Format of the Governing Body

Format of the Governing Body

 The Governing Body is made up of several different categories of Governors.  The different categories of Governors on our Governing Body are:

  • Parent Governors who have a child in the Federation at the time of their election, and are elected by the parents of children in the Federation
  • Staff Governors who are members of staff at the Federation and are elected by their colleagues
  • Partnership Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body after seeking nominations from parents and others in the community; parents of children within the Federation and staff are exempt from being Partnership Governors
  • Co-opted Governors are appointed on to the Governing Body by the other members because they come from a specialist group, such as the business community or because they possess a particular skill which can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school
  • Local Authority (LA) Governors who are nominated by the local Councillor and appointed by the Governing Body
  • the Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body by right of the position they hold in the school
  • Associate Members are not actually Governors but can be appointed to serve on committees. They do not have the right to vote at meetings of the Full Governing Body but may been given voting rights on the committees that they are a member of; these rights can only be given by the Full Governing Body

Some Governors have additional responsibilities – Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) & Health & Safety

The term of office for all Governors and Associate Members is 4 years (with the exception of the Headteacher). At the end of each Governor’s term, their position will be advertised as a vacancy as relevant, depending on their category of governor.  The existing governor has a right to stand again (if they remain eligible) or stand-down as per their personal wishes.  The process for election/appointment will follow that contained within the Clerks Handbook.

All Governors, except Associate Members, attend the meetings of the Full Governing Body (FGB) & are allocated to one or more of the sub-committees; each committee has its own individual remit and monitors the progress of each of the 3 schools against the School Improvement Plan.

Both the FGB and the committees meet at least once every term, with the committees meeting first and then feeding back into the meetings of the FGB (see Meeting Dates for details). 

All meetings are minuted by the Clerk to the Governors, or nominated individual if the Clerk cannot attend.

The different committees our governing body has are:

  • Quality of Education
  • Finance & Strategy
  • Behaviour, Attitudes & Personal Development

The aims and remits of the committees can be found in the relevant sub-section of the Governor information.