The Role of the Governing Body
The core activities of the Governing Board are:
- Setting vision, strategic direction and ensuring statutory duties are met
- Holding Head teachers to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety, challenging and strengthening leadership contributing to school self-evaluation
- Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources to raise standards
- Ensuring the ethos of the school is in line with the Church of England Vision for church schools
The Governing Board has a responsibility to support the Head Teacher and staff in:
- Leadership and management
- Quality of teaching and learning and assessment
- Personal behaviour and welfare
- Outcomes for pupils
- Early Years
The Headteacher is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Board is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of the Headteacher and other staff.
Schools generally have a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Board is responsible for managing this budget. They can 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.
Governors must appoint the Headteacher and may be involved in the appointment of other staff.
Governors also have a role in monitoring the school’s progress, and in setting annual targets for the school’s performance and that of the Headteacher.
Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Rachel Kempster and our Vice Chair of Governors is Ms Sarah-Jane Walmsley.