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Governance

Introduction

Our governors play an important strategic role by giving direction and focus on the governance of the school. Their role is to govern rather than to manage. This includes:

  • Overseeing the school’s aims, values and Christian ethos;
  • Promoting high standards of education;
  • Planning the school’s long-term future;
  • Ensuring proper financial management of the school;
  • Appointing staff, including the headteacher, and holding them to account for the performance of the school;
  • Promoting health and safety on the school site and the safeguarding of pupils;
  • Communicating openly and effectively with parents, the local deanery and wider community, the local authority and the diocese;
  • In a voluntary aided school, also acting as the admissions authority, being a responsible employer and raising funds for building works; and,
  • Supporting the school in many different ways.

The full governing body has agreed to meet three times a term from September 2018, with other meetings as necessary. There are several governors’ panels (committees) that meet occasionally.

Membership

The Full Governing Body consists of a total of 14 governors:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 8 foundation governors - The Diocesan Board of Education appoints seven foundation governors. Six of these foundation governors are nominated by the Worthing Deanery Synod, of whom one shall represent the parish of Broadwater and one shall represent the parish of St. Andrew, Worthing.

The Rural Dean of the Worthing Deanery is an ex-officio foundation governor and, if he/she is unable or unwilling or unable to act as a foundation governor, the Archdeacon of Chichester will appoint a foundation governor to act in place of the rural dean.

  • 1 co-opted governor

Quorum

50% of the current membership of the governing body.

Terms of Reference

The following terms of reference have been agreed by the Full Governing Body.

Membership

  • The Governing Body will be composed of all governors appointed or elected in accordance with the current Instrument of Government;
  • To be quorate, a meeting of the Full Governing Body shall consist of not less than one half of the current members of the Governing Body;
  • The Full Governing Body will meet as often as is necessary to fulfil its responsibilities and at least once each term;
  • The Clerk to the Governors will circulate an agenda for each meeting and papers at least 7 days before each meeting;
  • Attendance at each meeting, issues discussed and recommendations for decisions will be recorded;
  • The Governing Body may invite attendance at its meetings from members of the SLT, employees of the school, or outside agencies, in order to assist or advise on a particular matter or range of issues;
  • The Governing Body may, from time to time, appoint Associate Governors in order to access particular skills;
  • Only governors who are appointed or elected in accordance with the Instrument of Government may vote at committee meetings. Staff Governors have voting rights in all areas other than those relating to pay, performance management and other staffing issues. Associate Governors will not be eligible to vote. Where necessary, the elected Chair of Governors may have a second or casting vote;
  • Governors may not be involved in or vote on agenda items in which they have a personal interest and must declare any such interest in advance of any such discussions;
  • In the event of the need to make genuinely urgent decisions between meetings, the Chair of Governors, in consultation with the Head Teacher, will take appropriate action on behalf of the Full Governing Body.The decisions taken and the reasons for urgency will be explained fully at the next meeting of the Full Governing Body under the item "Chairs Action".

The Purpose of the Governing Body is

  • To act as a 'critical friend' to the school;
  • To support the Headteacher in determining the strategic direction of the school;
  • To monitor the performance of the Headteacher in conjunction with the approved School Improvement Partner;
  • To ensure the proper implementation of all statutory requirements and policies;
  • To ensure that the school is properly funded;
  • To ensure that the school is properly safeguarded;
  • As an employer, to be responsible for the appointment of staff through the agreed recruitment procedures and to ensure that 'safer recruitment' guidelines are followed;
  • To monitor and evaluate the School Development Plan in conjunction with the appointed School Improvement Partner;
  • To uphold and promote the Christian ethos of the school in accordance with Diocesan guidelines.
  • In order to expedite the governance of the school, the Full Governing Body will appoint panels to assist and intervene in various aspects of the school's life. Such panels will report their deliberations to the Governing Body at the next Full Governor's Meeting (subject to confidentiality).

Panels

The current panels are:

  • Admissions
  • Appeals and complaints
  • Discipline
  • Staffing and pay review
  • Staffing interviews

Each panel should consist of at least 3 governors.