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The Business of the Full Governing Body
Education in schools has changed dramatically in the last two decades. These changes have transformed the role and work of governing bodies. They now have key responsibilities for setting their school’s aims and policies, deciding how money will be spent, managing the employment of staff, and the maintenance and development of the premises. Most important of all, they have an important role in the main purpose of their school – ensuring that its students receive the best possible education.
Effective governing bodies work in close partnership with the Principal in making decisions. The Principal, not the governing body, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school.
The responsibilities of the governing body are defined in law. They are predominantly strategic and include:
• being accountable for the performance of the school;
• planning the future direction of the school;
• promoting high standards of educational attainment;
• setting targets for pupil achievement;
• taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school;
• managing the school’s budget, including key staffing decisions;
• making sure the curriculum is balanced, broadly based and complies with legal requirements;
• making sure that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs;
• drawing up an action plan after inspection by OfSTED (the Office for Standards in Education);
• in church schools, foundation governors are expected to help preserve and develop the school’s Christian character.

How governing bodies go about their work
The governing body’s formal work and decision-making is undertaken in meetings. Their considerable workload is managed by delegating some tasks to committees or other small groups.
Committees specialise in one of a number of areas, typically curriculum, finance, staff and premises matters. (Wey Valley has two main committees: Teaching & Leanring / Finance & Resources.)
All governors are expected to attend meetings of the full governing body. Indeed, the fact that they are now required to give reasons for non-attendance underlines the importance of attendance. There are usually two meetings each term. Additionally, governors are expected to belong to a committee. Committees usually also hold two meetings each term.
All meetings start with apologies, declarations of interest (to declare any conflicting interests) and agreeing the minutes of the previous meeting (including any matters arising from the minutes). The main agenda items will be taken from the meeting plans plus any additional items for that particular meeting. Each committee has a ‘Terms of Reference’ which is agreed at the start of the year and confirms the ‘business’ of the committee across the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
On occasions relevant members of staff are asked to come and talk to governors about specific topics, including Department presentations, policy review or student group reviews.
At the end of the meeting agenda items for the next meeting are noted, also the date for the next meeting. (All meeting dates are pre-arranged and agreed by the governors for the year.)
Copies of signed minutes are kept in the Company Secretary’s office with a copy also displayed in the school staffroom.

Membership of a governing body
The governing body decides on the number of governors between 9 and 20, agreed with the Education Funding Agency and/or trustees. The precise make-up of a governing body depends on the type of school. All schools include the following governors:
• parent governors elected by other parents with children at the school;
• staff governors, including the Principal (if they choose), at least one teacher and usually a member of the support staff;
• community governors, except voluntary aided schools, chosen by the governing body from people in the local community;
• in church and some other types of schools, people are appointed as foundation governors by the diocesan board of education, foundation trustees or religious order;
• partnership governors (in foundation schools) appointed by the governing body.
Governors are usually elected or appointed for four years and can apply to be re-elected or re-appointed.
The Wey Valley School Governing Body consists of the following categories:

Parent Governors  2
Staff Governors  2
Principal  1
Trust Governor  1
School’s Co-operative Governor  1
Community Governors  2
Co-opted Governors  3

Currently there are 12 Governors.

The Company Secretary is Mr Rob Cole

The Governors of The Wey Valley School are:

Parent Governors Sarah-Jayne Garman
Paul Quinn
Staff Governors

Marie Claridge

Stephen Richards

Principal Sara Adams
Trust Governors Les Gardner (Vice Chair of Govs)
School's Co-Operative Governors Lesley Mellor
Community Governors Diane Day (Chair of Govs)
Kelly Bush
Co-Opted Governors

Margaret Eaglestone
Diane Leverton
Sarah Longdon

Summary of relevant business and pecuniary interest of governors at The Wey Valley School

Name

Directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses that provide goods or services to the school (s)

Trusteeships and Governorships

Any other potentially relevant interest

Ms Sara Adams (Principal & governor)

None

None

None

Miss Marie Claridge(Staff Governor)

None

None

None

Mr Stephen Richards (Staff Governor)   None

 

None

 

None

 

Mrs Diane Day (Co-opted Governor, Chair of Governors)

None

None

None

Mr Les Gardner (Trust Governor, Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of F&R Committee)

None

None

None

Mrs Sarah-Jayne Garman (Parent Governor)

None

None

None

Mr Paul Quinn (Parent Governor)

 

None

None

None

Mr Kelly Bush (Community Governor)

Director of 14-19 at Weymouth College

None

None

Mrs Margaret Eaglestone (Co-opted Governor, Chair of T&L Committee)

None

None

AQA reviser for Mathematics GCSE

Mrs Diane Leverton (Co-Opted Governor)

None

None

None

Mrs Sarah London (Co-opted Governor)

None

Governor at local primary school

None

Lesley Mellor (School’s Co-operative Governor)

Trustee at local Special school

None

Governors' Committees

Teaching and Learning Committee 

 

Margaret Eaglestone (Chair of Committee)

Lesley Mellor

Kelly Bush

Sarah-Jayne Garman

Diane Day

Sara Adams

Julie Harris

Marie Claridge

 

Finance and Resources Committee

 

Les Gardner (Chair of Committee)

Paul Quinn

Diane Day

Diane Leverton

Sarah Longdon

Sara Adams

Governors' Meeting dates for 2017/18

 Meeting Autumn term Spring term Summer term
Teaching & Learning Committee 02/10/17
13/11/17
22/01/18
05/03/18
30/04/18
11/06/18
Finance & Resources Committee

20/09/17
15/11/17

24/01/18
07/03/18

02/05/18
13/06/18 & 11/07/18

Full Governing Body

11/09/17
16/10/17
04/12/17

05/02/18
26/03/18
21/05/18
09/07/18

Copies of governor minutes are displayed in the staff room and are available on request to Mr R Cole, Company Secretary.