Governing Body and School Policies

Aims and standards

The purpose of each Governing Body is to help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils. It is accountable to those who fund the school and also the parents and wider community too for the way it carries out its functions. It acts at all times in accordance with appropriate legislation and with the principles laid down by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. It also acts fairly and without prejudice.

The role of governors

Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school, rather their role is strategic and to steer the school. They are to act as a critical friend who offers support, constructive advice but also challenge through asking questions and seeking to arrive at the best solution for all concerned.

Collective responsibility

The Governing Body acts as a group but its strength lies in the talents of its members and their ability to work as a team. Governors are elected or appointed by different groups – including parents, teachers and others within the community.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Helping to formulate the aims and objectives of the school and reviewing how far they are being achieved
  • Making, ratifying and reviewing policies
  • Overseeing the school’s finances
  • Overseeing the curriculum, the teaching and learning programme and school development plan
  • Ensuring that good provision is made for pupils with special educational needs
  • Dealing with appointment, development, pay and discipline of staff
  • Ensuring there is good discipline in the school
  • Equal opportunities for all pupils
  • Receiving and acting upon inspection reports
  • Setting annual targets and providing an annual report to parents on the work of the governing body

Confidentiality

Unless determined otherwise, the decisions of the whole governing body are public, however the views of individual governors are private. Governors meet twice a term and minutes of Governors Meetings are available from the school office. The school newsletter will also give an overview of key areas discussed.

If you would like to become a Governor

If you would like to become a Governor please contact our Head Teacher, Mrs Howard to indicate your interest and to talk about the role. You are also very welcome to contact any of the serving Governors to find out more.

Background information and related link

Please click on the links below for more information:

Governors Wales

Estyn

School Governor’s Guide to the Law