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What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body aims to promote high standards of educational achievement.  The Governing Body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
  1. Ensuring 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; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 
The Headteacher, Mrs O’Brien, is responsible for day-to-day management of the school and is the lead designated person for child protection. The Governing Body works to support and strengthen the leadership of the Headteacher and other staff.

The Governing Body has responsibility for the financial performance of the school and for setting the school’s budget.  The school has a dedicated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment. The Governing Body works with the school to decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

The Governing Body appoints the Headteacher, and is involved in the appointment of other staff.  The Governing Body monitors the school's progress, and sets annual targets for the school's performance and for the Headteacher.

The Governing Body is also the Admissions Authority.  It sets the admissions policy, makes admissions decisions and defends admissions appeals.

All of the Governors are volunteers, who give freely of their time, skills and energy by attending regular Governing Body and specialist Committee meetings; attending school events and visiting the school to experience lessons and the life of the school; and undertaking the necessary training to fulfil their role.  They are elected for a four year term.

The Full Governing Body meets at least once per term.  Much of the business is delegated to Committees that meet as required to complete their business.

Foundation governors have a specific role in preserving and developing the Christian ethos of our school.  

If you have ever considered becoming a School Governor or would like further information on what the role entails, please see the RBWM website, https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200282/school_governors/747/school_governors/4


To register your interest or for further details, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs Carol Elsasser.

Agreed priorities for the Governing Body (September 2017)

 

  1. Achieving the Investors in Pupils Award
  2. Improving pupil outcomes (reviewed by Ofsted assessments)
  3. Broadening SMSC and personal development (reviewed by Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist School [SIAMS] assessments)
  4. Optimising the value for money from a quality of provision perspective
  5. Strengthening Governance and leadership
  6. Developing and strengthening pupil understanding of, and staff benefit from, the school’s community

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