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Governing Body



Dear Parents and Carers,

On behalf of the Governing Body, we would like to welcome you to our school website and provide you with an insight into the role of the Governing Body.

Our Governing Body is made up of 12 governors from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of different skills all of whom work hard to support the Headteacher, staff and pupils.

As a Governing Body we work with the school to ensure that it delivers good quality education and together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management of the school, we set the school’s aims and policies.

Our Key Roles are:

Setting the strategic direction for the school.

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, making sure its money is well spent and ensuring financial accountability and sustainability.

Other duties include:

Determining how the school’s budget is spent including Pupil Premium

Appointing and dismissing staff

Hearing appeals and grievances

Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline

Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe

Monitoring the school’s aims and policies  

The Full Governing Body meets once every half term and there are 2 sub-committees – The Finance and Personnel Committee who meet each term and the Pupil Progress,

Standards and Curriculum Committee who meet every half term. Individual governors also take a lead role on behalf of the Governing Body in areas including Health and Safety, Pupil Premium, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Attendance and Special Educational Needs. All governors report back on their visits to school at Full Governing Body meetings.

In addition to attending meetings governors visit the school regularly attending special events, meeting with staff and pupils and monitoring progress.                                  

We monitor progress in a variety of ways including: Presentations from subject leaders; Learning Walks; Book Scrutinies, attending Pupil Progress meetings and interviews with pupils. We also receive reports from the Head Teacher and other leaders, the Local Authority Adviser, Outside Agencies and the Junior Leadership Team.

On behalf of the Governing Body we would like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support.


Burnt Tree Primary School Governors.

Below is a list of Governors and their responsibilities. If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors or any member of the Governing Body please do so through the school office. Any concerns related to the day to day management of the school including teaching and learning and pupil discipline must always be referred directly to the Head teacher.

Brief description of the remit to support specific responsibilities:

Attendance & Community – engagement, communication, increased understanding.  Look at feedback from Parent Questionnaires and work with School to analyse.  Look at methods of communication with School, and the use/development of the website.  EEu is a growing population.  Examine After-School provision.  Work closely with Parent Support Adviser (PSA) on Attendance.

Promotion of British Values – knowledge that this is taking place eg assemblies, visits, School Council.

EAL – Progress for specific groups of children and look at interventions to support/how are these children accessing the curriculum.

Governor visits in some instances will need to – have a focus, report back on what was seen and what you would like to see next time.

Any discussion in School between a Governor/Member of Staff needs to be recorded – Governors Diary needs to be updated.