What does the governing body (or ‘GB’) do?
The GB is responsible for making sure that the school performs effectively. It does not ‘run’ the school – this is clearly the job of our head-teacher – but it is responsible for making sure that it is run as best as it possibly can.
How does it do this?
It does this by working closely with the head-teacher and other key stakeholders such as the local authority (HCC), Ofsted, the parents and the community. It meets regularly and makes decisions collectively as a team. Our GB delegates much of its work to committees, who review areas in much greater detail and then make recommendations to the GB. Throughout, it makes use of relevant guidance, papers, observations and input from stakeholders, and – most importantly – on the professional guidance of the head-teacher and the school’s senior management team.
Where can I find out more?
Please talk to any of our governors – we would be delighted to explain! Our responsibilities may appear onerous and complicated (they are!), but, by approaching them in a structured and appropriate way, your GB is confident of success. In particular, we like to describe our role as being on three different levels:
More information is available through the HCC website here [LINK http://www.hertsdirect.org/scholearn/supporting/governors/newgovernor/roles/].
What Committees do we have in place at Our Lady?
We have three committees. These are:
In addition, the GB appoints various panels in order to objectively consider any complaints which may be made to the school (Complaints Panel) or to assess the performance of the head-teacher (Performance Review Panel).
Our Terms of Reference Policy [LINK] provides more information on the work of our committees.
How are governors appointed at Our Lady?
There are 14 governors in your GB. At any point in time, the appointments should be as follow:
From time to time, the GB will ‘co-opt’ (or appoint) a governor because it is made aware of a particular expertise or interest which is made available.