The Governing Body – Roles and Responsibilities

Emmbrook Junior school is accountable to its governing body, which in turn is accountable to parents and the community.  It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body and the local authority appoints governors. The governing body appoints co-opted governors. They 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. Governors aim to ensure that children are attending a successful school that provides them with a good education and supports their well-being. They receive training for their work from the local authority.

The governing body:

1. Sets the strategic direction of the school by:

  • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives and targets
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure

2. Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

  • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
  • Progress towards targets
  • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
  • The budget and the staffing structure

3. Ensures accountability by:

  • contributing to the school’s own self-evaluation report
  • responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
  • holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school
  • ensuring that parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
  • making information available to the community

4. Appoints and performance manages the headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing body.

Much of the work of the Governing body is carried out by 3 main committees:

Curriculum and Pupil Achievement (CPA)

This committee concerns itself with the curriculum delivered by the school and how well the pupils achieve both in terms of attainment and progress. It involves considering policies and examining data about performance, along with monitoring elements in the School Improvement Plan (SIP).

Finance, Community and Premises (FCP)

This committee examines the budget of the school, both in terms of setting the annual budget and monitoring the spend of it during the year. It checks that all procedures are carried out correctly and ensures that value for money is obtained. It has a prime responsibility for ensuring that the budget is used to deliver the requirements of the SIP. Its work is fully supported by the School’s Finance Officer. It also concerns itself with all aspects of the school and its relationship with its community, primarily parents, and the safety and security of all users of the site, with particular reference to the safeguarding of pupils. It ensures that the school complies with all elements of health and safety and monitors elements within the SIP.

Leadership, Management and Staffing (LMS).

This committee looks at all aspects of the school’s leadership and management and the recruitment, retention, development, deployment and financial remuneration of staff. It pays attention to the quality of teaching and learning and monitors elements within the SIP.

Mike Smith

Chair of Governors

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