The Role of the Governors
The Governors have a general responsibility for the effective oversight of the management of the school and for determining the policies of the school, within the framework set by national legislation.
The Governing Body is responsible for the conduct of the school and aims to promote high standards of educational achievement. It is the school’s accountable body and, as such:
- Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the aims and purpose of the school;
- Acts as a critical friend to the school;
- Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Head Teacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school’s improvement strategy;
- Holds the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information being made available to the community as appropriate
In order to do this, governors need knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings and by getting to know their school community; for example, through a small number of visits to the school during the school day. Governors need to work together as a team under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing Body.
Membership of the Governing Body
The Instrument of Government sets out the composition of the school’s Governing Body. All governors are appointed for a period of four years. The composition of the school’s Governing Body is as follows:
3 Parent Governors; 1 Local Authority Governor; 1 Staff Governor; 1 Head; 7 Co-Opted Governors; 2 Partnership Governors.
Details of the Governing Body’s current Membership can be found here.
Governing Body Structure
Rednock’s Governing Body comprises of the full Governing Body itself, and an Audit & Assurance Committee.
The Governing Body meets four times a year during term time and, where necessary, will hold extraordinary meetings to deal with other urgent business. Some of the work of the Governing Body is delegated to the Audit & Assurance Committee in order to spread the work load. The minutes from this committee are brought to governing body meetings for ratification and to enable other governors to seek clarification on any issues.
Chair of Governors: Mr Ian Welch (Appointed 25th November 2020)
Vice-Chair of Governors: Mrs Di Caesar & Mr David Martin (Appointed 25th November 2020)
Assurance & Audit Committee
The Assurance & Audit Committee is a sub-committee of the Full Governing Body. The committee plays a key role in offering assurance to the Full Governing Body with regard to internal controls, risk management, health and safety and governance of the school.
Chair of Committee: Miss Katie Norton (Appointed 27th January 2021)
Vice-Chair of Committee: Mrs Sally Winterbottom (Appointed 27th January 2021)
To review the School Improvement Plan priorities and actions proposed by the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
Discipline Committee (Student)
This Committee meets as and when required to review any decisions which the Head Teacher may have made to permanently exclude a student. Although the Head Teacher can initially exclude a student, the final decision whether to uphold a permanent exclusion lies with the Discipline Committee.
Attendance at Meetings
A record of governor attendance at meetings is kept:
A copy of the attendance of members at meetings during 2019 | 2020 can be found here.
A copy of the attendance of members at meetings during 2018 | 2019 can be found here.
A copy of the attendance of members at meetings during 2017 | 2018 can be found here.
The committees’ role is to give detailed scrutiny to their respective areas of school life and to make recommendations to the Governing Body.
Link Governor Role
Individual governors are linked to areas of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and statutory link areas:
SIP Priority 3 Supportive Environment, Attendance & Safeguarding; Statutory Link – Safeguarding; Children in Care Link Governor
SIP Priority 2: Trauma Informed Practice: Statutory Link – SEND; Pupil Premium, HT Performance Management Link Governor
SIP Priority 5: Curriculum Review; GDPR Link Governor
SIP Priority 1: Back to Basics; HT Performance Management Link Governor
Priority 1: Back to Basics; Behaviour, Student Well-Being Link Governor
SIP Priority 6: Student Outcomes
SIP Priority3: Support Environment, Attendance & Safeguarding; Health & Safety Link Governor
SIP Priority 6: Student Outcomes
SIP Priority 5: Curriculum Review; Statutory Link – Careers Education & Guidance
SIP Priority 4: Literacy Skills
Categories of Governor
1. Parent Governors: Elected by other parents, or carers, of children at the school.
2. Staff Governors: Selected by election from teaching and support staff from the school.
3. Head Teacher: Member of the Governing Body by virtue of their office.
4. Local Authority Governors: Nominated by the Local Authority but appointed by the Governing Body.
5. Partnership Governors: Appointed by the Governing Body following nomination.
6. Co-Opted Governors: Appointed by the Governing Body.
7. Associate Members: Appointed by the Governing Body to serve on one or more governing body committees; not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions.
Register of Business Interests
Please click here for a copy of the current Register of Business Interests
The Chair of the Governing Body may be contacted by email, via the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs N Morrissey – email: [email protected]