The Role of the Governing Body
While the day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and the Leadership team, the Governors work closely with them on a variety of strategic matters relating to policy, direction and performance.
Every school in the country has a Governing Body. This is a group of people representing the interests of parents, staff, the local authority and the wider community who volunteer their time to work with the school to:
provide strategic direction for the school
set policies and procedures
set the school budget
recruit and appoint senior staff
share ideas for development and evaluate the school’s work
set development targets and monitor progress
deal with serious complaints.
The Governing body’s role is to provide support and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and to the Headteacher in moving the school forward, ensuring its success. The Governing Body of a school is accountable for its performance, its finances and the safety and well-being of pupils and staff. All of this is done by governors on a voluntary basis, many of whom do not have a background in education. Governors bring a wide range of experience to the school, including business and finance, parenting experience, primary education and administrative expertise.
2 Committees Model
Whilst the whole governing body as a whole remains responsible for the governance
function overall, in this model there are three distinct areas of work delegated by them
to a Strategy Group, Learning & Development (Curriculum and Children) Committee,
and Resources (Personnel, Finance and Premises) Committee.
The Strategy Committee is a small group of governors including the Chair and Vice Chair
of the Full Governing Body, Chairs of the two committees and the Headteacher who
know the school well through school self-evaluation (SEF), and develop strategies and
plans for school improvement.
The Learning and Development and Resources Committees focus on the delivery of the
annual School Development Plan in their respective areas, undertake monitoring and
evaluation activities against these priorities and report to the governing body as a
whole. These reports will in turn inform strategy.
The Full Governing Body meets 5 times each year considers reports and
recommendations, makes decisions and conducts routine business.
For further details on Swalelciffe's Governing Body please click below.