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Foxton Primary School

Foxton Primary School

The Role of the Governing Body

The main aim of the school is to raise the educational achievements of all its pupils, and to this end, the governing body has the following core strategic functions:

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the Headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Governors have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates. 

The Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management of the school and operation of the curriculum.

The Governing Body acts as a critical friend to the school and is made up of a group of ten individuals (including the Headteacher) from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the governors are parents or members of staff, and some come from the wider community or the local authority. This mix provides a wealth of experience, skills and views.

The structure of governance includes: the Full Governing Body which meets once every half term, a Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee (which also covers Health & Safety), a Data Group and allocated link governor responsibilities.