Governors and their Skills and Experience
The Governing Body comprises:
- The Headteacher
- One elected staff governor
- One appointed local authority governor
- Four elected parent governors
- Nine co-opted governors
We also have four Associate Members who bring special expertise and experience to the Governing Body and a professional Clerk. Associate members are fully involved in meetings but do not vote on decisions.
We have a committed Governing Body, made up of professionally qualified individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise including teaching and learning, accounting, finance and banking, media, publications and marketing, IT, government, and the charity sector.
Skills audits are conducted annually. At the conclusion each year we consider what skills we need. We respond to identified needs through targeted recruitment and training and development. This includes full governing body and subcommittee briefings, experience sharing (including a mentoring system where more experienced governors share ideas and answer questions for those less experienced) and attendance on training courses.
During the year two parent governor elections were held. Our areas of need were communicated as part of this process and as a result, new governors with specialist expertise were subsequently elected.
The standard term of office for a governor is four years although a number of our governors have extended their terms providing continuity and sustaining knowledge and experience. We have a good balance of established governors and new members, bringing fresh perspectives.
To encourage the involvement and development of all governors and to support future succession, each governor has a designated role as chair or vice-chair of a sub-committee or governor team and/or an important link responsibility.
Consistent with the ethos of the school, all of our meetings are open, friendly and where appropriate frank discussions where all governors are encouraged to express their views – which they do.