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What does a Governing body do?

Hillbourne Primary School Governing Body

 

The Governing Body of Hillbourne Primary School works with the Headteacher to shape the future of the school and to ensure high standards of achievement for all of our children.

 

Governing bodies have a very wide range of powers and responsibilities covering three key areas:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

    In an effective governing body, Governors:

  • understand their strategic role, building a productive and supportive relationship with the Headteacher, while holding them to account for pupil performance and taking hard strategic decisions based on objective data

  • ensure they have the necessary skills and commitment, including challenging to bring about improvements and hold leaders to account for pupil performance

  • appoint an effective chair to lead and manage the Governing Body

  • appoint a high quality independent clerk to advise them on their functions and duties, and ensure the governing body operates efficiently and effectively
  • regularly measure their effectiveness and make changes as necessary to improve their performance.

 

Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. This is the job of the Headteacher.

 

Hillbourne Governing Body has 12 members including the Headteacher. Individual governors take on specific roles and report back, as appropriate, to the full Governing Body or to one of the two main committees which are Curriculum & Pupil-Related and Resources.

 

Governing bodies are made up of all sorts of skilled people who contribute in many different and complementary ways.

 

Almost anyone can be a Governor, unless they are:

  • under 18, or

  • disqualified because of such things as bankruptcy or recent prison sentence

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