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THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body is made up of representatives of the Staff, Parents/Carers and the Community. We are volunteers and we have various legal responsibilities and duties. The role of governor is largely a thinking and questioning role and ideas from outside education can be useful; the day to day decisions about the running of the school is the role of the Head Teacher, supported by the staff. The main focus of our governors is on:

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

Additional involvement with the school

There are many opportunities for governors to support school activities to develop understanding of the students and staff’s experience of teaching and learning, and of pastoral care.

It is recognised that, as volunteers, governors cannot necessarily attend school activities during usual working hours, but relevant events are not limited to those hours. Activities governors might consider attending or supporting are:

  • Participating alongside staff in a pre-arranged programme of activities
  • School trips and local visits
  • Evening events
  • Spending time in the school during the school day to familiarise themselves with the environment (classrooms; labs; specialist facilities; staff room) and meet staff and students
  • Governors with special skills or interest may like to develop close links with relevant areas in the school

Individual governors will be expected to commit to:

  • Attendance at the Local Governing Body meetings, usually held on Wednesday evenings
  • Spending a certain amount of time in school each year at school events or activities of interest to them and in support of school needs
  • Taking a Champion Role to individual areas and reporting back to other governors at LGB

Governor Development and Training

The LGB has developed an induction programme for new governors, and in addition governors are asked to attend formal training courses from a variety of sources. We subscribe to Wiltshire Governor Support Services which provides a full programme of governor training, some of which is available on-line. The LGB may organise information/training sessions prepared by staff, or invite external experts to give short courses/presentations at meetings.

Individual governors are expected to:

  • keep abreast of training opportunities through the regular correspondence circulated by our clerk
  • attend at least one formal course a year, chosen to reflect personal interest and school needs
  • provide feedback on the course to other governors at a sub-committee or FGB meeting

If you would like further information about the work of the Governors or like to consider becoming a governor, we like to hear from you. Please contact the clerk to the governors.

COMPOSITION of LOCAL GOVERNING BODIES

Each LGB comprises up to ten members (Local Governors), including:

The Head teacher of the Academy;

At least two elected parents or guardians of a pupil at the Academy (Parent Local Governors);

with the option of up to two employees of the Academy comprising one teacher member and one elected non-teaching staff member elected by employees of the Academy

(Staff Local Governors)

and

Such other members as the Trustees decide.

Each LGB shall have a Chair and a Vice-Chair.

The length of service of all Local Governors and the Clerk to the LGB shall be four years.  Subject to remaining eligible to be a Local Governor, any Local Governor may be reappointed or re-elected at the end of his or her term.

Every person wishing to become a Local Governor will be required to sign a declaration of acceptance and of willingness to act as a Local Governor.

PARENT GOVERNOR

Must be a parent (or carer) of a registered pupil at the time of their election or appointment. The manner of election (by other parents at the Academy) or appointment (by Governing Body if insufficient nominations) is prescribed by regulations. Not disqualified from continuing to hold the position when pupil leaves Academy.

THE HEADTEACHER

The Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of office

COMMUNITY GOVERNORS

Appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests; will live or work in the community served by the Academy or be a person who the governing body believes is committed to the good government and success of the Academy.