Governors

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The Role of the Governors

The Governors have a general responsibility for the effective oversight of the management of the school and for determining the policies of the school, within the framework set by national legislation.

The Governing Body is responsible for the conduct of the school and aims to promote high standards of educational achievement.  It is the school’s accountable body and, as such:

  • Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the aims and purpose of the school;
  • Acts as a critical friend to the school;
  • Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Head Teacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school’s improvement strategy;
  • Holds the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information being made available to the community as appropriate

In order to do this, governors need knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings and by getting to know their school community; for example, through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.  Governors need to work together as a team under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing Body.

Membership of the Governing Body

The Instrument of Government sets out the composition of the school’s Governing Body.  All governors are appointed for a period of four years.  The composition of the school’s Governing Body is as follows:

3 Parent Governors; 1 Local Authority Governor; 1 Staff Governor; 1 Head; 7 Co-Opted Governors; 2 Partnership Governors.

Details of the Governing Body’s Membership can be found here.

Governing Body Structure

Rednock’s Governing Body comprises of the full Governing Body itself, and a small number of committees.

Governing Body

The Governing Body meets four times a year during term time and, where necessary, will hold extraordinary meetings to deal with other urgent business. Some of the work of the Governing Body is delegated to committees in order to spread the work load.  The minutes from these committees are brought to governing body meetings for ratification and to enable other governors to seek clarification on any issues.

Chair of Governors: Mr Ian Welch (Appointed 19th September 2018)

Vice-Chair of Governors: Mrs Di Caesar & Mr David Martin (Appointed 19th September 2018)

Curriculum Committee

This Committee meets at least three times a year to review the curriculum, analyse external examination data and ensure that effective systems are in place for the pastoral care of students. This includes being aware of Health & Safety issues, Special Educational Needs and Student Voice.

Chair of Curriculum: Mrs Jen Carhart (Appointed 10th October 2018)

Vice-Chair of Curriculum: Mrs Harriet McGill (Appointed 10th October 2018)

Staffing Committee

This Committee’s purpose is to ensure that conditions are in place to attract, motivate and retain the right number and quality of staff. It works closely with the Head Teacher and HR Manager.

Chair of Staffing: Mrs Mary Robinson (Until 18th December 2018): A new Chair will be elected at the meeting of the Staffing Committee on the 30th January 2019

Vice-Chair of Staffing: To be elected on the 30th January 2019

Resources Committee

The Resources Committee meets at least four times throughout the year to monitor expenditure, approve the final accounts for each year and to agree the budget for each forthcoming financial year. Additionally, the committee reviews any issues relating to school premises, e.g. facilities management, risk management, health and safety. 

Chair of Resources: Ms Katie Norton (Appointed 14th November 2018)

Vice-Chair of Resources: Mrs Sally Winterbottom (Appointed 14th November 2018)

Discipline Committee (Student)

This Committee meets as and when required to review any decisions which the Head Teacher may have made to permanently exclude a student. Although the Head Teacher can initially exclude a student, the final decision whether to uphold a permanent exclusion lies with the Discipline Committee.

Attendance at Meetings

All governors are required to belong to and attend meetings for one or more of the three committees.  A record of staff attendance is kept.

A copy of the attendance of members at meetings during 2015 | 2016 can be found here.

A copy of the attendance of members at meetings during 2016 | 2017 can be found here.

A copy of the attendance of members at meetings during 2017 | 2018 can be found here.

The committees’ role is to give detailed scrutiny to their respective areas of school life and to make recommendations to the Governing Body.

Link Governor Role

Individual governors are linked to core subjects and areas, usually where they have a particular interest, in order to provide a focal point for the respective Head of Department and their team.

Link Roles:

  • Jane Barker-Doe: Safeguarding; Children in Care
  • Di Caesar: Pupil Premium; Disadvantaged Students
  • Jen Carhart: Behaviour; Head Teacher’s Performance Management
  • Brian Levine: English; Special Educational Needs & Disability; Data Protection
  • David Martin: Head Teacher’s Performance Management; Science
  • Harriet McGill: Student Well-Being (SEMH)
  • Katie Norton: Mathematics
  • Adrian Peatman: Health & Safety
  • Ian Welch: Sixth Form
  • Chris Wiggins: Sixth Form; Marketing
Categories of Governor

1. Parent Governors: Elected by other parents, or carers, of children at the school.

2. Staff Governors: Selected by election from teaching and support staff from the school.

3. Head Teacher: Member of the Governing Body by virtue of their office.

4. Local Authority Governors: Nominated by the Local Authority but appointed by the Governing Body.

5. Partnership Governors: Appointed by the Governing Body following nomination.

6. Co-Opted Governors: Appointed by the Governing Body.

7. Associate Members: Appointed by the Governing Body to serve on one or more governing body committees; not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions.

Register of Business Interests

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The Chair of the Governing Body may be contacted by email, via the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs N Morrissey – email: nikkie.morrissey@rednockschool.org.uk