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How our Governing Body works

Our governors come from various walks of life, including parents and staff as well as others from the local community. Our instrument of governance provides for the governing body to comprise six elected parent governors; two staff governors; six co-opted governors who live or work in our local community and are invited to join the governing body based on their skills; and one governor appointed by the local education authority. We also have associate governors who do not vote but attend meetings and contribute specifically on issues related to their area of expertise. 


Our governing body meets six times a year at full governing body meetings. We also have two main sub-committees: the Resources Committee (which deals with matters such as finance, premises and HR) and the Teaching and Learning Committee (which deals with matters such as the curriculum, Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs). Each committee usually meets five times a year. There is also a smaller, strategic Steering Committee that plans and monitors the governing body's work, and usually meets once per term. 


As well as attending meetings, most governors visit the school regularly through 'link' visits, where they focus on the subject for which they are a link between the school and the governing body. The link areas change from time to time because they are driven by the school's strategic plan and priorities. At the moment, we have link governors for areas including finance, English, Maths, Safeguarding and Pupil Premium. Governors see the curriculum being taught, learn how policies are being implemented, and speak to a range of staff (including subject leaders) and pupils. 


Governors also conduct 'pupil voice' sessions with pupils in which they ask questions about pupils' experiences of school life and their learning. Thye also attend pupil progress meetings, join information evenings to learn how subjects are being taught, speak at the annual welcome event, and see some of the broader life of the school by attending performances and assemblies.