What does the Governing Body do?
The Governing Body work together as a corporate body. Governors do not have any powers as individuals except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific function to that individual, or where regulations specify that a function is to be exercised in a particular way. The governing body exercises its authority collectively.
Governors play an important part in overseeing the running of the school in the interests of the community it serves.
It is only the full Governing Body which has legal duties and powers. All governors share in that corporate responsibility.
The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff. The values and vision for leading the school are shared between the Governing Body, Headteacher and senior leadership team.
Governors govern rather than manage. They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role.
All governors are volunteers. Governors do not need to be education experts. The most effective governors listen, think and ask questions.
At Castlewood School the governors have a key role to play in helping the school to provide the best possible education for all its pupils. We work closely with Mrs Slocombe to make decisions about:
- Standards – ensuring a strategic and systematic approach to promoting high standards of educational achievement
- Targets – setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement
- Curriculum – ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, and that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught
- Policies – deciding how, in broad strategic terms, the school should be run
- Finance – determining how to best use resources allocated to the school
- Staffing – deciding the number of staff, the pay policy and making decisions on staff pay
- Appointments – appointing the head and deputy head teacher and other staff
- Discipline – agreeing procedures for staff conduct and discipline
- Pupil Discipline – agreeing procedures for pupil discipline
- Self-evaluation – understanding how well the school is doing and identifying areas for improvement
- Developing partnerships – ensuring the school works effectively with other partners
- Community links – keeping the school at the heart of its community.
We have two committees which the governors sit on. Each committee meets once every half term. We also meet once a term for the Full Governors Board Meeting. Our meetings are usually on a Thursday evening and last for about two hours. Our meeting in the Summer Term involves a day spent in school.
The Resources Committee covers finance, premises, health and safety, safeguarding and staffing. The Quality and Standards Committee covers (amongst other areas) the school curriculum, target setting and monitoring of the school improvement plan.
We don't just sit in meetings! We are proactively involved in the life of the school so we assist with events such as The Blackberry Fair in the Autumn Term, running a stall at the Southwater Fete in the Summer Term, providing a crèche for Parents Evening twice a year, supporting the staff at new parent induction events, going on school trips, and celebrating special events such as Easter and Christmas.