John Jamieson School

Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

What do we do?

Governors work together to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards. The school's Governing Body does not run the school; this is the job of the Principal and other senior staff.

Key Roles of Governors:
 
• To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• To hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• To hold the Principal to account for the performance management of staff
• To oversee the financial performance of the school

We also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
 
• Determining how the school's budget is spent
• The appointment and dismissal of staff
• Hearing appeals and grievances
• Forming policy on the school's curriculum
• Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
• Making sure school buildings are safe and welcoming
• Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
• Ensuring Safeguarding procedures are effective.
 

In order to do this, our governors gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community.  

How do we do it?

The Governing body meet formally each half term. Meeting dates are set in advance for the year and meetings generally last between two and three hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is expected, with apologies only for good reasons.

In between these formal meetings we have sub-committee meetings - at the East SILC we have four sub-committees;
 
1. The Building & Premises sub-committee
2. Standards, Achievement and Pupil Support Committee
3. The Finance sub-committee
4. The Pay Review/Performance Management sub-committee



In addition some governors volunteer to fulfil specific roles, such as Safeguarding governor, Child Protection governor, or the link governor for a particular year group or subject.

All governors make visits to school to review progress made towards objectives identified for development in the service improvement plan.

The governing body are people who want to make a positive contribution to the education of our children and young people. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school and it has an important part to play in raising school standards.
 
Who are we?

The governing body of the East SILC is made up of representatives from the local community, Local Authority, Health, school staff and parents/carers.









 

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