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What is the purpose of the Governing Board?


Governors have three main roles:


1.      The strategic role, which is about:


The vision for the school
Developing aims for the school
Planning so that all pupils can achieve the very best they can as 'Better Never Stops'



2.      School Improvement

In this role Governors will:


Monitor and evaluate the school's work
Visit the school
Ensure that all meetings are effective by reading all papers prior to the meeting and preparing their questions before meetings



3.      The Accountability role of the Governing Board

This means:


Ensuring progress of pupils
Challenging School Leadership Team
Being accountable to parents and the community



Responsibilities of the governing board 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 Headteacher
Budgetary allocation and control
Deciding on the number of staff to be employed
Making sure that the curriculum is broad and balanced



There are six Full Governing Board (FGB) meetings per year, three Resources and Pay Committee meetings.


Governors sign a Code of Conduct and agree to abide by The Seven Principles of Public Life:


Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
Integrity - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Openness - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Honesty - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Leadership - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.


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