A school's governing board provides oversight of the management and operation of the school. This section will tell you who the governors are, how they are appointed and elected, what they do, what their legal duties are and how you can contact them.
What does the Governing Board do?
The Governing Board does not run the school. That is the job of the Headteacher and the Leadership Team. Rather, the governors provide independent oversight of the school and how it is run. The school is required to report to the governors on various aspects of management and planning and, by acting as 'critical friends', the governors can give the school an invaluable sounding board.
Some aspects of the governors' role in the school are laid down by law. For example, they are required to approve the school budget, as well as the school's targets for attainment in SATs. Also, if the school decides to exclude a pupil permanently, that decision has to be reviewed by an independent panel of governors.
Major strategic decisions of the school also have to be approved by the governors, for example the decision of our school to investigate joining a Multi-Academy Trust.
What sort of people are the governors?
Governors are all volunteers and the role is part-time. Most of them have full-time jobs elsewhere. One of the major benefits of the governing board is that the governors are all able to bring their own experience and expertise to support the work that they do with the school. This can help the school take a more creative and strategic approach to management, problem-solving and long-term strategic planning.
How are the governors elected or appointed?
There are a number of different routes onto the Governing Board. Our Governing Board is made up of:
- Parent Governors: Elected by parents of pupils at the school;
- Staff Governor: Chosen by the staff;
- Foundation governors: Volunteers from the wider community, appointed by the Diocese;
- Local Authority Governor: Appointed by Plymouth City Council;
All governors (except the headteacher and the vicar, whose positions are ex officio) serve a four-year term, at the end of which they may stand for re-election or re-appointment. There is no limit to the number of terms a governor may serve. When a parent governor’s term ends, an announcement is made about an election and all parents or carers of pupils at the school are eligible to stand.
The chair and vice-chair of Governors are elected by the full governing board at its first meeting of each school year. The current Chair of Governors is Tony Rose.
How is the work of the governors organised?
The Governing Board meets throughout the academic year. Members of the Governing Board have distinct roles including: safeguarding; finance; health and safety; admissions; and curricular roles, e.g. English / Early Years Foundation Stage.
Minutes of the Full Governing Board are made available once they have been approved and can be requested from the school office.
Governors can be contacted via the school or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org