What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body at Carr Hill Primary School is made up of members of the local and school community, all acting on a voluntary basis. We have a mixture of local authority, parent and staff governors as well as members who have been co-opted from the local community.  Each member brings a different perspective and set of skills to the governing body.
  
We are responsible for ensuring that the school is run to promote pupil achievement and well-being and we are constantly striving to make sure every child reaches their full potential.
  
We provide strategic management, act as critical friends and ensure accountability. We work closely with Mrs Alford, the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

  
We are required to have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

When a school is inspected by Ofsted, its governing body will be required to show evidence that governors conform to these three core functions.

In addition to these core functions, Carr Hill Governing Body works hard to ensure that we follow a number of key principles:

1.      Children and young people first

2.      High expectations for every child

3.      Outcomes not methods

4.      Supported autonomy

5.      Responsive to need and performance

We undertake these responsibilities by attending and contributing to meetings, visiting the school to discuss improvement plans, and ensuring the school complies with statutory legislation.

The Make Up of the Governing Body at Carr Hill Primary School

Our amended instrument of government (which sets out the size and composition of our governing body) has set the number of governing body members to 14, as follows:

3 parent governors (who are elected by parents and carers of children at the school);

8 co-opted governors (who are appointed by the governing body based on their skills and experience);

1 Local Authority governor (who is nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the governing body based on his/her skills and experience);

1 Staff governor (who is elected by staff at the school);

The Head Teacher (who is a permanent member of the governing body)

Find out more by clicking on these two documents:

BEING STRATEGIC – A GUIDE FOR GOVERNING BOARDS

CODE OF CONDUCT