • Approving the Academy Development Plan
  • Approving the Annual Budget

A wide variety of other subjects is considered at each meeting, including the Headteacher's report, reports from sub-committees and, very importantly, the approval of all major policies which underpin the running of the school.

The main Governing Body is supported by three sub-committees which meet once each term as follows:

  • Resources Committee - concerned with finance, premises and people
  • Academy Improvement Committee - concerned with the school curriculum and with standards of performance, overseeing the school's "specialist" status in English
  • New Technologies Admissions Committee - this committee meets on an ad hoc basis, at least once a year

Most Governors, in addition to sitting on the main Governing Body, attend the meetings of at least one of the committees so that each Governor attends a meeting between seven and ten times a year, together with visits to the school for other reasons. We also try to attend public events such as secondary transfer evening, school play performances, music concerts, the annual prize-giving ceremony and sports events. In addition, individual Governors take a special interest in specific areas of school activity such as Child Protection, SEN and the More Able Children programme.

Most queries about the management of SRA and the progress of any individual child should be directed in the first instance to the school itself but I or other governors will be happy to answer any more general questions, particularly in relation to the role of the governing body.

Letters directed to us should be sent to the school for our attention.

The Governing body last met in October 2016; please see minutes here.

Minutes from the previous meeting in June 2016 can be found here.

 

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