The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key 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
Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and 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, including making decisions about pay
- 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
Governors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Chair: Ms Wendy Smith
Vice Chair: Mrs Aamna Javed
Clerk: Mrs Dee Howley
Staff Governors: Dr Jeremy Hannay (Headteacher), Mrs Stefanie McGeoghan, Ms Sharlene Brown
Co-Opted Governors: Ms Nora Beno, Mr Denzil Baisden, Mr Michael Mehta, Mr Dibyajit Majumder, Ms Imane Maghrani
Parent Governors: Dr Valentina Vitiello, Mrs Aamna Javed
Local Authority Governor: Ms Wendy Smith
Strategic Development Committee: Dr Hannay (Headteacher), Ms Smith (Chair), Mr Baisden, Mr Mehta, Mrs Javed, Ms Brown
Education Strategy Committee: Dr Hannay (Headteacher), Mrs McGeoghan, Ms Smith, Ms Beno (chair), Dr Vitiello, Mr Majumder, Ms Maghrani
Committee Terms of Reference
Governor Responsible for INCLUSION & SAFEGUARDING: Wendy Smith
Governor Responsible for Health & Safety: Denzil Baisden
Declaration of Business & Personal Interests
This is a statutory document for the Governing Body to ensure that governors not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.
Governors are required to complete a 'Declaration of Business Interests' on appointment and this declaration is reviewed annually. These are maintained as a Register of Business / Pecuniary Interests. Additionally, as an item on the agenda of every Governing Body and committee meeting, Governors are required to state whether they have any such interests.
The register enables governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions which they make.