The governing body has 3 key roles:
To provide a strategic view
To act as a critical friend to the head teacher and staff
To ensure accountability
The governing body has to comply with regulations set out by the Department of Education and is required to appoint a chair and vice chair. The governing body is also required to meet 3 times a year at ‘full governor meetings’ which generally take place near the end of each term.
The responsibilities of the governing body include setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school finances, making sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff pay and performance. Some of these functions are discussed at separate committee meetings, with each governor selecting which committee/s they participate in depending on the contribution they are able to make. Each committee has an agreed remit a proforma agenda and recorded minutes.
Each of these committees meet at least once a term, sometimes more frequently and has specific terms of reference and reports back to all governors at the termly full governors meeting. The minutes from the full governors meetings are public documents and can be viewed at by request at the school office.
From 1st January 2018 Rushall Primary School and Oakwood School have federated, and are collectively known as the North Star Federation. Both governing bodies were replaced by a new Federation Governing body. The first meeting was held on Thursday 11th January 2018.