All schools in England have to have a governing body and its role is set out in law. The main functions of the Governing Body are:
- To set the strategic direction of the school;
- To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school
- To ensure good use of the schools financial resources.
We want our School to be Outstanding; to be a School where everyone is able to achieve their best, feel safe and enjoy learning.
About Our Governing Body
There are 10 places on the Governing Body for Fairstead;
- 2 staff members
- 1 Local authority appointee
- 2 parent governors
- 5 co-opted governors
As we are a small governing body we have a simple structure; the full governing body meets at least once a term and we also have once termly performance focussed meetings which the whole governing body attend. The performance meetings are used to monitor, evaluate, adapt and develop the School Improvement Plan.
In addition to these 2 meetings we have a staffing committee and a Head Teacher performance management committee.
Each Governor brings valuable experiences, skills and knowledge to their role. To make the most of this expertise and to support the school, Head Teacher and senior leadership team as best we can each governor has 2 portfolio or link governor roles.
For example we have a link Governor for SEN-D, Safeguarding, Finance, EAL, More Able children and so on. Each Governor is also linked to a year group, this gives the Governors an opportunity to better understand how the school works and see for themselves how funding, interventions and polices agreed by the Governing Body are being put into action.
Further details can be found in the document; Governing Body Terms of Reference.
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents if you wish to contact us please email: Vicky Etheridge, Chair of the Governing Body email@example.com