What the Governing body does?

School governors are a team of people who work closely with the head teacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. The governors appoint the head teacher and make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the children. They play an important role in improving standards throughout the school and agree the school’s budget. Governors provide both challenge and support to head teachers, drawing on their knowledge and experience.

Additionally they;

  • Present the views of parents to the head teacher and full governing body
  • Report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations
  • Make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans
  • Set vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensure statutory duties are met
  • Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety
  • Ask searching questions and respect the position of head teachers as professional leaders of schools
  • Monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing
  • Hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints only where resolution with the head teacher has not been achieved
  • Ensure financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise
  • standards.

At wood lane Primary School the governors meet six times a year as a large group and then six subgroups with specific remits meet each term. If you would like an item to be discussed at a governors meeting please contact one of the governors (via the school office) who will be happy to raise it for you.