The Role of the Governing Body
The Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation Governing Body provide strategic leadership and accountability in both schools. Its main functions are to;
- To provide a strategic overview that ensures the pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.
- Act as a “critical friend” of the school by providing the Executive Head, Head of Schools and staff with support, advice and information and monitor and evaluate to school’s effectiveness and promote the interests of the school and pupils.
- To ensure accountability. We are accountable to parents, pupils, the community, the Local Authority and Ofsted.
It is also responsible for many important decisions in the running of the school. These include:
- Appointing the Executive Head, Heads of School, and Deputy Headteachers. Governors are also involved in the appointment of teaching staff as appropriate.
- Agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring the national curriculum is implemented.
- Determining how the school’s budget is to be used each year.
- Dealing with official complaints and exclusions.
Our governing body includes:
- 1 governor nominated by the local authority;
- The Executive Headteacher;
- 1 elected staff governor;
- 2 elected parent governors; and
- 12 co-opted governors
The staff governor is elected by the staff and normally serves for 4 years.
The parent governors are elected to serve the Governing Body by parents of each school and normally serve for 4 years. Parent governors are pleased to hear about views and ideas and can be contacted in writing via the school office.
The co-opted governors are invited onto the Governing Body, by the Governing Body, to add areas of expertise and to represent the local community.
A full list of the governors as well as information about their appointment, committee membership, attendance, and the Register of Business interests is available below.
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The Governing Body can be contacted by writing to the Chair of Governors, currently Ms Jean Branch, via the school office.
How Do I Become a Governor?
Can I become a school governor? Yes, anybody over 18 who has a child of school age. All applicants are subject to checks to ensure the safety and protection of the young people in our school.
How much time does it take? Meetings are held once every term at the end of the school day and usually last and hour and a half. However, this may vary depending on the amount of committee work that you choose to do. Governors act as a team and support each other by taking on additional roles in order to be as effective as possible.
How do I find out more? Please contact the school office who will be able to provide you with more information
A Guide for Newly Appointed Governors of State Schools, published by the National Governors’ Association