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Remit of the Governing Body, Role of Headteacher & Overall Role of Committees

Remit of the Governing Body

A meeting of the full Governing Body is held once a term.  The Governing Body shall have regard to (but is not bound by) any Secretary of State Guidance relating to the governance of academies.  The Academy is conducted in accordance with:

  • the Articles of Association of the Academy Trust
  • all statutory rights/obligations on Academies
  • the terms of the funding agreement

In addition to attending meetings of the full governing body once a term, the governors are also members of one or more governor committee which report to the full governing body meeting.  These committees also meet once a term.

The Governors and their Committees are required to act strategically by:

  • setting the aims and objectives for the school
  • setting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting targets by which progress towards those aims and objectives can be measured
  • reviewing and monitoring progress in achieving the aims and objectives.
  • Declaring any potential interest and abstaining and removal from any vote or decision which may occur in relation to that interest

The Governors and their committees will act as a "critical friend" to the Headteacher - offering support, advice, a second opinion and help, and also challenging, asking questions and offering constructive criticism when necessary.

Role of the Headteacher

The Headteacher, as the principal manager for the school, is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; for advising the other governors; and for implementing the strategic framework.

Incorporated in the role of advising the Governors are:

  • formulating aims and objectives for the school, for adoption, modification or rejection by the Governors
  • formulating policies and targets for the Governors to consider adopting
  • reporting to the Governors on progress, at least once per year.


The Role of Governor Committees

All committees have responsibility:

  • To act strategically,
  • To provide regular written minutes of meetings to the full governing body, identifying decisions taken or action required, and to keep a signed copy of all minutes at the school, available for inspection on request.
  • To establish a list of policies coming within the area of responsibility of the committee and monitor, evaluate and review them regularly
  • To review the effectiveness of the committee and recommend variations to the terms of reference.