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St Botolph's CE Primary School
St Botolph's CE Primary School

You promote a highly ambitious culture that is captured in the motto ‘new day...endless possibilities’. Your approach, strongly supported by senior and middle leaders, is raising the aspiration of all staff and pupils to be their very best. (Ofsted, May 2016)


The role of the Governors

The Governing Body's Core Functions

In order to achieve the goal of promoting high standards of educational achievement, the governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions. Briefly explained these are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. For example, by agreeing school policies and concurring content & priorities for improvement in the school development plan.
2. To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff. For example, asking questions, offering support, constructive advice, help improve proposals, monitor and evaluate school performance, performance management of the head teacher.
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. For example, checking that resources are allocated in line with the school's strategic priorities, benchmarking spend with similar schools, questioning value for money with budgetary spend.

Our Governors have their own Code of Conduct which they all adhere to.

So what's the role of Governors?

The Full Governing Body (FGB) has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. The Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The day to day business of school life remains the responsibility of the head teacher and the senior leadership team.

Governors need to know their school. Our governors find that visiting, particularly during the day and during termly parents’ evenings, is a helpful way to find out more about our school. These visits also provide an opportunity to talk with children, staff and parents to gather their views and swiftly refer any concerns for an immediate resolution. Click here to see a copy of their most recent Newsletter.

The Governing Body is made up of volunteers who represent different stakeholders in our school community: the Foundation (Church); Parents; local community; staff and Local Authority. Click here to see a full list of our Governors and their responsibilities.

Our FGB meet formally each term as well as meeting for development and training/information sessions. In addition the FGB delegates certain responsibilities to three main sub-committees that meet termly and each have a particular focus:

Curriculum & Standards
Personnel & Finance
Health, Safety & Premises

Click here to see a short presentation