The Governing Body
The Governing Body is a group of elected and co-opted volunteers who represent the whole school community and are responsible for many aspects of leadership and management. Governors support and challenge school based leaders to ensure that every child at St Margaret Clitherow makes excellent educational progress and continues to “Aim Higher” throughout their lives.
Governing Bodies have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff;
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
A full outline of the statutory work of Governing Bodies is outlined in the latest January 2015 version of the DfES Governors’ Handbook.
From March 2013, our Governors have adopted the National Governors’ Association Code of Conduct which outlines the values and conduct required for this public duty.
Some examples of governors’ duties include:
- Agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring they are worked towards
- Agreeing the strategic aims of the School Improvement Plan and evaluating regular updates on progress.
- Appointing and performance managing the Headteacher
- Keeping the performance management targets of all teaching staff under review
- Setting targets for pupils’ performance and submitting results to the Local Authority (LA).
- Agreeing how the delegated school’s budget is to be used each year deciding, in consultation, how sex education and religious education should be taught in the school appointing panels to deal with official complaints and exclusions deciding what charges should be made for activities outside school hours.
- Ensuring the school complies with the equality duties set out in Government legislation
- Ensuring that the school is compliant with all the Statutory Duties required by the Department for Education.
The Headteacher, the Bursar and other senior staff formally report to the full Governing Body each term and there are a range of processes for consulting on issues throughout the year.
You can contact the Governing Body by writing to the Chair of Governors, Mrs Mary Boyle*via the school office. Governors very much welcome thoughts, ideas and issues that the school community would like to discuss and thank parents for their valuable contributions to Annual Questionnaires and Parent View.
There are sub committees, that meet more often, which members of the governing body are elected onto. For instance there is a curriculum committee, finance committee, intake committee and even the newly formed new build committee.
Governors are not paid for doing this job, they give up their time voluntarily. They have many difficult decisions to make. They support the headteacher in her decisions to ensure that the school is run smoothly and effectively.
Please click here for current information about our governors. Please note that this document is subject to change.