The Governing Body
The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.
Instrument of Government: Monks Orchard Primary School
"The Governing Body" shall consist of:
- 2 Parent governors
- The Headteacher
- 1 Staff governor
- 1 Local Authority governor
- 10 Co-opted governors
The Headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.
The Staff governor is elected by the school staff and must be employed to work at the school under a contract of employment.
Parent governors are elected by parents of children at the school, or if insufficient numbers are elected, can be appointed by the governing body to fill any remaining vacancies.
The Local Authority governor is nominated by the Local Authority but appointed by the governing body.
Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body based on skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
The Governing Body meets once every month, as a Full Governing Body, where the ongoing business of the governing body and the school are discussed, reported on and where decisions are taken by a majority vote. Most of the work of governors is done at this level.
The Headteacher of the school is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.
Schools generally have a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.
Governors must appoint the headteacher, and may be involved in the appointment of other staff.
Governors also have a role in monitoring the school's progress, and in setting annual targets for the school's performance and for the headteacher (and ensuring that the headteacher sets targets for other staff).
Governors must review school exclusions in certain circumstances, and have the power to reinstate an excluded pupil or reduce the term of the exclusion.