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What is the role of the Governing Body?
All state-funded schools are required to have a Governing Body and our school governors play a strategic role in making decisions and taking action to improve the standards of teaching and learning for all pupils at the Meadows in a safe and stimulating environment.
Collectively, their role is to:
- Ensure the Meadows has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, pupils and the performance management of staff
- Oversee the Meadows finances and make sure money is well spent
Put simply, governors act as a ‘critical friend’, providing support and challenge to the Headteacher and the senior leadership team, working alongside them to evaluate the strategic direction of the school.
What do the Governors do?
Governors have a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school; with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This involves supporting senior leaders, staff, the children, parents and carers in driving improvement and the highest levels of achievement and personal development.
This is achieved through:
- Whole Governing Body meetings at least five times a year
- Committees with specific responsibilities including Finance and Buildings, Curriculum and Standards, Pay, Discipline and Appeals Committees
- Specific link roles to monitor particular areas within the school
- Regular visits to school and meetings with relevant staff members
Contacting the Governing Body
The Chair of the Governing Body can be contacted through the Clerk in school. Please either ring the main school telephone number 0121 675 3203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org marking your correspondence for the attention of the Clerk to the Governing Body.
If you would like more information about the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body, or about being a governor, please call the school to speak to the Headteacher or Clerk to the Governing Body.
Further information on school governance can be obtained at the National Governors’ Association.