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Governance

What is the role of a Local Governing Body?

The role of the Local Governing Body is a strategic one; its three core functions are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, with the support and challenge of The Active Learning Trust and the school’s Local Governing Body.

The Local Governing Body acts in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation agreed by the Trust Board; this sets out the duties and functions the Trust Board asks the Local Governing Body to carry out on its behalf.

Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the Local Governing Body; decisions are the collective responsibility of the Local Governing Body.

Please click here to read in more detail the roles & responsibilities of governors.

Who is on our Local Governing Body?

Our LGB is made up of the following:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 2 governors elected by parents
  • 2 governors elected by staff (one teaching and one support staff)
  • 5 governors appointed from the local community by the Trust

Please click here to view a register of our current governors detailing: who appointed them, their term of office, date of appointment, date of resignation (where applicable), committee membership, link governor role (where applicable) and their attendance over the last academic year.

Please click here to view a register of our governors’ pecuniary and business interests.  The publication of this information ensures that governors, or their immediate family, will not benefit financially or otherwise from their involvement in decisions taken directly by the Local Governing Body or under delegated arrangements.

Please click here to view our governors’ profiles; these detail the considerable experience and skills our governors bring to their role.

What does our Local Governing Body do?

The Local Governing Body, the Finance & Premises Committee and the Personnel & Communications Committee meet on a half-termly basis. Governors will generally sit on one of these committees, depending on the skills and experience they bring to the role.  Other committees (e.g. Discipline Committee) will be convened as-and-when needed.

Some governors have taken on link governor roles: Safeguarding, Attendance and Health & Safety.  They will meet with their nominated staff lead at the school to discuss practice and developments in these specific areas. Link governors will then report back to the full Local Governing Body. To read a full description of these roles, please click here.

Governors will also attend information and training sessions provided by the Trust to enable them to develop and strengthen their skills and knowledge.

Please click here for a full list of our meeting dates for 2017-18, or refer to the diary listing on the website.

Please click here to read the approved minutes from our Local Governing Body meetings.

Governor Monitoring

Our Local Governing Body provides challenge and support, as appropriate, to ensure effective leadership of the school, and to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school in its delivery of agreed strategic aims. In order to fulfil this duty governors will carry out regular monitoring visits.

Please click here to look at the monitoring our governors have carried out over the last few years. 

Governor Questionnaires

As a part of governor monitoring, our governors will periodically ask parents to complete a questionnaire so that they can collect parent views.  This may be around a particular theme (e.g. communication or homework) or may be general parent perceptions (based on Ofsted’s Parent View questionnaire). Please click here to view the results of the latest questionnaire and click here to view the Local Governing Body’s response to the comments raised by parents on the latest questionnaire.