The Governing Board – what do our governors do?
Governors work with senior leaders in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement. Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims & objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the headteacher. Governors must both support and challenge the headteacher; consequently, they need to gain an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions. They do this by attending regular meetings, carrying out school visits and meeting with senior leaders. They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of their role. Governors work as a team and make collective decisions.
Structure of the governing board
Amanda Healey (Foundation Governor) and Sophie Brinkworth (Parent Governor) are Co-Chairs of Governors. The full governing board (FGB) meets 9 times a year. At these meetings, it carries out its three core functions as identified by the Department for Education in the Governance Handbook:
- ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.
Minutes of FGB meetings are published on the school's website after approval by the governing board. The FGB has adopted to the Brighton and Hove Code of Conduct for Governing Boards. Associate members do not have voting rights at Full Governing Board meetings but are welcome to attend.
The Governing Body also has a Resources Committee and an Admissions Committee. Minutes of these meetings are published on our Minutes of Meetings page after approval at the following Committee meeting.
The Governing Board
2 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Headteacher, 7 Foundation Governor (6 of whom appointed by the Diocese, and 1 ex officio)
If you are interested in becoming a school governor, you will find more information on our Governor Vacancies page.
Statutory information for the Governing Body is provided on our About the Governors page.