Bentinck Primary & Nursery School Governors
The governing body has a general responsibility for seeing that the school is run effectively so that it provides the best possible education for its pupils. This has to be done within the framework set by legislation and the policies of the Local Education Authority.
Governors are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school. That is the job of the headteacher. A good headteacher will discuss all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expect them to offer general guidance and challenge.
Governing Bodies include:
Staff Governors (including the Headteacher unless they choose not to be a governor)
Local Education Authority Governors
Co-opted Community Governors
Governing bodies vary in size from 9 to 22 people. Governing bodies may also have Associate Governors and may invite observers (with or without speaking rights) or co-opt non-governors onto committees (with voting rights)
The responsibilities of the governing body include:
Promoting high standards of education and achievement
Planning the school’s long-term future
Setting the school’s aims and values
Appointing senior staff including the Head Teacher
Budgetary allocation and control
Bentinck’s Full governing body meets every term. We always receive a report from the headteacher and discuss key issues arising from this. We have 3 committees, which also meet every half term.
Our Finance and Personnel committee ensures that the resources we have are used in the most effective way.
Our Strategic Development committee ensures that the teaching and learning is of the highest standard possible.
Our Safeguarding committee ensures that appropriate systems are in place to ensure all children, staff and visitors are safe.
We also have Governors with specific responsibilities; this includes Health and Safety, Foundation Stage and Special Educational Needs and Disability
As well as the governing body meetings and committee meetings, we visit school to see and hear about the things we discuss in our meetings.
We meet with staff to look at particular areas of work that is being carried out in the school.
A small group of governors is also involved in the performance management of the headteacher, which further adds to our understanding of how the school is being managed.