The purpose of governance
Gorsemoor County Primary School Governing Board has three core strategic functions:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Effective governance is based on six key features:
Strategic leadership that ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategy to support and strengthen the school leadership.
Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance, e.g. monitoring the use of Pupil Premium.
People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements, such as regard to Safeguarding, Health and Safety, the Curriculum and Finance.
Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.
The strategic role of school governors is set out in The School Governance Regulations 2013. “Governors Handbook” produced by the Department of Education.
The Governing Board has reviewed their constitution.
The Governing Board and Committees
The Full Governing Body meets ten times a year. We have changed our committee structure to improve our effectiveness. We have a First Committee, Second Committee (both requiring non-
Governors carry out visits to the School to meet with staff and students, work with the Strategic Leadership Team and Departmental Heads and undertake activities to support their evaluation of the School's work.
The First Committee has oversight of roles and structure of staffing/pay, pupil exclusions and complaints.
The Second Committee oversees appeals.
The Head Performance Management Committee appraises the Headteacher annually.
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