Summary of Governor Status including business interests

Role of the Governors

It is the Headteacher and her team that manages the school and the Governing Body that provides support, leadership and direction. There are governors representing all stakeholders including parents, staff, the local authority and the community.

As governors we are there to develop a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; be critical friends; ensure the school is accountable for its actions, and make sure that it operates effectively in the interests of its pupils, parents and other stakeholders. Governors are volunteers and give their time willingly to support the work of the school.

We consider the management of School Finances in terms of forward planning, staffing, training, resources and upkeep and development of the premises.

Each year the governors approve an Annual Budget Plan for capital and revenue funding, including staffing and running costs. The budget set to sustain the work of the school for the financial year and is managed to support the School Improvement Plan. Throughout the year governors monitor the use of those allocated funds to ensure that the school achieves value for money and remains solvent.

We also have responsibility for charging, insurance, control and use of the school premises. It is our responsibility to ensure that the premises are well maintained, safe and secure for our pupils and staff.

Staffing is a major expense in the budget and we are responsible for the staffing structure within school. We support the school in recruiting new staff and are committed to training programmes that develop their skills and professionalism.

We consider all areas of the school with regards to quality of the educational experience, in its widest sense, shared by both pupils and their families.

We ensure that all people are included and welcomed to our school, and that children are offered a rich curriculum that helps them make sense of the world.

We consider how different groups of children are doing against predictions and expectations for their group. This would include splitting results by class, year, gender, ethnic background, English as a second language, and other groupings. Any shortfall and subsequent remedial action would be explored. We look at our school’s results against both Coventry and national figures so can see if there are local and national trends, which our pupils are following or diverging from. We also check how we are monitoring and assessing children individually, although we do not explore the performance of individual children.

We consider all aspects of the curriculum, covering both its teaching and its content.

Governors are hugely supportive of the school’s move towards a ‘creative’ curriculum. (One that is taught in a creative way rather than weighted towards ‘creative’ subjects.) Within this though, there is still a need to cover all the required subjects.

Governors are attached to priority areas, as identified in the school’s annual improvement plan. They visit the subject leaders, attend some lessons, speak to pupils and report back on their experience.

Meetings

Meetings of the Governing body take place at least once a term, usually in the evening.

For meeting dates, please see the school diary.

If you would like more information about the governing body, please contact one of the governors or the Head teacher.