The Role of the Governing Body
Governing bodies are elected strategic leaders who have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education at their school. The law states that the main purpose of a governing body is to, 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school'.
Their three core strategic functions are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head teacher 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 and making sure its money is spent well.
The governing body operates at a strategic level, leaving the head teacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to it for the operational day-to-day running of the school. Although governors are volunteers, they have a demanding role that requires skill and professionalism. As leaders of the school they are accountable to Ofsted for its effectiveness.
Governors duties include:
- Helping to establish (with the Head Teacher) the aims and policies of the school, and how the standards of education can be improved;
- Shaping the conduct of the School – that is, how in general terms, it should be run;
- Helping to draw up (with the Head Teacher and Staff) the School Development Plan;
- Overseeing the spending of the School’s budget;
- Making sure that the Curriculum is stimulating and diverse;
- Appointing, promoting, supporting and, if necessary, disciplining staff;
- Working with staff to support and, if necessary, discipline pupils;
- Supporting the Head teacher to establish and maintain good relationships with parents;
- Acting as a link between the local community and the school.
Walsall Wood Governors
We believe our governance to be very effective because we have:
- the right people around the table;
- understanding of roles & responsibilities;
- excellent chairing;
- professional clerking;
- relationships based on trust;
- knowledge the school – the data, the staff, the parents, the children, the community;
- commitment to asking challenging questions;
- confidence to have courageous conversations in the interests of the children at Walsall Wood.
Our governing body has been successfully re-constituted. All governors, (other than the Head) have a term of office of four years. Members are voted into the positions by either members of the governing body or in the case of parent representatives, by parents. All governors complete an annual skills audit and declaration of interest. Please find below details of our governors: