What do Governors do?
The governors act to support the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school, and supporting and listening to staff and parents.
The governing board, working on behalf of the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust, is responsible for the overall management of the school ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the headteacher to account for educational performance; overseeing the financial performance of the school – making sure it’s money is well spent. At the same time having due regard to all of the relevant legislation.
The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser, who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.
School governors help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils:
- thinking and working strategically to help raise standards;
- monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets;
- supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations;
- accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.
How are the governors organised at Horsington Church School?
As a full governing board we meet at least once each half term. We also have five committees with specific responsibilities. These committees meet additionally to the full governing body. Our current committees are:-
- Policies and Procedures Committee; responsible for ensuring all relevant policies are in place, reviewed and challenged on a regular basis. Ensuring the school and all occupants are safe (including risk assessments and regular health and safety review), and that the premises are maintained.
- Finance and Human Resources Committee; responsible for staffing issues and relevant policies, including pay, appointments and performance management. The committee determines the annual budget and accounts for expenditure.
- Pay Committee; this is a new committee in place from September 2013. The committee is responsible for reviewing performance related pay for teaching staff.
- Admissions Committee: responsible for acting on behalf of the Bath and Wells MAT, as the admissions authority for the academy.
- Ethos Committee: Every member of the governing body sits on this committee. This committee ensures that as a church school we maintain and develops the school’s Ethos statement, in accordance with its Mission Statement
We also have working parties that usually meet once a term, these groups have specific responsibilities:-
- Hall/Fundraising Working Party– looking into to raising funds to build a school hall.
- Newsletter Working Party– responsible for producing the termly online governors’ newsletter, to keep our staff and parents up to date with the work the governors and school.
- E-Safety Working Party – ensuring that the school’s IT systems are “water-tight” and our children, staff and wider community know how to stay safe on-line.