All Governing Bodies of state maintained schools are responsible for ‘promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’. [Education Act 2002]
Governors do that by working closely with the Head and school staff, giving support and encouragement but by also holding the school to account in those areas that affect the children’s education and overall welfare.
We have three core functions:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the Head to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure any money is well spent
Ensuring the safeguarding of the children at the school is another important function of the Governing Body. Pupils need to feel safe at school and be given every opportunity to thrive and benefit fully from their education.
Over recent months governors have been working on a forward-looking vision for the school and we intend to develop our thinking during 2016. You can read our school vision here:
To summarise, governors aim to act as ‘critical friends’ to the school.