How We Work

Our work is conducted through Governing Body meetings and by visiting school on a formal and informal basis.

The full Governing Body meets three times a year - generally for no more than two hours.

Each individual governor is a member of the full Governing Body which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Body.

The minutes of Governing Body meetings are public documents. Please click here to view the latest approved minutes.

The main Governing Body is supported by two sub-committees which meet three times a year and these are the 'work engines' of the Governing Body:

  1. Curriculum & Standards Committee
  2. Finance & resources Committee

The main focus of the Curriculum & Standards Committee is to:

  • Monitor and review pupil and school performance, pupil behaviour & attendance
  • Monitor and review the quality of teaching
  • Ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all students and consider any disapplications
  • Consider and approve admission arrangements

The main focus of the Finance & Resources Committee is to:

  • Draft the annual budget plan of each financial year and review it on a termly basis
  • Monitor and review the three year financial plan
  • Implement a pay policy and annually review staff salaries
  • Review staffing structures
  • Advise the full Governing Body on health & safety, maintenance and development of the school building and environment

As well as sitting on the main Governing Body, governors will be a member of at least one of the committees.

In addition, individual governors take a lead in specific areas such as Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Student Voice and Governor Training.

Some of our governors have formal links with the different curriculum areas. Governors meet with the Curriculum Area Leader twice a year to offer support and challenge with curriculum planning and development. As part of this role, governors meet with staff, attend staff meetings and other curriculum events and sit in on lessons as an observer. Curriculum area links are a very important part of our work because they provide governors with the opportunity to see school life in practice and talk directly with students and staff.

We also attend public events such as school Open Evening, school performances and concerts, sports events and the annual awards achievement evening.