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What does the governing body do?

Our local governing body consists of unpaid members who monitor the strategic direction of the school as defined by the Ted Wragg Trust in their scheme of delegation (link to document). We are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school but we use our mix of skills to hold the head teacher to account and scrutinise the financial probity of the school ensuring value for money is obtained from our allocated budget. We discuss and agree school improvement strategies with their priorities and targets which we monitor over the school year. We have a responsibility for health and safety ensuring risks to the organisation are adequately managed and taken interest in the well-being of both students and staff.

The governing body has three core roles defined by the Department for Education.

Establishing the strategic direction, by:
– Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
– Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
– Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:
– Appointing the headteacher
– Monitoring progress towards targets
– Performance managing the headteacher
– Engaging with stakeholders
– Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:
– Setting the budget
– Monitoring spending against the budget
– Ensuring value for money is obtained
– Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

 

Governing bodies play a strategic role, focusing on holding the Headteacher to account. We are not involved in the day to day running of the school, which is the responsibility of the staff. Governors use their skills to create accountability, not to do the School’s job for it. For example, a governor with financial expertise should use their skills to scrutinise the School’s accounts, not to help prepare them.

Our governing body consists of a maximum number of 20 members that include eight parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor, one headteacher seven co-opted governors, and two foundation governors. Each governor serves for a term of four years, re-electable for a further four years.

The governing body as a whole is accountable for the performance of the school. We act as a corporate body and this means that governors are not able to act or make decisions as individuals, only as a body. Once decisions are agreed by the governing body, they become the decision of the whole governing body whether or not an individual governor voted in favour of the decision.

Our full governing body meets twice a term. Some governors have specific areas of responsibility and report back to the governing body at such meetings. (See governor profiles). Some work is undertaken in subcommittees (see terms of reference for subcommittees.)

Click here to download the Chairs Update.

To contact the governors, please go via the Clerk to the Governors, email governors@westexe.devon.sch.uk, write to West Exe School, Hatherleigh Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 9JU , or leave a message on 01392 660100.