Structure and Remit of the Governing Body

Structure and Remit of the Governing Body

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets termly.

The Governing Body has 3 main committees:

  1. Curriculum and pupils well-being
  2. Staffing
  3. Finance and Premises which meet termly and report back to the Full Governing Body, which also meets termly.

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

There are a number of other committees that meet occasionally if needed and these are listed on the Committee Membership document which can be downloaded on the About our Governors page of the website. Member of other working groups may be set up when needed to address or discuss particular issues or research a particular area and report back to the full governing body.

The Department for Education (DfE )sets out the role and functions of the School Governing Body in The Governors Handbook  and extracts are included below:

The Governors are responsible for 3 core functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Core Features of Effective Governance include:

 • The right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an effective chair and an explicit code of conduct, and with active succession planning;

• Clear governance structures with tightly defined remits, particularly in relation to functions delegated to committees or other bodies;

• Clear separation between the strategic and operational in terms of the role of the board and its school leaders;

• A positive relationship between the board and its school leaders enabling robust constructive challenge on the basis of a good understanding of objective data particularly on pupil progress, staff performance and finances;

• The support and advice of an independent and professional clerk and, in the case of academies, company secretary;

• Robust processes for financial and business planning and oversight and effective controls for compliance, propriety and value for money; and

• Processes for regular self-evaluation, review and improvement including; skills audits, training and development plans, and independent external reviews as necessary.

The Curriculum and Pupil Well-being Committee usually meets termly and has responsibility for:

  1. Monitoring the implementation of the School Curriculum, including RE, SRE       Collective Worship and provision outside of school hours, and ensuring that all statutory requirements in relation to the curriculum are met, including assessment and reporting.
  2. Monitoring and evaluating pupil progress and attainment data and monitoring the impact of SEND interventions, Pupil Premium and PE premium expenditure.
  3. Monitoring attendance, behaviour and the safeguarding of all pupils.
  4. Monitoring the effectiveness of partnerships and communication with parents, considering the views of parents.
  5. Monitoring and reviewing policies and procedures relating to any of the above including the School Development Plan and School self- evaluation.

The Staffing Committee usually meets termly and has responsibility for:

  1. Agreeing the staffing structure for the school
  2. Approving the recruitment process for all new staff, including job descriptions and taking an active part in the recruitment process for teachers
  3. Ensuring the annual appraisal of all teachers and monitoring the performance and professional development of all staff to ensure that training needs are accurately identified and effectively addressed. Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the School Development Plan and School Self- evaluation to ensure that staffing is sufficient and
  4. Monitoring and reviewing policies and procedures relating to Staffing including the Teacher Appraisal Policy.

The Finance and Premises Committee usually meets termly and has responsibility for:

  1. Agreeing the budget (including expenditure of the Pupil Premium and PE premium funds) and 3 year projections taking account of school priorities identified in the School Development Plan, then monitoring expenditure termly to ensure best value.
  2. Monitoring the expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body and ensuring that these are audited annually.
  3. Monitoring financial procedures to ensure they are rigorously adhered to, including receiving financial audit reports and checking follow up actions are completed.
  4. To approve expenditure for goods/ services costing between £3000-£15000
  5. To monitor and advise the FGB on health and safety matters
  6. To oversee repairs and maintenance, the school building plan and accessibility plan
  7. To oversee the use of the buildings by outside providers and the local community, in line with school policies and procedures
  8. Monitoring and reviewing policies and procedures relating to Finance and Premises, including Charging and Remissions and Health and Safety.

The Pay Committee usually meets annually and has responsibility for:

  1. Considering the headteacher’s recommendations for pay progression, taking into account the outcomes of Appraisal and in the accordance with the Pay Policy .
  2. Agreeing the Pay Policy on an annual basis

The Full Governing Body (FGB) usually meets termly, and the Terms of Reference for the FGB may be downloaded below: