The Governing Body
To many parents, the role of the Governors is a bit of a mystery. But the governing body of the school is legally responsible for many aspects of how the school works, and the education your children receive.
What is the Governing Body?
The Governing body is a legal entity made up of elected and appointed members of the community and is responsible, with the Head Teacher and staff, for the management of the school, ensuring that the school provides all of its pupils with a high quality education.
It is made up of representatives elected or appointed from many groups in the local community :
- Parent governors – elected to represent you as parents of our children
- Local Authority (LA) governors – appointed by Durham, the local authority that maintains the school
- Community governors – live or work in the community served by the school
- Staff governors – members of teaching or non-teaching staff, and including the Head Teacher
What do we do?
Working with the Head Teacher and staff, the governing body is responsible for the management of the school, ensuring that the school provides all of its pupils with a high quality education, including:
- maintaining high standards of achievement for the school so that pupils achieve to their potential
- setting goals for the school, making plans to achieve them, and monitoring progress
- helping to set, and keep under review, policies that provide a broad framework within which the Head Teacher and staff run the school
- ensuring systems are in place to monitor progress towards goals and targets.
The governing body delivers these collectively as a whole and in smaller committees, meeting regularly in order to address such issues as school improvements, financial management, curriculum assessment and legislation compliance.
The Board usually meets once each half-term, and its sub-committees meet at least once per term to focus in particular areas.