The role of the governing body
In a voluntary-aided school such as St Paul’s the responsibilities and duties of the governing body include the following:
- helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how the standards of education can be improved
- oversight and monitoring of the conduct and the curriculum of the school
- setting the school budget and monitoring finances
- appointing, promoting, supporting and disciplining staff
- making sure that the New National Curriculum and religious education are taught
- arranging admissions and appeals
- premises matters relating to the school site and buildings
- helping to draw up and monitor the implementation of the school improvement plan
- acting as a link between the local community and the school.
Members of the governing body give their time and expertise freely to the school. The full governing body meets regularly, at least twice each term, and is supported by a number of committees, each of which usually meets at least once each term. The main committees are those for admissions, curriculum and school activities, finance, premises and staffing. In addition, working parties may be set up for different purposes, including adjudicating on complaints.
The governors visit the school many times during the year, both individually and in groups. They attend church services and assemblies and organise receptions for guests following notable events. They are involved in open evenings, sports events and fund-raising activities. The governors participate in in-service training days in the school, and attend individual training courses organised by the diocese and the local authority.