The Role of the WSSES Governing Body
The Governing Body carry out a largely strategic role in the running of the school whilst the Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation and day-to-day management of the school.
The Governing Body is a legal entity comprising 12 governors who serve a 4 year term and are appointed from a number of sources to ensure a good representation of all sections of the local community. Governors represent one of the largest volunteer groups in the UK and are responsible for working with the Head Teacher to raise standards of achievement for all pupils at the school, for setting the budget and for overseeing the curriculum.
We act as a critical friend to the school and in order to achieve this, we regularly visit the school both formally to review progress in specific subject areas but also as a ‘friendly face’ to get to know both pupils and staff. We will normally be present at parents’ evenings and other school events so that parents can talk to us informally.
We meet formally every month (except August) to discuss a wide range of school initiatives, monitor progress and review the school budget. Separate working parties are formed as necessary to investigate specific issues, such as academies and the website launch in recent years.
Who’s Who on the WSSES Governing Body
Our Governing Body is made up as follows:
1 Head Teacher
3 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
3 Co-opted Governors
3 Foundation Governors
We also appoint a Clerk who works with the Chair, Vice-Chair & Head Teacher to draw up the agenda for meetings, distribute the appropriate information in good time for meetings and write formal minutes.