Governor Information

The Role of the Governing Body

The work of the Governing Body is carried out for one purpose only and that is to give the children the best possible start in their school life. The Governing Body is made up at present of the Head Teacher and the Governors representing parents and the community. The constitution of our Governing Body states that we should have a maximum of 11 Governors as follows:
  • Parent governors (2) – elected by our parents to represent all parents and their children.
  • Local Authority Governor (1) – nominated by Herefordshire Education Authority, the local authority that maintains the school
  • Foundation Governors (4) – appointed to preserve and develop the school’s character
  • Co-opted Governors (2) (replace Community Governors) – appointed by the Governing Body
  • These are people who in the opinion of the Governing Body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school
  • Headteacher – is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of their office
  • Staff Governor (1) – either teaching or support staff can be elected by the school staff
  • Associate Members – appointed by the Governing Body, they are not Governors and may include anyone who the Governing Body feel could contribute to its work

What do Governors do?

We have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

What are the powers and duties of the Governing Body?

  • Standards – securing high standards of educational achievement
  • Targets – setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stage 2
  • Curriculum – ensuring breadth and balance, and delivery of the National Curriculum (including Foundation Stage and RE)
  • Reporting results – reporting on assessments and test results
  • Policies – deciding how, in broad strategic terms, the school should be run
  • Performance management – carrying out the performance management process for the Headteacher
  • Finance – determining how to spend the budget allocated to the school
  • Staffing – deciding on number of staff, the pay policy and making decisions on staff pay
  • Appointments – appointing the head and deputy head teacher and other staff
  • Special Educational Needs – ensuring the Governing Body’s responsibilities are carried out
  • Discipline – agreeing procedures for conduct and discipline
  • Inspection – agreeing and monitoring the school’s Self-Evaluation Form