The work of the Governing Body
We meet as a full Governing Body every half term. Our regular business is to receive a report from the headteacher, share feed-back from the work of the sub-committees and receive essential information and updates on a range of subjects that are of importance to the school. Sometimes an invited guest, often a member of staff, will give us a brief talk on a topic of particular interest.
Governing body meetings are professionally clerked and the minutes, once ratified by the full governing body, are available to the general public. Our clerk is Mrs Maggie Smith.
Most of the hard work happens in our sub-committees. There are two of these and most governors sit on one of them, although a few belong to both. The Resources Committee looks at the finances of the school, monitoring expenditure and value for money. They also oversee everything to do with the employment of staff and the condition and development of the site. Members are expected to undergo training on how schools are funded and how to make the best use of the budget. The Standards Committee has a wide-ranging brief which includes scrutinising the amount of progress that groups of pupils make each term, using data that Mrs Sonnex produces from the teachers’ records. Members of this committee monitor how well the school’s Improvement & Development Plan is progressing and can often be seen in classrooms talking to pupils about their work. Good standards are not just about academic work; the committee also looks at all the things the school does to develop the whole child, including things like the breakfast club, extra-curricular activities, sport and, of course, the school’s vision and Christian values.