The Governing Body
We are pleased to welcome you to the governors’ page. We hope it will give you an insight into who we are and what we do.
Working in partnership with the Headteacher and staff, governors ensure high standards of achievement for pupils in the school. We focus on strategy and school improvement; we decide what we want the school to achieve, set priorities and monitor progress to realise these aims. We don’t act independently but together as a governing body with joint responsibility. The role of the governing body is a strategic one and its key functions are:
• Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
• Holding the Headteacher and senior staff to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• Ensuring the school remains within the budget delegated and making sure the money is well spent.
Little Milton is a Voluntary Aided School and therefore the Governing body have additional responsibilities. We make decisions on admissions and are the employers of the staff.
Who are the governors?
As we are a Church of England aided primary school, the majority of governors of the school are appointed by the church. These governors are known as foundation governors and are appointed either by the Parochial Church Council of St James’ , the church most associated with the school, or by the Oxford Diocese. In addition, the governing body is made up of the Headteacher and people from various different groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff, the local authority and the community.
The governors welcome a range of viewpoints, and make decisions together about a variety of issues. Between them the governors have a wide breadth of skills and experience enabling them collectively to support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the governing body. As a result, key professional skills are represented.
How does the governing body work?
Governors work with school staff and other stakeholders to set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school. They attend four full governing body meetings per year, as well as four committee meetings per year. The governing body is organised into two sub-committees which monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards the achievement of its strategic priorities and hold the Headteacher to account for the educational and financial performance of the school:
• Performance and Standards Committee
• Resources Committee
Governors are linked to a committee and also an area, for example Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) or a strategic priority. It is the responsibility of each governor to enrich the whole governing body’s understanding of their particular area and contribute, where appropriate, to inform decision making. In carrying out its functions each committee will receive information and advice from the headteacher and other staff and will actively seek opportunities for wider consultation where appropriate. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
Governors get to know the school through attending meetings and by visiting the school during the school day. Governors also share and celebrate the school’s special days and successes as well as ensuring that parents and the local community are informed and involved with school life.
At Little Milton, we value the close partnership and collaboration built up between the headteacher and governing body. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body. The headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expects challenge and support at a strategic level.
Becoming a Governor
Governors make a significant contribution to ensuring that every young person receives the best possible education. They are key strategic decision makers in schools. Our school is a rich and diverse community and we want our governing body to reflect that diversity. It is also important that as a group the governors have the range of skills required to fulfil their strategic responsibilities. By being part of the governing body you will be able to contribute to open debate and help the group to make majority decisions. If you would like to know more about becoming a governor, please contact the chair of governors.
Please contact the governing body through the school office on 01844 279310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governing Body Documents & Information
Governing Body Minutes (available from the school office).
*Denotes Statutory Information