The Governing Body have the overall responsibility for the management of the school. The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school and its general leadership.
The Governing Body meets every half term to hear reports on the progress being made in the school, to review reports from each of the committees and make any important decisions that are required.
Much of the key work of the Governing Body is achieved through its committees. Some of the main committees and their responsibilities are as follows.
Pay, Personnel and Finance Committee (PayPerFin)
This committee acts as three committees in one, managing the personnel and financial aspects of the school.
The Pay Committee reviews all decisions regarding staff annual pay, after the annual performance management reviews for each staff member. The Headteacher reviews the performance of staff, and the SENCO reviews the performance of the Teaching Assistants, ahead of the governors making their pay decisions.
The Personnel Committee makes all decisions regarding the employment of staff, including appointing new staff. The Headteacher makes decisions regarding where staff work in the school, and works with the SENCo to determine where Teaching Assistants will work in the school.
The Finance Committee makes important decisions regarding the setting of the annual budget, based on the allocation received from Hampshire, making sure the school works within its financial means and appropriate aspects of school funding are appropriately budgeted for. The committee then monitors the use of the budget on a monthly basis, to ensure it keeps close track on planned and actual expenditure within the budget limits. In addition to this, the committee also makes decision regarding the use of capital funds for improvements to school facilities. All major financial decisions have to be ratified by the full Governing Body.
Standards and Curriculum (SaC)
The Standards and Curriculum Committee are responsible for monitoring the curriculum provision across the whole school, and for ensuring the school works hard to achieve high standards in progress and attainment. The committee will annually monitor the test data for the school, asking questions about the standards being achieved, as well as looking at future predictions. They discuss areas where the school is focussing time and energy for improvement, as part of the overall School Strategic Plan.
The Premises Committee are responsible for the school buildings and the school site, making sure that features such as Health and Safety are well maintained, and looking at ways to help enhance our school site for the future. This committee has been very influential in many decisions made regarding our recent new buildings and the processes leading up to securing this work. Many of the decisions are on a much smaller scale, of course, making sure the building and site are well maintained and improved where necessary. The committee has to liaise with the Finance Committee at times, to ensure all planned works are suitably within budget.