Role of the Governors

Introduction

The Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the management and the strategic direction of the school and for determining the policies of the school, within the framework set by national legislation. The Governors are accountable to pupils, parents, Ofsted and the Local Authority for the school’s performance and the standard of teaching and learning at Christleton High School.

All governors are volunteers and are drawn from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Governors spend on average around 6 - 10 hours a month on school matters.

We hold Business meetings each term.

Governor duties

Strategic Goals for 2015 - 2017

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Strategic School Development Plan 2015 - 2017 Download

How is the Governing Body made up?

The Academy has the following Governors as set out in its Articles of Association and funding agreement:

How are Governors appointed?

With the exception of staff and parent governors, all governors are elected by the members of the academy trust.

The Chair of Governors and Vice Chair are elected by the Governing Body at the first meeting of the full Governing Body each year.

Governors are appointed for a four year period, except that this time limit does not apply to the Headteacher. Subject to remaining eligible to be a particular type of Governor, any Governor can be re-appointed or re-elected.

When appointing new Governors, the Members will give consideration to the skills and experience mix of existing Governors in order to ensure that the Board has the necessary skills to contribute fully to the school's development.

How does the governing body carry out its role?

The full Governing Body meets once every term (the attendance records for which can be found with the Academy Trust’s Annual Report and Financial Statements). Members of the governing body also sit on at least one other committee which concentrate in more detail on specific areas of the school. Those committee meetings are also held termly and each committee has an elected chair whose responsibility it is to feed findings, discussions and actions into the Full Governing Body meeting.

In addition to attending committee meetings and help them develop a better understanding of school life governors regularly visit the school to meet with staff and pupils. To fulfil their duties effectively governors are linked to specific departments which take into account their own interests and skills.

Our governors are required to attend internal and external training and development courses to help them perform their role. This training is co-ordinated by the governing body to ensure that all governors have the relevant skills and ensure their knowledge is up to date.

How can I contact the school Governors?

The governors welcome any comments and suggestions on the school and are particularly interested in the views of parents and carers.

You can also send your comments in writing to the following address:

Chair of Governors
Christleton High School
Village Road
Christleton
Chester
Cheshire
CH3 7AD

Any issues raised by the parents can then be fed into the next appropriate committee meeting for discussion.

Parents are encouraged to use the school’s complaints process in the first instance for any complaints, as governors only become involved when a satisfactory resolution of a submitted complaint has not been possible.

How do I become a parent governor?

Parent governors are elected by parents and staff governors are elected by staff. Whenever there is a vacancy for a parent governor, this will be advertised in newsletters and on the school website. Details of the election process will be circulated by SchoolComms. Staff governor vacancies will be advertised internally to staff.

Elections are held for parent governors whenever a term of office ends or a parent governor resigns. The Chair of Governors or one of the existing parent governors will be pleased to discuss the role with you at any time.