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The Governing Body

The work of a Governor in leading a school in the 21st century is complex, interesting, often challenging but always rewarding. Above all, Governors strategically lead the school, providing support and robust challenge to ensure the school continues to meet the needs of the students and community it serves.

The Governors are determined to deliver outstanding learning, educational achievement, care, guidance and support to enable successful progression and enhanced life opportunities for all our students.

To meet the challenge the governing body has undergone many changes since November 2013 and has seen the formation of a new team, including new members with considerable expertise. Our Governing body comprises of 14 board members including the Head teacher and are nominated or appointed by the Local Authority, Co-opted, elected by parents or staff.

Co-opted Governor Membership allows school to appoint individuals based on their skills and who have a particular interest or expertise, as well as being able to bring to the school an outside perspective.

The Governing body and all governors are members of the National Governors' Association (NGA), the representative body for school governors in England.

Graham School and the Governors are committed to the Safeguarding and protection of our students. All Governors must to submit to a Criminal Records Bureau check. There is also mandatory training which includes Child Protection awareness, Safeguarding & promoting child welfare and safer recruitment training.

Leadership and the Role of Governors

Governors have an essential role as part of effective leadership and school self-review. Governors give strategic advice to the governing body and senior management Team. They act as a ‘critical friend’.

It is not a requirement, or appropriate for individual governors or the governing body to become involved in day-to-day management of school, this is the responsibility of the Headteacher and the Senior Management Team.

Committee Structure

Following the appointment of the new Chair of Governors, the current structure and form of the committees is under review.

Committee Chairs and Membership - see Membership and Attendance 2016-2017.

Governors attend termly full Governing Body meetings. In addition Governors are organised into three main committees that meet regularly, they are;

  • Achievement and Standards Committee
  • Finance, Resources and Personnel
  • Student Welfare and Safety

Each committee has a specific membership and outline of responsibilities. Other committees such as Pupil discipline, Staff selection/recruitment, are convened as and when required. They work through the fine detail of various issues and each committee reports separately at full Governing Body meetings.

Governors also undertake a variety of ‘Link’ roles

Many Governing Bodies link Governors to subjects or priority areas as a way of monitoring and reviewing in detail an aspect of the School. All Graham School governors commit to undertake monitoring visits.

This will involve individual Governors visiting the school and classrooms and taking the opportunity to discuss issues with the Headteacher/ senior management and relevant subject leaders. These visits are a very important part of our review process.

Further information

Vacancies on the Governing body occur from time to time. Anyone who would wish to be considered for appointment is invited to complete a Standard Form and skills matrix and return it to the Clerk to the Governing body.

Any voluntary body who may be interested in nominating a co-opted member of the Governing body is also invited to write accordingly to the Clerk to the Governing body setting out details of the body and the reasons for their interest.

Documents available from the Clerk to the Governing body:

  • Job Description for Governors
  • Person Specification for Governors
  • Skills matrix
  • Register of Interests Form
  • Guidance on Completion of Register of Interests Form
  • Appointment of Governors and Related Issues.
  • Standard Form to be completed by Persons Interested in Appointment

Clerk to the Governing body - Mr David Stewart

If you wish to contact the Governing body please write or email;
Clerk of the Governing body
Graham School
Woodlands Drive
YO12 6QW