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 two elected parent governors; two staff governors; ten co-opted governors who live or work in our local community (who may or may not be parents) 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 have a committee that specifically deals with pay and several working groups to look at specific issues arising, such as the potential to become an academy.
As well as attending meetings and training courses, 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. They 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.