The Governors

On 1st April 2017, our school became an Academy within the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust. As in any school, the governors play an important role in the management of  the school. The full governing body meets at least once a term.  Much of the work is done in three committees covering Resources, Curriculum and Ethos. Governors are members of one or the other committee according to their interests or expertise. Minutes of meetings are available to view on request from the school office.

The Governor's Roles

The school has an active Governing Body which is comprised of staff, parents, Local Authority and community representatives. The governors have three main roles – Strategic planning, Monitoring and Finances. The full Governing Body meets at least six times a year. In addition, various committees meet regularly to discuss areas of Finance, Personnel, Curriculum, Health & Safety, School Improvement, Premises and Special Needs.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please talk to one of us, the Headteacher or the Clerk to the Governors

Monitoring

We support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school. This is sometimes referred to as the role of a ‘critical friend’, not in terms of negative criticism but rather in terms of asking clear and useful questions about the way things are done and the reasons for them being done that way. This also involves setting the policy framework for the school and monitoring the implementation of policies as managed and carried out by the Headteacher and staff as well as holding the school to account for the standards achieved and the quality of education provided.

Strategic Planning

We plan with the staff leadership team for the strategic development and improvement of the school, not only in physical terms with regard to the development of the site and facilities, but also in terms of the development of school ethos and the curriculum. We set the school aims, policies and budget together with the Headteacher.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school;
  • plans the future direction of the school;
  • selects the Headteacher and staff;
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing;
  • ensures that the National Curriculum is taught;
  • decides how the school can encourage the pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development and ensures that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special education needs.

Finances

We hold the school to account for the handling of its finances, which includes both planning for long term spending and setting and monitoring the annual budget and funds.

In order to carry out these roles effectively we meet at least three times a year as a full governing body and more often in committees. Working in committees means that responsibilities can be shared around and also governor’s expertise can be used and developed in certain areas. These committees are:

  • Curriculum – including teaching, learning and standards.
  • Resources – including health & safety, safeguarding, staffing, premises and finance.
  • Ethos –including Christian distinctiveness, values and RE.

Who Monitors Us?

We are accountable for the running of the school both to the parents and to the wider community. As part of this we must provide information in various ways – The Annual Report to Parents, the pupils’ SATs results, the school targets and the School Improvement Plan. We are also subject to inspections by OFSTED.

How Do I Contact The Governors?

All the Governors listed will be happy to hear from you. The Parent Governors are usually the main point of contact as they are on hand during the morning and afternoon school run. If you have a specific issue which you would like the Governors to discuss, a more formal approach would be to write to the Chairman of the Governors, care of the school office. All Governors can be contacted via the school office.

To view Key Documents from the Governing body please click here.