The Governing Board has a right to discuss, question and refine proposals while respecting the professional roles of the Headteacher and other staff, and their responsibilities for the management of the school. In its turn, the Governing Board answers for its actions, above all, to parents and the wider local community for the school’s overall performance. The Governing Board has to comply with regulations set out by the Department of Education and is required to appoint a chair and vice-chair, although St Faith’s Board currently functions with co-Chairs. The Governing Board is also required to meet at least three times a year at Full Governing Board meetings that generally take place near the beginning of each term.
The responsibilities of the Governing Board include assisting in the setting of targets for pupil achievement, managing the school finances, ensuring that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing senior staff, admissions and reviewing staff pay and performance. Some of these functions are discussed at separate committee meetings of the Governing Board, with governors selecting which committee/s they participate in, depending on the contribution they are able to make. Each committee has an agreed remit (known as Terms of Reference), a proforma agenda and recorded minutes.
Currently there are four committees at St Faith’s:
- Teaching and Learning
- Children, Families and Community
Each of these committees meets at least once a term, sometimes more frequently, has specific Terms of Reference and reports to all governors at the termly Full Governing Board meeting. The minutes from these committee meetings are public documents and can be viewed by request at the school office.
In addition to the broad role of the Governing Board and its appointed committees, link governors work with members of the SLT to understand and support the development of the school and act as a conduit to the wider world to enhance the delivery of the whole school experience for the children of St Faith’s.
Our current link areas are detailed here:
Equality Clare MacIntosh
Safeguarding Su Antilli and Andrew Wakely
SEN Rowena Eddington
In addition, at St Faith’s we have Class Link governors. Each class is linked to a particular governor, which proves to be an excellent way to improve our understanding of the daily life of the school and the particular needs of the respective cohorts. Following a class visit, Link governors report the results and findings of their visit to the next full governing board meeting.
Governors welcome feedback from the whole school community and we want you to tell us what you think about how we are doing.
- If you have any comments or concerns about our school, any of the governors would be happy to hear from you via the front office.
- If you wish to make a complaint about an issue at the school then you need to speak to the Headteacher.
- If you are still not satisfied, then the matter can be raised with the Chair of Governors.