SOAR

WHO's WHO?

About the governing body

Governors play a key role in improving the educational opportunities offered to pupils by working with the headteacher and staff to shape the ethos of the school, raise standards and support the teaching and learning in school.

The governing body helps the school provide the best possible education for their pupils by:

  • Working strategically to help to raise standards
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
  • Supporting the headteacher, school management team and staff as well as challenging their expectations
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made
The key strategic functions of the governing body are:
  • Setting aims and objectives for the school
  • Adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the progress the school is making towards the achievement of its aims and objectives
  • To challenge and support the headteacher in the role of critical friend
The governing body supports the school by:
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure
  • Challenging and supporting the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework and looking at progress towards targets
  • Regular visits to school to see the children at work and talk to staff; attendance at school functions, concerts, church services etc.
  • The governors are responsible for the employment of staff and for the admissions policy for the school

The work of the Governing Body is undertaken by a number of committees. The first committee is Education and Safeguarding, which looks at issues relating to teaching and learning, standards and safeguarding. The Chair of the Education and Safeguarding committee is Mrs Judith Ibbotson.

The Resources committee looks at finance, staffing, buildings and health and safety issues. The Chair of the Resources committee is Mrs Victoria Leather.

The Admissions committee looks at issues relating to admissions. The Chair of the Admissions committee is Mrs Alison Boggie.

The Governing Body as a group meet five times a year in September, November, February, May and July. Committee meetings take place following the meeting in September and between the meetings of the Governing Body. The Chair of the Governing Body is Mr Graham Kinsley.

Meet the governors