The Governing Body
The Governing Body plays a key role in helping to oversee the strategic direction of the school, working in partnership with the Headteacher and her senior leadership team to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care. Whilst the Headteacher and senior leadership team are responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governing Body’s duty is to support and challenge the school in three main areas:
Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
At St John’s School we have an active and enthusiastic Governing Body made up from interested people either appointed or elected to their positions.
What do we do?
The Body consists of foundation governors, appointed by the church, who have a special responsibility to safeguard and develop the Christian ethos of the school; parent governors, elected by parents; a staff governor elected by staff and a governor elected by the local authority. The Headteacher is also a member of the Governing Body and is its main advisor. The Deputy Headteacher sits as an Associate member.
The full Governing Body meets five times a year. In addition there are four sub-committees which meet at least termly to examine specific areas. These are Resources, Teaching and Learning, Admissions and Pay and Personnel Their work is reported to the full Governing Body meetings. All meetings are minuted, and minutes are kept at the school office and can be viewed at any time.
Governors' Business/Financial Interests
Governors are required to declare relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions and any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff. A copy is also held in the school office.