Welcome to the Greswell Governing Body.
The Governing Body comprises a mixture of school staff, parents, Local Authority representatives and individuals from within the local community.
School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers the best quality education for the children. Together with the headteacher who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s strategy, aims and policies.
Key roles of governors:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
- Determining how the school’s budget is spent
- The appointing and dismissing of staff
- Hearing appeals and grievances
- Forming policy on the school’s curriculum
- Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
- Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
- Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies
All Governors are volunteers
At Greswell, we have a very proactive Governing Body that works collectively with the school senior leadership team to provide an excellent learning environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.
What is the purpose of the governing body?
The governing body provide a strategic management role, with a remit to both support and challenge the senior leadership team of the school.
Governors at Greswell are committed to provide a safe environment for children, where they have the ability to strive for excellence every day.
There are 3 key legal obligations set out by the secretary of state for Governors to:
- Define the strategic direction of the school including procedures, policies and objectives
- approve the school budget
- robustly review progress against the objectives and achievements
All Governors are volunteers. They come from a variety of backgrounds which brings a range of skills, expertise and knowledge from outside of educational environments, with which to support and challenge the school. The Local Authority provide a range of training programs which governors undertake, to ensure that they are able to carry out their role competently.
When do governors meet?
The full Governing Body meets every half term. Currently Greswell School is rated as Good with outstanding features. The aim of the School and the Governing Body is to achieve full Outstanding status as rated by Ofsted. The full Governing Body meetings are the vehicle with which we review current performance, achievements and progress of the school towards its goal. This allows the GB to ensure that all processes, methods, procedures and measures are in place, and also to identify areas for improvement which will contribute to achieving an Outstanding school.
Every half term, the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Finance Committee also meet. The finance committee meets to review the financial health of the school, and to make decisions around current and future funding. The Curriculum and Standards committee meet to review general pupil progress, the current curriculum and any changes as stipulated by the local authority. This committee has a responsibility to ensure that the teachers and teaching methods are reflective of Local Authority guidelines, and also aligned with our expectations for school and pupil performance. The curriculum committee is also responsible for ensuring compliance with Safeguarding and any changes in legislation relating to SEND reforms.
Other committees are formed on a ad-hoc basis as required.