The Department of Education state there are three core strategic functions that governing bodies should be fulfilling:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The governing body at Castle Batch is made up of representatives from the parent body, staff body, local authority and other members of the local community. The governing body is answerable to five main stakeholders:
4. Local Authority
Everything the governors do has to be for the betterment of the school and its pupils. Every pound spent from the budget has to be justified against how the school performs and how we live up to our ethos – ‘Happy Confident Children Learning to Learn’.
Governors are responsible for ensuring that the school spends the money we get in the best possible way.
Where all of this comes together and what every parent cares about is the performance of the school in ensuring great outcomes for the children, especially at the end of Key Stage Assessments (End of Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 assessments and KS2 SATs). The Governors goal is to support the school to improve year-on-year, to always do better. Some years the goal is achieved, other years it isn't. Where the goal is not achieved, we will question ‘why didn’t we do better than last year?’ before moving onto ‘how can we work together to do better this year?’
A good governing body will act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school. It’s important that we feel empowered and able to say when we feel things are not right, but then to assist in making things right.