Welcome to the governor section of Breadsall Hill Top Primary. I do hope that you enjoy browsing through our governor section and learning more about our role as Governors.
We believe strongly that ‘together we will exceed expectations’ and ‘together we will govern’.
We are very passionate and ambitious for our children, our staff and our wider community. We joined Transform Trust in the summer of 2017 and together we are on a journey of improvement to make our school the best it can be.
We are striving for quality first teaching to ensure that our children have access to learning that is stimulating, engaging, exciting and fun. We want our children to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. We want staff to feel invested in and supported and we will challenge them to ensure that our children are successful. Finally, we want our parents/carers to be confident and secure that their child is getting the best possible education and learning experience.
School Governance – our role
“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance”.
“Boards must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination”, DfE Governance Handbook, January 2017
As well as our Full Governing Body meetings we have two Committees which are the main conduit for the work of the Governors. Our structure is:
· Full Governing Board – this is where we ensure that we are fulfilling our statutory duties, monitoring progress against the school priorities, safeguarding, health & safety, risks and reviewing how effective we are as a governing body.
· Standards – this is where we look at all things data in terms of how the school is doing based on children’s attainment and progress, quality of teaching and learning, attendance and behaviour etc.
· Finance and Resources – this is where we look at all things to do with the school finances, including ensuring that we have an appropriate staffing structure in order to deliver our curriculum, how we spend our pupil premium and sports premium and how we ensure that we are meeting financial regulations and achieving best value.
Details of which Governors are on which Committee are given in the document section below.
When do we meet?
The Full Governing Board normally meets once a term. Our Committees also meet at least once per term. Dates of our meetings are also given in the document section below.
What do we actually do?
We will support the school with developing its vision, setting the purpose and aims of the school and agreeing school priorities within an agreed policy framework.
We also, along with the Trust, appoint and conduct the performance management of the Headteacher. We also serve on a range of different panels that may be needed for appeals such as school admissions, pay and disciplinary matters for both children and staff.
We monitor the school and evaluate the work by undertaking school visits to see evidence in practice and we then review these at our meetings, feeding back to the Headteacher on our findings.
The Government has clearly outlined the core functions for school governors:
It also launched in January 2017: ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’. This document outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance, but in brief can be shown as: