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Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors - and most head teachers choose to be governors themselves.

Governing boards are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority. Appointments are for three or usually for four years. The governing board's main role is to help raise pupils' standards of achievement.

 

The Governing Board's 3 core functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
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Governors of Broughton Infant School set the aims and objectives for the school and approve the policies and set targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about staff pay
  • Being accountable for the performance of the school to the parents and wider community
  • Plans with school leaders the schools future direction
  • Approves the schools develop plan
  • Monitors and reviews the schools self-evaluation document
  • Strategically responsible for premises health & safety
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school, pupil attainment and progress together with pupil wellbeing
  • Governors  must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • Sets itself a strong code of conduct, as well as monitors and evaluates its own effectiveness

 

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates strategically. It is important they get things right. How they do their job effects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governor’s support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole. As long as they act within the law and take appropriate advice, governors are protected from any financial liability for the decisions they take.

The Governing Body

 

The school Governing Body is currently made up of 9 members with full and equal voting rights:

 

Mrs S Allum

Chair of Governors

Mr A Isaac (C) Finance
Mrs J Brooks (C) SEND and Pupil Premium
Mr C Coates (C) Teaching and Learning
Mr C Reed (H) Headteacher
Mrs Ann Lake Safeguarding Governor
Miss L Maughan (S)

Teaching and Learning

Mr J Ferris (C) Health and Safety, Finance & Personnel 

 

 

Key:

C Co-opted Governor
H Headteacher
S Staff Governor
P Parent Governor
LA Local Authority Governor

 

The Governing Body meetings 3-6 times each year and delegates much of its work to a small number of sub committees.  The sub committees are shown in the table below:

  • Curriculum - Oversees how the curriculum is delivered in the school including reviewing school performance data and the utilisation of learning resources
  • Finance & Personnel - Oversees the budget and expenditure plans, reviews actual expenditure against planned expenditure, oversees staff structure and staff roles and responsibilities
  • Health and Safety/Premises - Oversees changes to the school's physical environment and assists with Heath and Safety audits
  • The final set of 4 sub committees meet when required

 

If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the School Office.

End of Year Report/ Financial Statement - March 2019

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