Co-opted Governor - Ref: TV54318
Short Heath Federation
Lane Head Nursery School, Rosedale CofE Infant School and Short Heath Junior School
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Our Governing Board is exceptional and our schools all value the huge difference that our school governors make to improving outcomes for our children, families and the community we serve. Being a school governor is a rewarding and very interesting role. Giving the opportunity to make a difference for children, sharing your knowledge, skills and expertise.
The three core functions of a school governing board are to:
- Hold school leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of the school
Governors create robust accountability for school leaders through rigorous analysis of performance data and financial information.
- Set the school’s vision and values, and the strategy for achieving this vision
- Ensure the school’s financial success and probity
The governing board must ensure that the budget delegated to the school by the local authority is managed effectively, and with regard to value for money.
- Develop the school’s vision and strategy
- Set a culture of high educational standards, which promotes staff and pupil wellbeing
- Ensure the school follows the National Curriculum, and that all pupils, including those with special educational needs (SEN), can access the curriculum
- Monitor the school’s educational performance, using a range of data sources
- Approve the school budget
- Approve and review school policies, and hold staff to account for their implementation
- Ensure the school is compliant with legal requirements, including that all statutory policies and documents are in place
- Carry out the appointment and performance management of the headteacher
- Monitor health and safety
Skills and experience
- Critical listening and ability to ask effective questions
- Strategic thinking
- Excellent communication
- Understanding of data
- Finance and/or accounting knowledge
- HR experience
- Knowledge of education
- Leadership and management skills
- Risk management skills
The time commitment for school governors will vary. However, all governors must attend at least 3 meetings of the full board per year. The term of office is 4 years. Usually governors sit on a committee focused on an area they have knowledge of, or are particularly interested in, for example the finance committee. Preparation for meetings includes reading papers and preparing questions for senior leaders. You will also be expected to undertake any training required to enable you to discharge your role effectively.
If you would like to know more about becoming a school governor, please contact Lesley Foster
or through our Executive Headteacher – Cathy Draper Email: email@example.com
or telephone Short Heath Junior School on: 01902 368499