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Governing Body Organisation

Governing Body Organisation

The Governing Body manages the Academy on behalf of the Academy Trust and the key responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure the quality of educational provision
  • Challenge and monitor the performance of the school
  • Manage the Academy Trust’s finances and property
  • Exercise reasonable skill and care in carrying out their duties
  • Ensure that the Academy Trust complies with charity and company law
  • Operate the Academy in accordance with the Funding Agreement that has been signed with the Secretary of State

The Governing Body consists of ten Community Governors, six Parent Governors, three Staff Governors and the Headteacher. 

Community Governors are appointed by the Members of the Academy Trust. They are recruited from within the community served by the school for the skills and knowledge that they can bring.

Parent Governors are elected by all parents at the school. They are representative of the parent body but the views they express at meetings are their own – they need not canvas parental opinion on every issue, or report back to parents on decisions taken: that is the responsibility of the whole of the Governing Body.   

Two Staff Governors are elected by teaching staff and one by non-teaching staff. Like parent Governors they are representative of staff but the views they express at meetings are their own - they need not canvas staff opinion on every issue.

The full Governing Body meets at least five times a year. At each meeting we receive a report from the Headteacher and minutes from the various committees. Other items are discussed or approved at specific times of the year for example exam results, plan for school improvement and budget.

The main Governing Body is supported by six committees which meet at least once each term.

  • The Curriculum & Performance committee deals with standards, curriculum, pastoral care and student well-being, SEND and Pupil Premium
  • The Finance and Resources committee is responsible for maintaining an oversight of financial, premises, resources and health and safety matters.
  • The Personnel Committee considers staffing, appraisal and training
  • The Admissions Committee considers admissions criteria and related matters
  • The Audit and Risk committee report to the board on the adequacy of the trust’s internal control framework, including financial and non-financial controls and management of risks
  • The Chairs’ Strategic Planning Committee considers longer-term strategic issues and the direction of the School

All governors are members of at least one of the committee. We also attend public events such as secondary transfer evening, school play performances and music concerts. Please come and talk with Governors while you are at these events.

In addition, each Governor is linked to a department or specific area of school such as Child Protection, SEND and the Sixth Form. In this role Governors regularly come into school to meet with staff and students.