“Effective governance begins with effective governors”
The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
All governance boards, no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
A Governing Body is a collection of individuals who bring different skills, knowledge and expertise to governance but with a common motivation to be involved. We are all volunteers, committed to our Vision for the children for whom we serve.
Our Governing Body serves both schools, drawing its members from the two communities which our school serves, and beyond. It operates as a single entity with delegated responsibility to a sub-committee for Pay and Headteacher Performance Management.
Our Governing Body is made up of:
- 2 parent governors, elected by other parents with children at the school
- 1 staff governor, elected by school staff, and one co-opted governor who is to be a member of staff
- 1 Local Authority governor, recommended or appointed by the Local Authority
- 4 co-opted governors, chosen by the governing body from the community and local businesses
- 2 foundation governors, appointed by the church
- The Head Teachers from both schools
The main activities involved in carrying out our duties as Governors are:
- Reading Papers in preparation for Governing Body meetings
- Attending Governing Body meetings
- Making visits to the schools
- Keeping up to date through training
We meet as a full board 6-7 times per academic year, when we discuss and take decisions on strategic issues, as well as carrying out all our other statutory roles. We visit the schools regularly so we can base our work on a first-hand knowledge of the schools. Our federation embraces the value of being a learning organisation at every level, and so, as governors, we undertake professional development to ensure we are as effective in our roles as possible.