The Governing Board has three core functions for its school, as set out in the 2017 Department for Education’s Governors’ Handbook:
- Ensuring clarity of ethos, vision and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors’ role is strategic in nature and we do not get involved in the day-to-day management of the School, responsibility for which lies with the Head Teacher. The Governing Board works closely in partnership with the Head Teacher with specific focus on matters pertaining to strategy and school improvement. As part of our role, we also agree the principles guiding School policies and actively monitor and evaluate how the policy framework is applied within School. We also have responsibility for reviewing and approving the School budget to ensure financial sustainability, probity and value for money and monitoring progress against this throughout the year.
Some key areas are outside of the Governors’ remit such as the admission of pupils to the school which is controlled by Bradford LEA.
The Governance of the school is divided between committees which have specific remits in overseeing the performance of the School. The committees look at Finance, Personnel and Premises (sometimes referred to as “Resources”) and Learning, Teaching and Pupil Support (sometimes referred to as “Standards”). Over time, Governors may take on additional responsibilities to support a particular strategic priority of the school (e.g. part of the curriculum or Key Stage), a project (e.g. connected to buildings or I.T.) or to meet a particular statutory responsibility (e.g. special educational needs or looked after children). Having these additional responsibilities enables Governors to learn more about the school and contribute in different ways.
A Governor is often referred to as a “critical friend”, offering support and challenge to the Head Teacher and staff, whilst aiming for continuous improvement in educational outcomes for all children within the school.