All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. Sutton Benger's Governing Board is proud of the school, its staff and pupils. It is an active and enthusiastic team helping to make strategic decisions about the direction of the school, acting as a critical friend and offering support and challenge to the senior leadership of the school.
What are the Governing Body's three core functions?
ensuring clarity of school vision, ethos and strategic direction
holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
HOW IS THE GOVERNING BODY STRUCTURED?
In 2015, the Governing Body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. We took the decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have, and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring. The governing body, following reconstitution, agreed the following governing board structure:
the headteacher (executive/head of school) (ex-officio)
one elected staff governor (elected by school staff)
one elected authority governor (nominated by the Local Authority)
three elected (or appointed) parent governors
eight foundation governors (appointed by the Diocese)
elected associate members (non-voting)
The standard term of office for a governor is four years.
In November 2015 the Governing Body elected to adopt a co-chair structure.
The Governing Body has recently adopted a new structure in order for the Full Board of Governors to meet eleven times each year. This means that we no longer have sub-committees, but instead have all governors attending a full governing body meeting twice per term.
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