At Trentside Federation the governing body is made up of a cross-section of 18 governors from the local community.
- 2 parent governors (elected by parents)
- 1 staff governor (elected by school staff)
- 1 LA Governor
- 9 co-opted governors
- 3 foundation governors
- The Head Teacher and Vicar also form part of the Governing Body as an ex officio governors
The 16 members of the governing body work closely with Mrs J. Buckle, who is responsible for the day to day running of the three schools, and school staff, to ensure that the educational provision provided is of the highest quality and standard, and enables all pupils to be successful, and reach their full potential and ability.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GOVERNING BODY
The governing body has three main roles:-
- To provide a strategic view;
- To act as a critical friend to the school;
- To ensure accountability; and plays an important part in the leadership and management of the school.
GOVERNING BODY COMMITTEES
All governing bodies have statutory functions to perform, and at Trentside Federation, the majority of these are delegated to six separate committees. Each committee has 3 – 5 members, and their composition is determined at full governor’s meetings, with a Chair elected for each one. The terms of reference, constitution and membership of each committee is reviewed annually, giving governors the opportunity to sit on different committees during their term of office – although membership tends to remain the same once governors settle into the role and in order to provide continuity and consistency. Each committee meets at least once each term, depending on agenda needs.
The Complaints Committee – This committee consists of three governors nominated by the chair. They hear any complaints with the exception of curriculum issues in line with the federation’s complaints procedure.
The Finance & Resources Committee - This committee ensures the school adheres to the requirements of the Schools' Financial Value Standard (SFVS). It is concerned with monitoring all aspects of financial management within the school, as well as ensuring accountability, and regularly reviewing the budget and expenditure.
The Personnel Committee – This committee deals with staff recruitment, matters of pay, staffing issues, discipline and grievances, and carries out the Head Teacher’s Performance Management.
Standards & Pupils Committee - This committee is concerned with supporting and monitoring all aspects of educational provision and practice within the school. Its main function is to monitor, evaluate and review teaching and learning practices and policies, the quality and standard of education, performances of all groups of learners against both national and local expectations, standards and targets, and to use the data to identify improvement priorities and set targets.
The Health & Safety Committee - This committee is principally concerned with the maintenance and improvement of the school premises. It has responsibility for school security, ensuring that health and safety guidelines are implemented, for carrying out health and safety checks, and for reporting on such matters to the full governing body.
All major issues agreed within committees, such as policy reviews and changes, are brought back to the full Governors’ Meeting, held termly, for ratification. In addition to the statutory committee work, our governing body has set up working parties to look at specific issues.
Click here to view the governor’s register of interest