Thorpe Primary School Governing Body
What do we do?
The Governing Body is the strategic leader of the school and has a vital role to play in making sure that every child gets the best possible education. The purpose of having a Governing Body is to:
- Help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement.
- School has a delegated budget to cover salaries, running costs, maintenance and equipment; the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget.
- Be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice. Governors are often said to be ambassadors of the school.
- Help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community.
- Make the school accountable to the public for what it does.
- Work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review.
- Exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.
- Not intervene in day to day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.
The Governing Body will therefore be involved in:
- Developing the strategic plan for the school.
- Determining the aims, policies and priorities of the school.
- Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.
- Ensuring the management of the budget.
- Ensuring the health and safety of the pupils and staff.
- Acting within the framework of the policies of the Governing Body and legal requirements.
- Fostering links with parents and the community.
The Full Governing Body meets once a term. There are two sub-committees that meet half- termly. These sub-committees are:
- Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee which is responsible for:
- Monitoring the budget
- Staffing ( including staff well-being)
- Finance & HR related policies
- Sports Premium Grant
- SFVS ( School’s Financial Value Statement)
- Buildings updates including health & safety
- School improvement Committee which is responsible for :
- Pupils data and outcomes
- Overview of teaching
- Pupil attendance, punctuality and behaviour
- Teaching and Learning related policies
All non-staff governors are appointed for all types of Hearings and appointments. Governors are chosen for panels according to eligibility and availability.