The Governing Body
Badgerbrook Primary School’s Governing Body has a legal responsibility for governance of the school and works with the Headteacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.
Governing bodies have three key roles: setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluation. They are responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future including:
- Setting the school’s vision and ethos
- Setting strategic direction, objectives, targets and policies
- Reviewing progress against the budget, plans and targets
- Approving the school budget
- Acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher by providing support and challenge
- Appointing the Headteacher
- Ensuring the school is accountable to those it serves
Governing bodies are made up of key stakeholders:
- Parents – elected by other parents at the school. Parent governors play a vital role on governing bodies, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint of the school. Through the children, they have a first hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum and how the school is perceived from the ‘consumers’ point of view. This enables parent governors to bring a different perspective to the strategic management of the school. Parent governors are representative parents rather than representatives of parents.
- Staff including the Headteacher – elected by the school staff. Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible to stand for election for staff governorship (school volunteers are not eligible). Staff eligible to be staff governors, are not eligible to be Community or LA governors, nor Parent governors if they work for more than 500 hours per year at the school. However, staff can vote in parent governor elections if they are parents and can be governors at other schools – their employment status will not affect their qualification for governorships in these categories at another school. Upon ceasing to work at the school, the staff governor is disqualified from holding this post. The Headteacher is a governor unless he or she chooses to resign from the governing body, in which case they must inform the clerk of that decision in writing – their position must be held in reserve and cannot be filled by another member of staff.
- Community – the governing body appoints community governors i.e. members of the community a person appointed by the governing body, who lives or works in the community served by the school, or who, in the opinion of the governing body, is committed to the good governance and success of the school, including minor authority representatives. Registered pupils at the school, anyone eligible to be a staff governor or an elected member of the LA are not eligible to be appointed as community governors. All categories of school except voluntary aided schools will have community governors.
- LA – the LA appoints one or more local education authority (LEA) governors a person appointed by the LA. They are only disqualified from appointment as an LA governor if they are eligible to be a staff governor of the school. LA’s are encouraged to appoint high calibre governor candidates to schools that need most support and to appoint candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preferences. In making appointments to particular schools, LA’s should have regard to the skills and experience of which those schools have the greatest need and to candidates’ support for the schools’ ethos and mission. Once appointed, those governors’ priority is to contribute to raising standards at the school: they cannot be mandated by the Authority to take any particular line.
Badgerbrook Primary School is a community school. The governing body was reconstituted in January 2015 and comprises:
- 3 parent governors
- 1 local authority governor
- 1 staff governor
- 1 headteacher
- 6 co-opted governors
As at 31st October 2019 the composition of the Governing Body of Badgerbrook is as follows:
Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests
(for governors who have served over the past 12 months as at 31.8.19)
Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, the governing body at Badgerbrook publishes below up-to-date details of its governance arrangements. This includes:
- the structure and remit of the governing body and any committees, and the full names of the chair of each;
- for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
- their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government),
- relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:
- governance roles in other educational institutions;
- any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives); and
- their attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.
More detailed Governor information can be found here.