Structure and Remit of the Governing Body and Committees
The governing body has 12 members. The headteacher is a member as of right. There is a local authority appointee and a staff governor. There are three parent governors. The six other governors are co-opted on to the governing body.
The Governing Body delegates a lot of activities to its two main committees – resources and learning & development and so receives regular reports from these committees. It deals with appointments of governors and the headteacher, approves budgets, agrees targets for pupil achievement and agrees the long-term strategy for the school including whether it should become of a federation.
Our standing orders have provision for a strategy committee but we have agreed that reviews of strategy be carried out at two governor conferences in January and July of each academic year.
The Resources Committee monitors progress against the priorities of the school improvement plan. It ensures the school has in place all statutory policies and reviews regularly those remitted to the committee. It maintains an up to date “balanced” three year budget plan. It evaluates and recommends the annual budget. It reviews the school’s financial procedures and benchmarks the school’s finance performance against other schools. It examines value for money and monitors its achievement of the financial management standards. It determines numbers of staff and agrees the management structure, in consultation with the headteacher, to the full governing body. It monitors health and safety including safeguarding.
The Learning and Development Committee monitors progress against the priorities of the school improvement plan. It also monitors and reviews the curriculum, monitors pupil progress and examines pupil performance data. It ensures equal opportunities for all pupils. It reviews the use of exclusions and decides whether to confirm all permanent exclusions and fixed-term exclusions. It monitors the impact of extended services and reviews regularly how the school is regarded by the pupils and parents. It reviews governor training. It establishes and reviews a discipline policy. It monitors pupil admissions and numbers. It reviews the school’s charging and remissions policy.