Welcome to the governor section of our school website. In tandem with the half termly Governor Newsletters, the aim of these pages is to introduce the roles and actions undertaken by the Governing Body, whilst also enhancing transparency of some of the focus areas being worked on throughout the year to the benefit of both John Keble and Ampfield schools.
Names, photos and profiles of the various governors can be found in the tabs above.
The role of the Governing Body
In order for the Governing Body to properly carry out its work within the school and the community, the governors work as a voluntary team to collaboratively fulfil the following core functions:
Establishing strategic direction, by:
- Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
- Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
- Meeting statutory duties
Ensuring accountability, by:
- Appointing and performance managing the Executive Headteacher
- Monitoring progress towards targets
- Engaging with stakeholders (staff, parents, pupils, education authorities, suppliers, etc.)
- Contributing to school self-evaluation and supporting Ofsted evaluations
Ensuring financial probity, by:
- Setting the budget
- Monitoring spending against the budget and ensuring value for money is obtained
- Ensuring risks to the Federation are manage
What does this mean in practice?
Very simply, school governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education – but it goes significantly beyond that, to setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. For us, that means we look at each school individually and as part of a federation of two schools together.
Each governor is assigned one or more areas of oversight and responsibility; ranging from the standards of specific subjects taught within the schools, ensuring children with special educational needs are accounted for and that the health & safety standards across the schools are adhered to, right across to assessing staff performance integrity, attending interviews, grievances and disciplinary matters and approving spend for new equipment and facilities. We’re here to observe, challenge and support.
All governors are part of the Full Governing Body (FGB) which meets almost every month to discuss key issues, updates and focus areas (i.e. aspects requiring attention, documentation that needs reviewing and self-evaluations based upon expected standards). Some governors join working parties to focus on specific areas such as school finances and future strategy.