By law, a Local Authority school has to have a Governing Body, and the law also states what a Governing Body must do and the rules by which it must abide. A Governing Body helps a school to provide the best possible education for its pupils by:
Individual governors also take on specific roles within the Governing Body, for example, taking an overview of Special Education Needs, a specific curriculum subject, Safeguarding of Children, or a finance role. Governors also hear appeals arising from complaints to the school, or various disciplinary matters.
St Michael's Full Governing Body has 14 governors (including the Headteacher), unless we have any vacancies. We are helped by our clerk.
Governors represent areas of the community with an interest in the school. St Michael's has 3 parent governors, who are elected by, and from amongst the parents at the school. Staff governors are elected by, and from amongst the teaching and non teaching staff. We have 1 Local Authority governor who is appointed by the Local Authority, 3 foundation governors, appointed by the parish, and 5 co-opted governors, who are appointed by the Governing Body. We regularly carry out a skills audit of the Governing Body, and appoint co-opted governors according to their skill set.
The minutes of Full Governing Body meetings are public documents, and available to view at the school office.