The Purpose and Role of the Governing Body

The purpose of the governing body is to help Chase Bridge provide the best possible education and start in life for all the children.  To be effective the governing body needs to have a clear framework of how it operates, a breakdown of roles and responsibilities and a constant awareness of whether it is fit for purpose.

An Ofsted Inspection includes measuring the effectiveness of the governing body.  The Inspection team will judge the effectiveness of the school’s governance in fulfilling its three core functions of:

(a)          ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined.  This includes developing a vision for the school, helping to set the School Development Plan and monitoring its implementation.

(b)          ensuring that the headteacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school.  This includes holding the Headteacher and his Management Team to account and supporting but also asking challenging questions; the Management Team is responsible for the day to day running of the school.

(c)           ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.  The governing body uses key indicators to measure achievement and attainment and ensures that financial resources are well directed to ensure accountability to pupils, parents, carers, staff, the wider school community and the Local Authority.  This includes effective, regular and frequent communication to ensure trust and mutual understanding between all stakeholders.

The inspection focuses on four key areas:

·         the quality of education

·         the behaviour and safety of pupils

·         the quality of teaching

·         the achievement of pupils.

Membership of the Governing Body

The governing body is made up of 18 governors who serve a four-year term (apart from the headteacher)

There are four types of governor:

Parent

These governors must have a child in the school when elected.  They are elected by a vote amongst all parents.

Staff

The headteacher assumes governorship for the duration of the headship.

A member of staff (teaching or non-teaching)is elected by the staff.

Local Authority

Nominated by the Local Authority on the skill set needs of the governing body.

Co-opted

Selected by the governing body based on the skill set needs of the governing body.  Co-opted governors can have a child in the school and can be staff members.

 

The governing body is supported in its work by the Deputy Headteacher, the School Business Manager and the Clerk to the Governors, who regularly attend meetings of the governing body.A representative from the Friends of Chase Bridge attends some meetings to report on the activities of The Friends.

 

It is important to note that whilst governors may represent a particular element of the school community they are not intended or expected to represent the views of that particular group; governors should act according to what they think are the best interests of the school and bear in mind the key principles of public life:

Selflessness

Integrity

Objectivity

Accountability

Openness

Honesty

Leadership

Governors should always accept collective responsibility for all decisions taken, regardless of their personal opinion – minutes will display voting results but not assign names.  The latter is essential for ensuring mutual trust, essential for ensuring effective governance.

Notice of potential parent governor elections appear in the school newsletters.

The full governing body meets at least twice a term and holds an annual Governors’ Day in the first half of the spring term to observe in school and help in shaping the school development plan.

Governors play an important role in monitoring progress towards the school’s objectives.  Much of this work is carried out by individual governors, who are assigned to Middle Management Team Leaders.  Governors submit structured reports to the governing body on termly meetings with their linked team leaders and follow up observation visits.

Minutes of meetings and profiles for the current Governing Body are available from the Governing Body drop-down menu.

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