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The Governing Body establishes an overall framework for the governance of the academy. It takes on a strategic role, acts as a critical friend to the school and is accountable for its decisions. It sets aims and objectives and reviews, agrees and monitors policies, targets and priorities. Governing Body meetings are open to the public with Minutes available except for matters considered confidential. In the event of a tied vote the Chair or Acting Chair/Vice Chair will have a second or casting vote.

The Governing Body will:

  • Hold at least 3 meetings per year
  • Appoint or remove the clerk
  • Elect a Chair and Vice Chair
  • Advise all parents of any parent governor vacancies, all staff of staff governor vacancies and to appoint co-opted governors
  • Set dates of meetings for the year ahead
  • Receive Head teacher reports
  • Review and monitor national test results
  • Review the level of exclusions
  • Monitor attendance of pupils/staff/governors
  • Monitor accidents/incidents involving pupils/staff/governors/visitors
  • Set pupil performance targets
  • If required, consider the suspension of a governor
  • Provide induction for new governors
  • Encourage governors to visit school and to review, adopt and monitor a governors’ visit policy and feedback procedure
  • Review, adopt and monitor the procedures for dealing with complaints from parents/carers
  • Review, approve and monitor the School Improvement Plan
  • Annually review and approve the School Health and Safety Policy
  • Monitor the implementation of the schools health and safety arrangements
  • Ensure at least 2 governors are appointed to complete the Headteacher’s Performance Management.
  • Maintain and update annually a file of business and pecuniary interest declarations
  • Publish information on governors and their business or pecuniary interests as required by legislation.
  • Ensure governing body information is recorded and kept up to date on the DfE’s national database of governors (Edubase).
  • Review, adopt and monitor a governors’ expenses policy and curriculum policy
  • Review annually the delegation of functions and committee structure     
  • Receive reports and in particular policy documents from its committees for ratification.
  • Monitor the activities of the committees through the minutes of their meetings and establishes committee terms of reference. 
  • Organise support and training for governors
  • To receive a regular report on Safeguarding

The Governing Body has a strategic role in the financial management of schools and its key responsibilities include:

  • Approval of Annual Budget
  • Authorisation of the 3 year financial plan
  • Setting financial priorities through the School Development Plan
  • Appointment and salary of Head Teacher
  • Determination of the staff complement and pay policy for the school     
  • Authorisation of Terms of Reference for all committees
  • Authorisation of non-budgeted expenditure and virements
  • To approve financial regulations and procedures on an annual basis.     
  • Act as a critical friend to the school on all financial matters

The Governing Body will not delegate any functions relating to: the constitution of the Governing Body (unless otherwise provided by the Constitution Regulations), the appointment or removal of the Chair and Vice-Chair, the appointment of the Clerk, the suspension of governors, the delegation of functions and the establishment of committees.


Delegated Functions Overview

The following functions are delegated to the board, but not to any individual:

  • Functions relating to the alteration, discontinuance or change of category of maintained schools;
  • Functions relating to the approval of the first formal budget plan of the financial year;
  • Functions relating to school discipline policies;
  • Functions relating to the exclusions of pupils (except in an emergency when the Chair has the power to exercise these functions);
  • Functions relating to admissions.


The quorum for governing body meetings shall not be less than half of all serving governors and this number shall be rounded up should it be an odd number. Associate governors are not included for the purposes of quorum.



Summer News


DT Week

In the penultimate week of our term, we focused all of our work around an extended DT project Using funding from Rolls Royce, each year group was set the challenge of designing and making a different type of car: Reception and year 1 had to make cars using a cardboard chassis; Years 2 to 4 had to build their own frames out of wood and transport different objects; year 5 had to create a car that ran with a motor and a switch; and Year 6 designed and built their own Go Karts for children in school to play on. It was a brilliant week and we have been blown away by the children's creations!

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Animals, Animals and more animals!

Redhill has been like a mini zoo this term with all of the animals we have had in school! Year 5 have hatched some eggs and raised the chicks for the first two weeks of their lives; Reception have had a new guinea pig as a class pet which they have named Rice Crispie; The Duckligs have also held a special Pet Afternoon where they all brough their pets to school, including a shetand pony; and Year 1 and 3 had a mobile zoo visit which brought animals such as skunks, meerkats, snakes, spiders and cockroaches for them to play with! It's been a wonderful, animal-filled term!

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Caribbean Day

For their Enterprise Day, the Year 2s held a fantastic Caribbean day in school for the parents to attend. They performed an amazing assembly inspired by Caribbean stories, ate lots of delicious Caribbean food and shared their incredible Caribbean art. It was a brilliant day!

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Summer Fair

This term we also enjoyed our amazing annual Summer Fair which is organised yearly by our brilliant PTFA. We manage to raise over £2000 for the school and we had lots of amazing attractions such as this brilliant little skate park.

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Since September 2016, the following Training has been undertaken by one or more Governors:

  • E-Safety Training
  • Governor Induction
  • Safeguarding including the Prevent Duty, Female Genital Mutilation and Safer Recruitment.
  • Raiseonline - how to interpret the performance data.
  • Health & Safety – the role of Governors.


We are members of the National Governors Association (NGA) network www.nga.org.uk. This organisation is specifically there to support Governors in schools and offers a range of information, advice and guidance.


We have an independent Clerk for our Full Governing Body meetings, Julie Fowler. Our committees are clerked through the school or by a Governor. You can contact our Clerk at: julie.fowler197@gmail.com