The Governing Body
School governors are ordinary people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are the largest volunteer force in the country. The Governing Body is the school’s ‘critical friend’ and has an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of:
- setting the strategic direction of the school,
- holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its children,
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Almost anyone can become a school governor. All new governors receive training and support from the school, the Local Authority and other governors. If you are interested in assisting Oakthorpe in this way, please ask the School Office for further details.
Oakthorpe’s Governing Body is drawn from various sections of the community.
- Parent governors: 4
- Staff governors: 2 including the Headteacher
- Co-opted governors: 8
To carry out their responsibilities, governing bodies must hold at least three meetings each academic year. Oakthorpe’s Governing Body usually meets four times a year. Meetings are convened by the clerk who takes directions from the Governing Body and the Chair. Part of the agenda is set nationally, part by the local authority and part by the school itself.
Some Governors’ business is also carried out at Committee Meetings. Oakthorpe has two committees which meet termly:
- Teaching and Learning – this considers matters such as those relating to the curriculum, attendance, children’s attainment and progress
- Resources – this considers matters such as those relating to staffing, finances, health and safety, and school premises
There are also some groups/panels which meet if and when required, for example, Staff Appointments, Grievance, Performance Management, Complaints and Pupil Discipline. Each Governor is responsible for at least one subject area or aspect of the school.
Governors visit the school regularly so that they kept are informed of all aspects of school life. The Headteacher and Governing Body work in close partnership. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expects the governing body to both challenge and support the school. Acting as a ‘critical friend’, the governing body offers support and constructive advice; governors question proposals and seek further information to enable them to make sound decisions.