THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint Head teachers. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
GOVERNING BODY INFORMATION
Chair Maureen Mills
Vice Chair Fiona McKenzie
Clerk to the GB Annamarie Park
Governing Body Committees
Finance and General Purposes
Chair: Richard Trafford Vice Chair: Alastair Lockyer
Responsibility: On a delegated basis, reporting as required, the GB’s Financial and Health & Safety responsibilities
Chair: Fiona McKenzie Vice Chair: (Vacancy)
Responsibility: Responsibility for all policy and procedural matters covered by HCC manuals of Personnel Procedure and has the powers to make decisions within the policy, determined by the Full Governing Body, with regard to staff matters (whilst ensuring that the College does not discriminate against job applicants or staff, on the grounds of sex, race, disability or marital status).
Chair: Nicola Jenner Vice Chair: Annabel Plater
Responsibility: All aspects of the curriculum where teaching and learning are involved and Responsibility: The pastoral care of the pupils regarding equality of opportunity, race equality, health and safety, behaviour, attendance and child protection.
Who can become a governor?
Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are different types of school with different categories of governor.
"If you wish to contact any of the Governors please do so through the Clerk to Governors, Annie Park, at email@example.com"