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How the Governing Body Operates
The Governing Body is made up of partnership governors, parent governors, staff governors, community governors, the Headteacher and ex officio governors (non-voting governors who are members of the Senior Leadership Team). They meet six times a year.
“The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.” (Governornet)
In essence, the governing body has a responsibility for the strategic overview of the school, while the day to day operation of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and the staff. In governor training parlance, the governors act as the school’s ‘critical friends’ offering support to the school and asking questions about its efficacy.
In particular the governors are responsible for setting the ethos and direction of the school through the five year strategic plan, which they develop in consultation with the staff. This was last reviewed in the summer of 2012. The mission and vision statements appear elsewhere on the website, but it seems legitimate to repeat them here. The governors are proud of these statements which they believe capture the essence of what we wish to achieve as school governors.
To learn and achieve in a supportive environment.
To be a happy, caring and excellent school community where pride and the high expectations of students, staff and parents result in the full achievement of individual potential.
Areas of Focus for Governor Meetings
School and Community
This consists of two areas of interest, firstly, the non-academic activities within the school including issues such as admissions, child protection, behaviour, pastoral care and outside activities; secondly, to look at the way the school operates in the wider community. Representatives from the 6th form and/or the School Council bring student issues to the meetings on an ad hoc basis and governors sometimes ask for feedback on specific issues.
Governors oversee the school curriculum and academic achievement. They are consulted over changes in provision such as the introduction of new courses and the monitoring of year 10 and 12 options. Regular faculty/subject reviews form a part of their agenda as does the provision for children with Special Educational Needs. They also scrutinise the examination results and other available data.
As part of the Athelstan Trust, the Directors of the Trust are the employers of all members of staff, except for the caretaking, cleaning and catering staff who are employed by our PFI partners. Staffing issues are brought before local governors including government-initiated changes in staff contracts and pensions arrangements as well as internal issues such as restructuring, keeping abreast of staff issues e.g. maternity leave, sickness, etc.
Finance and Facilities
Governors monitor the budget and they are also consulted over major changes in school policy and the school's short and long term plans.