In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Department of Education Governor's Handbook, January 2015
Anyone who would like to communicate with the governing body should contact the chair, Andrew Hewson. A letter can be given to the office, addressed to the Chair of Governors, or an email can be sent to email@example.com.
Governing Body Members
The governing body of Blewbury School is comprised of 14 members. These include:
There is also a dedicated clerk.
Every governor must sit on one of the three main sub-committees:
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
The GB has a Chair and Vice-Chair.
Specific governors are designated for particular areas. These include Special Education Needs (SEN), Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Buildings and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Three governors make up the Headteacher Appraisal Committee.
Certain governors make themselves available to sit on panels concerning complaints, staff discipline or dismissal, pupil discipline or exclusion and admission appeals.
Every class at the school has a Link Governor.
Additionally, governors can be linked to improvement areas, such as development plan priorities or curriculum teams.
Full Governing Body Meetings
Ofsted Inspection, June 2015:
"Members of the governing body have a wide range of expertise. They are adept at using assessment information to compare the school’s performance with national data. Governors ask insightful questions in order to hold leaders to account. They each have an area of responsibility, related to the school development plan, and visit during the school day to check on how initiatives are proceeding. They seek assurance that additional funds, including those for disadvantaged pupils and for international links, are used effectively. Governors have an accurate view of the quality of teaching. They seek assurance that the teachers’ pay policy is followed and that any underperformance is tackled. They ensure that statutory regulations for safeguarding are fully met."