A. The Governing body consists of a group of interested people, some of which are employed by the school and others are volunteers. The head teacher and the management team run the school on a day-to-day basis, the strategic direction of the school is shared with the governors.
Strategic responsibilities (which are defined in law) include:
Being accountable for the performance of the school
Planning the future direction of the school
Promoting high standards of educational achievement
Setting targets for pupil achievement
Taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school
Managing the schools budget, including key staffing decisions
Making sure the curriculum is balanced, broadly based and complies with legal requirements
Making sure that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs
Drawing up and action plan after inspection by OFSTED (the Office for Standards in Education
In March 2016, following a consultation process, the Board of Governors of Norton St Philip First School and the Board of Governors of Rode Methodist First School hard federated under a single governing body. Federation is the name given to a way of bringing schools closer together. It means that a single leadership and administration team, working with one governing body, manage both schools.
The Federation between Norton St Philip VA Church of England and Rode Methodist VC First Schools will ensure the provision of strong leadership, together with continued and sustained high quality learning and development opportunities for current and future pupils at both of our rural village schools. The Federation will allow each school to retain its own individual identity and character formed over the last 150 years within the context of their individual communities.
A. The formal work and decision making of the governing body is undertaken at meetings once a month. There is are also working parties and statutory committees who undertake specific tasks e.g. Pay Committee.
Governors have specific interests e.g. SEN, Safeguarding, Health & Safety
Governors visit the school during the school day and make sure that there is evidence of the school making progress on its School Development Plan (SDP), In addition, Governors audit processes and procedures regarding key issues such as, finance and safeguarding. These visits are reported to the full board of governors at the next meeting.
The governing board has the following core functions:
Establishing the strategic direction, by:
Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets