Martin School Governing Body
“Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.” Source: National Governors Association
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
set the aims and objectives for the school
set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
How is the Governing Body at Martin Primary School organised?
We have a total complement of 15 Governors made up of:
6 parent governors
6 co-opted governor
1 Local Authority nominated Governor
1 staff governor
Parent, LA and Staff governors serve for 4 years and co-opted governors have a two year term of office.
In addition the Governing Body can appoint Associate Governors who have a two year term and have restricted voting rights.
There are currently 3 Associate Governors.
The Full Governing Body meets at least twice each term, once for training and once for the consideration of all Governing Body business matters. In addition much of the business is conducted through one of our three committees who meet at least once a term. They are:
Finance and resources
Wellbeing and Community
Standards and Achievement
A Pay Committee also meets as and when required.
The Chair and Vice Chair of Governors also meet with the Head on an ad hoc basis to discuss and resolve issues as they arise.