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Terms of Reference for the Governing Body


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 (GIAS).
  • 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.
  • Ensure the school is compliant with the requirements of the GDPR.