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The governing body has 12 members who are elected or appointed in the categories listed below.  Governors are elected or appointed to serve for a four year term and may be re-elected or re-appointed at the conclusion of a term.  The chair and vice-chair are appointed bi-annually.  All governors act in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any remuneration for their work as school governors.

Category

Number

Additional information

Parent governors

2

Elected by parents/carers of students at the school and must themselves be a parent/carer of a current student at the time of election

Staff governor

1

Elected by members of staff and must themselves be a member of staff at the time of election and will cease to hold office if they no longer work at the school

Local authority governor

1

Nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the governing body.

Co-opted governors

7

Appointed by the governing body.

Headteacher

1

Recruited by the governing body and an ex officio member of the governing body.

Although governors are appointed or elected by reference to a category, all governors must operate in the best interest of pupils, not as representatives to lobby on behalf of their constituency. Their task is to govern the school.

The governing body 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.

 
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