A governing body at a school helps steer a school, establish its vision and ethos and challenge the staff to deliver the goals that are set. They are an integral part of the strategic running of the school. Including the principal and a staff member the group includes parents and community members who are professionals within partners school and individual from within the local community and beyond. This body forms a team committed to improving the lives and future prospects of young people. Each individual has an active interest and or professional connection to the world of education and academic development. Whilst they hold the headteacher to account through supportive challenge they are also able to raise and challenge issues on behalf of the school community.
Ofsted has frequently cited that, there is a clear relationship between effective governance, the quality of leadership and management, and student achievement. With such a mandate it is an increasingly that governors have a huge responsibility but while challenging, it can also be extremely rewarding.
The LGB operates with these committees: Strategic Progress Board and Finance and General Purposes committee” (these are the mandatory committees all the academies have to operate – they can have more if they wish, but not instead of SPB and FGP).
All governors are representatives of the local community, parents and academy staff and linked agents. They are appointed/approved by Ormiston Academies trust and serve and 4-year term of office.