What the Governing Body does

The Governing Body has a wide ranging and important role in the life of Chenies.  The following description is given by the Department for Education:

"Governing boards are the strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders. Crucially, that means using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities. It also means ensuring that schools prepare pupils for life and the workplace by building their character and resilience and by implementing their Prevent duty to protect them from the risks of extremism and radicalisation."

Wtihin this there are three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • 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, making sure its money is well spent and that all statutory requirements are being met

Or alternatively we have summed it up in a picture: