All schools have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school, contributing to School Improvement and Standards. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’. A ‘critical friend’ offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed. However a ‘critical friend’ may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and so arrive at the best solution for the pupils, staff and whole school community.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, pupils, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved, for example with such things as curriculum, health and safety, safe-guarding, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. Governors do not work as individuals to represent the 'voice of others', they work as a team with shared responsibilities.
Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals. The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term; additionally, there are sub committees which may meet more frequently:
- Resources Committee
- Curriculumn Committee
- Standards and Effectiveness Committee