|Local Authority||Mark Ebb (Chair of Governors)|
|Foundation||Revd Bronwen Gamble|
The composition of our governing body
A governing body should reflect a wide range of groups from the community which the school serves, therefore there are several different types of governor. Governors normally hold office for a period of four years. Our governing body is made up of 9 governors:
- 2 parent governors
- 2 staff governors (including the Head Teacher)
- 1 Local Authority governors
- 2 foundation governors
- 2 co-opted governors
Parent governors are elected to be representative of the parent body. They should keep in touch with those who elected them but make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue. No-one who works in the school for more than 500 hours a year is eligible to be a parent governor.
Staff governors include the head, teaching and non-teaching staff. With the exception of the headteacher, staff governors are elected and should communicate with those who elected them. All staff governors should make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
Local Authority (LA) governors are appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the school. As with all other governors they should be appointed with a view to their commitment to raising standards. They should keep in touch with those who appoint them but should vote according to the best interests of the school. No-one who is eligible to be a staff governor can be appointed as a LA governor.
Foundation governors are normally appointed by either the Diocese or the local church, or by some other foundation body.
Co-opted governors are invited to join the governing body based on their skill set and the needs of the school. No-one who is eligible to be a staff governor can be appointed as a community governor, nor can pupils or elected members of the Local Authority.
Who are school governors and what do they do?
School governors come from every walk of life. There are over 300,000 school governors in England and they form the largest volunteer force in the country. Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is strategic. Its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
(Source: National Governors’ Association website)