The role of the Governing Body is strategic and, as set out in the Governors Handbook 2017, is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
Governance is not about fundraising, neither is it about cheer-leading for the school, although governors might do those things. Governors monitor and evaluate the progress of the school towards achievement of its aims and objectives, and act as a critical friend and source of challenge and support to the Headteacher.
The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.
The GB has three core functions:
The Governors Handbook provides clear and detailed responsibilities and expectations of the Department for Education (DfE) for all Governors.
Our Governing Body’s Instrument of Governance confirms our GB composition as:
14 governors in total, comprising 8 Foundation Governors, 3 parent governors, 1 LA Governor, the Headteacher and 1 Staff Governor.
The term of office for all Foundation Governors is 3 years, while all other categories of Governors have a 4-year term. The Headteacher remains a member of the GB throughout the term of headship.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. Parent governors are representative parents, not the representatives of parents.
The Full Governing Body meets at least 3 times each year (once every term) and delegates some of its responsibilities to its Committees. In order to fulfil their responsibilities, every Governor belongs to at least one of the committees which oversee different aspects of school life.
Our GB has three standing committees with other sub-committees or working groups convened as required:
After serving as a governor at St Monica's for nearly eight years, I have the privilege of becoming the Chair of Governors and carrying forward the batten from Tim Hart and Christine Rodgers. I look forward to working with Amanda Ruthven and the rest of the team in what will be an interesting period in education and ensuring that St Monica's is ideally placed to face all future challenges and change.
Chair of Governors