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Structure and Remit of the Governing Body

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets every half term and is chaired by Louise Wood. West Kirby Primary does not have committees as a structure; however, at times sub-groups are formed to fulfil specific tasks.

In addition, the Pay Committee meets annually to review pay decisions following staff appraisal.

The Department for Education (DfE) guidance brings together essential information from a range of sources on the governing body’s roles and legal responsibilities. 

Maintained schools governance guide - Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The core functions of the governing body are as set out in (regulation 6) and include, but are not limited to ensuring:

  • that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
  • that the headteacher performs their responsibilities for the educational performance of the school
  • the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources

A governing body and its governors must, as required by The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, regulation 6(2):

  • act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school
  • be open about the decisions they make and the actions they take and shall be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to interested parties

The governing body also has legislative responsibility and strategic oversight for the school’s safeguarding arrangements.

Effective governance in maintained schools is based on;

  • Strategic Leadership 
  • Accountability 
  • People 
  • Governance Structures
  • Compliance 
  • Evaluation 

Term of Reference for the Full Governing Body may be downloaded below.