The Governing Body’s Role and Responsibilities
Information & The Governing Body
Published on - 06-12-2018
Governors at Brighton Hill Community School take their role very seriously and have high expectations and ambition for the school.
The three main functions of the Governing Body are:
- Setting the strategic direction
- Agreeing the vision and ethos of the school
- Talking about standards achieved by students
- Looking at data on student progress/test/exam results
- Receiving and discussing reports from the Headteacher
- Considering parent, staff and student surveys too see what they think of the curriculum and aspects of the school
- Checking what was said about the school at the last Ofsted inspection and actions taken
- Creating robust accountability and challenge
- Asking questions about why some groups of children do better than others
- Agreeing with the Headteacher what actions the school will take to address areas of weakness and setting deadlines for reporting to governors on actions and impact
- Ensuring the safety of all students and staff in line with national expectations
- Making sure the school’s procedures fit with legal requirements
- Explaining to Ofsted and parents what the school is doing to address priority issues
- Financial Probity
- Using appropriate audit systems to annually check the school’s financial systems
- Ensuring that the school’s spending priorities are driven by school improvement issues
- Monitoring whether money allocated to the school helps specific children and actually makes a difference to their progress and achievement.
How do we fulfil that role?
- We are committed to Brighton Hill Community School and want the best for our students and staff
- We meet the expectations identified in the school’s ‘Code of Conduct’ policy
- We work as a team
- We all have equal rights to participate
- We share our views while respecting the views of others to make a difference for all the students at our school
- We promote the interests of the school in the wider community and remain loyal to decisions made by the Governing Body
- We respect the confidentiality of the Governing Body
- We take responsibility for our own learning and development as a governor including attending governor training
- We support new governors in their role
There is an ambitious improvement plan for our school that will build on our strengths. We are using the current Ofsted descriptors for outstanding provision to measure progress in the following areas:
- To develop the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- To develop students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare
- Improve student outcomes
- Improve Leadership and Management
The Governing Body regularly reviews progress towards these targets and the actual impact on our students and outcomes at each of our meetings.
We expect respectful and courteous behaviour between staff and students so that all can learn and that the school promotes equality, tolerance and British values.
To fulfil these requirements and to ensure the statutory policies and documentation that give the school its framework are in place, we have two main committees; Staff & Student Wellbeing and Finance/Environment. We also have committees to consider the Headteacher’s Performance Management and the Performance and Pay of School Staff.
At Governing Body meetings, we concentrate on student outcomes and the provision for disadvantaged students as well as safeguarding, attendance, exclusions and behaviour. We receive presentations from senior leaders and other school staff, consider the views of parents and students and report back our own findings through our planned visits to school.
The Governing Body and committees meet half termly.
If you want to talk to the Chair of the Governing Body, Mrs Jane Pratt, please speak to the School Office for her contact details.