Our Academy Committee sets the broad strategy for the school's development. It is accountable to SECAT, the parents and the wider community. It must act in accordance with the requirements laid down in Acts of Parliament, statutory regulations and the school's Instrument of Government and must at all times act fairly and without prejudice.
These are the Governors at Bournes Green Infant School
Roles and Responsibilities of a Governor
The Academy Committee works with the school. Its responsibilities and powers have to be exercised in conjunction with the Headteacher and staff. Academy Committee Members do not intervene in the day to day management of the school.
Individual Academy Committee Members have no power or responsibility. It is only the full Academy Committee which has legal duties and powers and all Academy Committee Members share in that corporate responsibility.
The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. The philosophy for running the school is a shared responsibility worked out by common consent.
Academy Committee Members govern rather than manage. They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role.
As an Academy Committee Member you need to make time to:
- Attend six Academy Committee Meetings a year. Most meetings take place in the early evening; but some can also take place during the working day
- Read reports and background papers prior to meetings
- Take part, if necessary, in staff appointment panels, admission and exclusion panels and more rarely staff discipline and grievance hearings.
As an Academy Committee Member you can demonstrate your commitment to the school by:
- Showing an interest and participating in many of the schools activities
- Attending Academy Committee meetings
- Getting to know the staff, children and their work
- Offering support and expertise
As an Academy Committee Member you are expected to:
- Keep up to date with local and national developments in education
- Attend all appropriate governor training sessions
As an Academy Committee Member you can be most effective when you:
- Work co-operatively and creatively with others
- Use your personal qualities and expertise in the interest of the school, its children and staff
Types of Academy Committee Members
ParentAre elected by parents/guardians of registered children and must be parents/guardians at the time of election. Parent Academy Committee Members do not have to leave if their child leaves during their term of office, but they can if they wish to. If there is a potential vacancy, nominations are sought from parents. If more nominations are received than the vacancies available then an election takes place. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body can approach a parent of the school to become an Academy Committee Member.
StaffAre appointed by the staff employed to work at the school or have a contract of employment with the school. They can stand for re-election. If they leave the school, they cannot remain on the Academy Committee.
Co-optedAre chosen by the Academy Committee. They can be people who live or work locally or people who are committed to “the good government and success of the school”.
Sponsor/AssociateAre persons who give or have given substantial financial assistance to the school or provide substantial services to the school.
The HeadteacherIs an Academy Committee Member by virtue of their office.
ExpectationsWe expect the Academy Committee to fully support the ethos and the high expectations of the school:
- It helps shape the school’s future direction
- It is accountable for the performance of the school
- It monitors and reviews the performance of our children
- It is responsible for the safeguarding of our children
- It is responsible for health and safety within the school
- It makes decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
- It makes sure the school provides for all our children, including those with special needs
- It decides how the school can encourage children’s spiritual, moral and cultural development
Academy Committee Members are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of children, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. Academy Committee Members are responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge their headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what’s best for the children.
We do not expect academy Committee Members to:
- take their children on holiday during school time
- discuss school business outside of meetings including on any social media websites