The Governing Body, together with the Headteacher, staff and Local Authority, is responsible for the school. It is ambitious for the school, keen that each child achieves as much as possible through their learning here. The Governing Body drives for the school to deliver a lively curriculum which enthralls our children, and through this provides them with excellent educational experiences enabling them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.
Its members are made up of representatives from the community, from the parent body, from the staff and from the Local Authority. The Governing Body undertakes an annual self-evaluation which informs its own development for the coming year.
The key roles of Governors are:
1) To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2) To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. Governors monitor and challenge the work of the school in achieving its priorities.
3) To oversee the financial performance and probity of the school and make sure its money is well spent. To ensure the premises are well managed.
Governors achieve this through:
- together with staff agreeing the principles and values for the school;
- receiving information about the school’s performance and comparing it with past performance, national averages and ‘similar’ schools;
- contributing to the school self-evaluation process;
- with senior staff, establishing where the school’s strengths and weaknesses are
- deciding the priorities for improvement;
- ensuring the school Development Plan sets out the actions, targets and timescales to meet priorities;
- monitoring the implementation of the Development Plan through, for instance, meeting with staff and pupils, and receiving regular reports from senior staff;
- evaluating progress and achievements.
The governing body is organised into committees, each taking a particular focus:
- leadership and achievement,
- finance and premises,
- vision, values and communication.
The full Governing Body meets at least five times a year. The Chairs of Committees, together with the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors, make up the School Development Plan Committee. All other Governors sit on committees, according to their interests and skills. Some Governors have individual responsibility for linking with specific aspects of the curriculum and school organisation.
Becoming a Governor
The Governing Body is an integral part of Minchinhampton Church of England Academy leadership structure. The internal management and control of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher, Nick Moss. Rather than manage, Governors are there to help shape the future direction and reinforce the drive for providing the best possible education for all. To be effective, we need to respect the different responsibilities of the Principal, the Governing Body and the Diocesan Trustees for the Academy, and know our school well. This means that as well as being in meetings we attend school events, visit the academy to see it in action, meet and listen to the views of pupils, staff and parents, and are involved in budgetary decision making, appointments and admissions. You will be made very welcome.
The role of a school Governor is a demanding but very rewarding one. Governors come from all walks of life and have a range of important skills which can add value to the school. They are parents, staff and local people, volunteers drawn from across the community, ambitious to realise our aims – providing education of the highest quality locally, preparing our children with the skills and character needed to make the very best start in their next phase of education and life. The role is about helping the whole school to move to excellence, not just concerned with the interests of those children they know within the school. It is important that you can work as part of a team to drive for the best for each and every one of our children. Becoming a Governor is a big commitment. You will have skills and experience which will be very useful to the school; becoming a Governor gives you the opportunity to share them. Once a new Governor has started an induction meeting will be held with you and the Chair of Governors. You will meet with Nick Moss, our Headteacher, and be given an overview of the school. You will be expected to undertake a one day induction course to ensure you understand the role and can help make a positive difference to the Governing Body. You will attend full Governing Body meetings as well as those of the committee(s) to which you become a member. Training will be provided for any new areas you become responsible for. You will have the opportunity to meet with other Governors from Diocesan trust schools and share and develop expertise.