Governing Body

Terms of Reference agreed by the Governing Board:

Date Reviewed Next Review Date
09/02/15 Autumn Term 2015 Governing Board Meeting
13/10/14 Autumn Term 2015 Governing Board Meeting
02/09/14 Autumn Term 2014 Governing Board Meeting
10/07/14 Autumn Term 2014 Governing Board Meeting
23/06/14 Autumn Term 2014 Governing Board Meeting
26/11/13 Autumn Term 2014 Governing Board Meeting

The Role of the Chair of the Governing Board

  • To ensure the business of the Governing Board is conducted properly, in accordance with legal and Stoke on Trent City Council delegation requirements.
  • To ensure meetings are run effectively, focusing on priorities and making the best use of time available, and to ensure that all members have an equal opportunity to participate in discussion and decision-making.
  • To establish and foster an effective relationship with the Headteacher based on trust and mutual respect for each other’s roles. The Chair has an important role in ensuring that the Governing Board acts as a sounding board to the Headteacher and provides strategic direction.

Disqualification – The Headteacher, Staff Governors, Pupils, Staff Members

The Role of the Clerk to the Governing Board

  • To work effectively with the Chair of Governors, the other Governors and the Headteacher to support the Governing Board.
  • To advise the Governing Board on Constitutional and Procedural Matters, duties and powers.
  • To convene meetings of the Governing Board.
  • To attend meetings of the Governing Board and ensure minutes are taken.
  • To maintain a register of members of the Governing Board and report vacancies to the Governing Board.
  • To give and receive notices in accordance with relevant regulations.
  • To perform such other functions as may be determined by the Governing Board from time to time.

Disqualification – Governors, Associate Members, the Headteacher

The Role of the Chair of a Committee

  • To ensure the business of the Committee is conducted properly, in accordance with legal requirements.
  • To ensure meetings are run effectively, focusing on priorities and making the best use of time available, and to ensure that all members have an equal opportunity to participate in discussion and decision-making.

Disqualification – none

The Role of the Clerk to Committees

  • To advise the Committee on procedural and legal matters.
  • To convene meetings of the Committee.
  • To attend meetings of the Committee and ensure minutes are taken.
  • To perform such other functions with respect to the Committee as may be determined by the Governing Board from time to time.

The Governing Board
The Governing Board needs to take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the School and be accountable for its decisions. It should set aims and objectives and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities

Terms of reference:

  • To agree constitutional matters*, including procedures where the Governing Board has discretion.
  • To recruit new members as vacancies arise and to appoint new governors* where appropriate.
  • To hold at least three Governing Board meetings a year.*
  • To appoint or remove the Chair and Vice Chair.*
  • To appoint or remove a Clerk to the Governing Board.*
  • To establish the committees of the Governing Board and their terms of reference.*
  • To appoint the Chair of any committee (if not delegated to the committee itself).
  • To appoint or remove a Clerk to each committee.*
  • To suspend a governor.*
  • To decide which functions of the Governing Board will be delegated to committees, groups and individuals.*
  • To receive reports from any individual or committee to whom a decision has been delegated and to consider whether any further action by the Governing Board is necessary.*
  • To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year.
  • To keep the Health and Safety Policy and its practice under review and to make revisions where appropriate.
  • To review the delegation arrangements annually.*

*these matters cannot be delegated to either a committee or an individual

Membership – As per the Instrument of Government

Disqualification – as per Regulation 20 and Schedule 6 of the Constitution Regulations

Name of Governor

Start of Term of Office

End of Term of Office

Mrs J Barnes 01/09/13 31/08/17
Mrs P Bloor 01/09/05 OPEN ENDED
Mrs S Cotton 08/12/11 07/12/15
Mrs P Dixon 07/12/11 06/12/15
Mrs L Groves 21/03/13 20/03/17
Miss S Mazzei-Scaglione 30/08/14 31/08/18
Mrs K Miah 01/09/14 31/08/18
Miss J Pickerill 04/02/15 03/02/19
Rev C Rushton 05/03/13 04/03/17
Mrs H Rushton 05/03/13 04/03/17
Ms L Smith 01/09/13 3/08/17
Mrs J Spiers 06/03/13 05/03/17
Mrs Y Talbot 10/09/14 09/09/18
Mr J Cox (ASC member) 11/06/11 10/06/15

Chair of the Governing Board

Mrs J Spiers

Vice-Chair of the Governing Board

Mrs S Cotton

Clerk (s) to the Governing Board

Mrs A Cooke

Quorum:

One half of the numbers of Governors in post

A summary of Governors can be downloaded from here.