Governing Body of St Margaret’s C of E Junior School
Terms of Reference
Purpose of the Governing Body
- To help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvements.
- To be a critical friend of the school, in good and bad times, offering the school its support and advice.
- To help the school to be responsive to the needs and aspirations of parents and the local community.
- To fulfil all statutory and constitutional duties.
Aims and Objectives
Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important that they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.
The Governing Body’s aims and objectives are:
- To appoint the Headteacher
- With the advice of the Head and Deputy Head, appoint staff to the more senior and important posts, the responsibility for filling other posts having been delegated to the Headteacher.
- Set annual performance targets for the Headteacher to improve teaching, leadership and management, and decide on any increase in his (or her) pay scale.
- To set the strategic direction of the School through the Integrated School Development Plan.
- To demonstrate an ambitious vision for the school and high expectations of all pupils and teachers.
- To improve the school and develop its capacity for sustained improvement by developing high quality teaching, leadership capacity and high professional standards among all staff.
- To support, challenge and hold the school and senior leaders to account for all aspects of the schools performance.
- To accurately evaluate the schools strengths and weaknesses and use the findings to promote improvement.
- Ensure that the school has a clear Self-Evaluation Process [template] that is kept up to date in readiness for the next Ofsted inspection.
- To ensure that the recommendations of any Ofsted inspection are carried out within a reasonable timescale.
- To ensure that the school’s mission, ethos, aims and values, as set out in the school’s prospectus, are maintained. The foundation governors have a particular responsibility to ensure that the religious character of the school is developed and preserved in accordance with the principles of the Church of England.
- To ensure that all statutory duties are met and approved including policies and procedures on such matters as safeguarding, recruitment and selection of staff, pay, performance management, discipline, capability, grievance, dismissal, health and safety (including risk assessment).
- To consider and agree the annual budget.
- To ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resources made available to the school are managed effectively.
- To ensure the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the national curriculum, this includes Religious Education and which takes into account individual needs.
- To agree pupil achievement targets for Key Stage 2 in English and Mathematics.
- To control the use of the school premises during and outside the school day and determine charges for use by external groups.
- To engage with key stakeholders (parents) to the benefit of pupils, including keeping them regularly informed of the school’s progress on carrying out the recommendations of any Ofsted inspection and the results of Key Stage 2 tests and valuing and responding to their opinions received from sources including questionnaires. Success should be celebrated. Areas of weakness should not be hidden from the parents.
- To provide governors for appeals, dismissals and exclusions committees and ensure relevant training undertaken.
- To delegate items to the appropriate committees.
Membership of the Governing Body
5 Parent governors
3 Staff governors
3 Foundation governors
2 Community governors
1 LEA governor
Meeting arrangements and frequency
The Full Governing Body will meet a minimum of four times a year.
An agenda will be circulated to all members not less than five working days prior to the meeting.
A quorum will be not less than three members and must include the Chair or Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
The meetings will be managed by the Chair or Vice Chair and minutes of the meeting recorded. Apologies for non-attendance to meetings must be sent to the Secretary to the Governing Body.
The Full Governing Body will receive summary reports from the chairs of the five feeder committees along with any recommendations for action by the Full Governing Body.