The Role of the Governing Body

Our Governing Body shares a passion and ambition to provide all our pupils with a quality learning experience that enables them to achieve their full potential and become positive members of society. The Governing Body is a team of local people who bring their experience and expertise for the benefit of the young people, in the schools in our federation. There are different categories of governor including parent, staff, local authority, and co-opted governors, who are appointed to contribute skills to support the work of the Governing Body.

Governors are volunteers and give their time to provide support and challenge for the schools. Challenge and support means asking the right questions, pushing for improvements, and setting aspirational targets and then supporting leaders to achieve them. The Governance Handbook published by the Department for Education, explains that all Governing Bodies have three key functions.

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The handbook provides guidance on the six key features of effective governance.

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos, and strategy.
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities, and capacity.
  • Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

Our schools are part of a federation which means that they have the same Governing Body. In a federation, schools can work together and share resources in the best interest of the young people in the schools. The Governors set the aims and objectives, for the schools in the federation and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress that the schools are making and provide accountability for the school leaders. The tasks that governors are involved in include,

  • Appointing and performance managing the Headteacher and senior leaders.
  • Managing budgets and deciding how budgets are spent.
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents, and the school community to ensure that they know the schools in the federation well.
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like exclusions and staff disciplinary issues.
  • Addressing a range of educational issues within the schools including supporting disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment.
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the schools.

A priority for all governors is safeguarding. To ensure that the schools are providing a safe learning environment for all pupils. Governors must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership. The Governing Body agrees a code of conduct which is followed by all its members.

The governors are fully committed to their role and determined to use the available resources at the schools, to provide a positive learning experience for all learners. The Full Governing Body meets at least three times a year and additional meetings take place if they are required. Issues are examined in detail, in the sub committees. These include a Resources Committee, which examines issues such as finance and health and safety and Performance Committee, which focuses on issues such as the curriculum and teaching and learning. The Chair and Vice Chair are elected each year, from the members of the Governing Body along with the Chairs of the sub committees. The Governing Body evaluates how effective it is in performing its role in meetings and completes an audit, to ensure that it has the required skills amongst its members. Training is available for individual governors and the Governing Body as a whole and it takes advantage of available guidance from the Local Authority and national advice on educational issues.

The Governing Body looks to work in partnership with organisations and members of the local community, that can provide any opportunities, to enhance the educational experience of our pupils. Our aim is to provide education, that meets the needs of leaners, for families in our area. In a constantly changing education landscape, the Governing Body is determined to ensure that all learners, can achieve the best possible outcomes from their education and to prepare them for their future lives in society. We encourage the development of a curriculum and an approach to teaching and learning, which inspires learners, builds skills for our future workforce, prepares young people to be global citizens and enables them to contribute to the future economy. We want all learners to be fully prepared to live, happy, healthy, independent, and prosperous adult lives. If you would like to join us, to help achieve our vision, of a high quality education, which enables all learners to achieve their full potential and supports their personal development, by making a contribution as a member of the Governing Body, please contact either of our schools. In this role you will join the other governors in making a valuable contribution to education in our local community.

It is a great pleasure as the Chair of the Governing Body to welcome you to our website for our federation of schools. Blackminster Middle School and Pebworth First School both have a special ethos where every individual is important, and learning is seen as enhancing the lives and future life chances of our young people. Our vision is that our schools will make a real difference in preparing learners for the challenges they will face in their education and future lives and enable them to become positive members of society. Pupils have the advantage of attending small schools, where they can have their individual needs met and they can grow into confident and successful young people with the support and guidance of our skilled teachers, working in partnership with parents and carers.

The Governing Body is a team of people who provide their experience and expertise for the benefit of the schools. The Governors support and challenge the leadership and staff, to provide the best possible learning experience for the young people in the schools. Through meetings and other work, we aim to encourage the academic achievement and personal development of all learners, so they can achieve their full potential. Our motivation and passion are to provide quality education for the families in our local community. We are always looking for ways that we can improve the learning experience of our pupils and encourage any contributions that can help us to make a difference and we appreciate any interest and support for the work of our schools.

Phil Jones

Chair of the Governing Body

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