Our governors come from various walks of life, including parents and staff as well as others from the local community. Our instrument of government (see below) shows that the governing body is made up of two elected parent governors; two staff governors; ten co-opted governors (people 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 various sub-committees, for example a committee to deal with performance related pay, and several working groups to look in more detail at specific issues arising (such as the potential to become an academy).
As well as attending meetings and training courses, 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. During their link visits, 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 learn more about the broader life of the school by attending pupil progress meetings, joining information evenings to learn how subjects are being taught, speaking at the annual welcome event and attending performances or assemblies. Governor conduct 'pupil voice' sessions so that we can hear directly from pupils about their experiences of school life and their learning. Governors also seek written feedback from parents, pupils and staff in bi-annual surveys as well as from parents during the course of the year, for example after school information events (see the examples of feedback below).