We’re delighted that you’ve come to find more about the work of the Governing Body.
The role of a school governing body is to fulfil three key strategic functions:
(a) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
(b) Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
(c) Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
All three are carried out through a balance of “support and challenge”.
Our Governing Body is made up of 12 Governors as follows:
1x Staff Governor (elected by the staff of the school)
2x Parent Governors (elected by the parent body, if necessary)
3x Foundation Governors (proposed by the PCC of St Saviour’s Church and agreed by the Diocese of Bath and Wells)
5x MAT Appointed Governors (invited by the Governing Body and agreed by the BWMAT)
up to 2x Associate Members (he/she brings a particular expertise and is usually on board for a specific project and/or period of time. An Associate Member does not have any voting rights).
We also have a paid Clerk who attends all meetings to take minutes and be our reference and sounding board for all legal matters.
The LGB is further broken down into committees, where much of the detailed work, challenge and scrutiny takes place. Each school can have quite different structures but essentially we all look at the same elements.
Our committees are:
Children, Church, Community and Ethos
Progress and Attainment
Staff and Finance, including School Environment
Children, Church, Community and Ethos () is a committee that looks primarily at the well-being of the pupils within the school and also within the community, in particular the SEND school offer, Collective Worship, Learning Promise, Questionnaires to parents, Extended School Offer etc.
The Progress and Attainment Committee (), as the name implies, scrutinise the progress that children are making and the methods being used to improve that progress.
Staff and Finance () look in detail at the current budget and how it is progressing and also propose the budget for the next year. They will consider any spending over a certain amount. The Pay Policy is agreed within this committee for the school.
As an off-shoot of SFC, there is also a Pay Panel that meet twice a year with the Headteacher.
The School Environment Committee () looks at the various aspects of the school premises to ensure it is fit for purpose and fulfill the Health & Safety requirement. It will report to SFC, when appropriate, for funding approval.
A Governor will be a member of one committee, and most are on two.
Group and Curriculum Links
As well as being a committee member, governors (who are not also members of staff) will have a curriculum link for English or Maths or a group link. The groups are Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is nursery and reception, or Key Stage 1 (KS1) which is Year 1 and Year 2.
The governors meet with the relevant subject leader or teachers from that group. The Governor brings their own expertise and can encourage and support the teaching staff as well as challenging where appropriate.
In addition there are nominate governors who support particular areas of importance including Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Health and Safety, Pupil Premium, Admissions and School Council.
In addition to the above a Governor may also be asked to serve on a panel (sometimes solely Governors, sometimes with other staff members) for any of the following reasons:
Appoint senior leaders;
Interview new members of staff with HT;
Hear of staff grievances and disciplinary matters;
Hear appeals about pupil exclusions.
All meeting dates and times are set in the previous academic year. Our Meeting Schedule is available in this section.
The LGB meets once a term, usually on the Monday in week 4.
The Committees also meet once a term:-
CCCEC usually on Tuesday in week 1
PAC usually on Tuesday in week 2
SFC usually on Wednesday in week 3
SEC dates tbc
Hopefully this will have helped you understand a bit more about the Governing Body.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through the School Office.