What is the Governing Body?
The Governing Body plays a key role in providing the best possible education for all its pupils. It works in the background, leaving day to day running of the school to the Headteacher and staff, and is accountable to parents and the wider community to ensure that standards are of the highest quality.
The Governing Body decides strategic policy for the school, monitors progress, sets budgets in liaison with the LA, and supports and advises those who carry out specific work. It is made up of a combination of appointed, elected and co-opted individuals.
A Governing Body does not take all decisions but delegates much of that responsibility to its sub-committees. At Gisburn Road Community Primary School these are: Standards and Effectiveness and Resources. Like the full Governing Body, they meet in a termly cycle, and report to the Full Governing Body Meeting. Individual governors accept specific responsibilities, which sometimes involve representing the Governing Body on Boroughwide organisations.
Governors usually serve a term of four years and provide their services in an unpaid capacity. The work requires commitment but is extremely rewarding. Membership is constantly changing through the expiry of terms of office and resignations forced by individual circumstances. Elections for four parent governors take place regularly, as terms of office come to an end.
The LA provides training and support for all governors and governing bodies (including advisers and clerks for full governing body meetings) which always receive praise for high quality.
Welcome to Gisburn Road Community Primary School, a School I am very proud to be associated with. My name is Caron Longden and I have been a Governor here at the School since 2009. I progressed to the Chair of Governors in 2015 and I am proud to have held this position ever since as voted by the Governing body.
The Governing body is made up of a team of volunteers. We have volunteers representing parents, staff, local authority and community. We work together as a group in a strategic role to oversee the direction and leadership of the School for which the Governing body is legally accountable. The Headteacher and the Senior Leadership team manage the school on a day-to-day basis and the governors meet regularly to look at specific projects, developments and to monitor the work of the school….Full message from our Chair of Governors
Chair of Governors
Meet the Governors
We have a diverse range of people on the Board, from parents and staff to business people and professionals from the local community. Each brings experience and insight to the group, which oversees the strategic direction of the school. The buck stops with the Governors, who are responsible for how the school is run.
“Governance is strong both in supporting and also in holding the school to account” (OFSTED 2015)
There are several categories of governor: co-opted, local authority, parent and staff governors. All governors have equal status, whatever their category. We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.
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Become a school governor
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school.
What Governors do
The Governing Body of the school takes decisive action in providing good support for the school but also providing a very good level of challenge.
Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.
Legal duties include
- setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
- approving the school budget
- reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
- appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher
There are various committees that, together with meetings of the full Governing Body, handle business throughout the year
Each term there is at least one meeting to cover each of these topics:
- Full Governing Body
- Children’s Centre
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Monitoring and Evaluation
Our Governing Body are proactive and are involved in monitoring and evaluating the school’s performance
Gisburn Road Community Primary School has a robust annual programme of governor visits to the school, focused on gathering evidence to support school self-evaluation. The information gathered during these visits enable the Governing body to:
- Fulfil their statutory duties and responsibilities
- Have a deeper understanding of the areas of strength and weakness within the school and observe the impact of school improvement actions
- Monitor the performance of the school. This helps Governors to be better informed at meetings and to support and hold to account senior leaders in order to improve pupil outcomes
- Talk to children and staff about their experiences in school
Aims for Governor monitoring and evaluation programme
The planning and implementation of this programme will result in:
- Governors will have a detailed focus on improvement strategies as well as information regarding subjects
- Statutory audits – safeguarding and inclusion
- Data analysis – This will establish the impact of school improvement priorities and identify further actions
- Involve meetings between staff and governors – formal and informal
- Learning Walks – with an agreed focus
- Discussions with children on their learning
- Reports completed by governors and shared during meetings
- Ensure that all polices are in place and regularly reviewed