“Governors are highly effective and committed to ensuring that all pupils do as well as they can. They are very well informed and bring a wide range of experience to their work. Governors have specific subject responsibilities and keep themselves well informed. They are regular visitors to the school. They have a very good understanding of the quality of teaching and use data to effectively monitor the school’s performance. This enables them to ask insightful questions. They seek assurances that pupil premium funds are used and have developed robust skills to monitor their impact. Governors ensure safeguarding requirements are met and pupils are kept safe.”
What do governors do?
The governing body provides strategic leadership and accountability in school. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff, Southwark Diocese and the Local Authority (Surrey) to ensure the highest standards of achievement.
Its key functions are:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction - governors focus on the strategic whilst the head teacher has operational day to day management of the school, unless weaknesses are identified in which case the governing body has a duty to intervene.
2. Accountability to stakeholders - for the educational performance of the school and pupils. This includes holding the head teacher to account for standards in school.
3. Financial probity - ensuring there is effective and sustainable financial management.
Governors agree the aims and objectives for the school. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the head teacher.