The Governing Body (GB) is a key part of the leadership team of the school, working in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership. In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body of Cupernham Infant School are:
Our Governors bring a wide variety of experience and expertise to the school. This helps ensure that the school is continuously moving forward, maintaining and raising standards in a way that is in line with the culture, values and ethos of the school.
Role of the Governors:
Some of the key functions of a school governor:
It is important to note that the GB is not there to run the school on a day to day basis, that is the job of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team who make the necessary decisions. A Governors role is to ensure accountability to all parties who have an interest in the school, especially you the parents and your children.
Who appoints the Governing Body?
The Governing Body consists of four different types of Governor. You are probably familiar with parent-elected Governors as you no doubt will have seen requests for nominations and subsequent voting papers going out to you via pupil post. This group of Governors should make up at least one third of the governing body of a school.
However in addition to this there are LEA appointed Governors; Community Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body to represent the views of the local community and finally teaching and non teaching Staff Governors.
The period of office is 4 years after which time you are eligible to be elected or appointed for a further 4 year period.
How do Governors get involved with the school and how could I meet or even be one?
Governors do this in a variety of ways which includes:
How does the Governing Body operate?
The full Governing Body meets twice a term after school. A formal record of these meetings in the form of a written agenda and minutes are publicly available and can be requested via the school office. Topics on a typical agenda would include correspondence to the Governing Body from outside organisations, Headteacher’s report, School Improvement Plan, approval of school policies and reports from different committees and working groups. At Cupernham Infant School we have two permanent committees; Resources & Planning and Curriculum & Standards Committees.
Ad Hoc Working Groups
Ad Hoc Working Groups are set up by the Governing Body to tackle specific issues relevant at the time and report back to the Governing Body. They are not permanent like the other committees and once the objective of the group has been achieved, they will be disbanded