The Role of the Governing Body
The governing body has overall responsibility for ensuring the school provides a high quality education for all its children through working with the headteacher and members of staff to maintain high standards. The main roles of governance are:
Strategic:Long term plans and direction of the school; aims and ethos of the school; operational policies
Support & Challenge: Be a ‘critical friend’ by being supportive but challenging; monitor and evaluate performance against targets; hold the school to account
Accountability: Ensure the National Curriculum is delivered; responsibility for the school budget; accountable to the whole school community for the school’s overall performance
The full Governing Body meets five times a year, plus a school improvement planning meeting, committee meetings, an in-house governor training session and governor visits to school. In addition governors attend training courses to develop their knowledge in specific areas of school governance.
The Structure of the Governing Body
The Governing Body of Knutsford School re-constituted in December 2012 and now consists of twelve governors and two Associate Members, supported by a clerk to the governors. The categories of governors are as follows:
- The Headteacher
- One member of staff elected from and by paid members of the school staff
- Four parent governors elected from and by parents and carers of children attending the school and nursery
- One local authority governor appointed by the local education authority
- Five co-opted governors appointed by the governing body
- The INCo (Inclusion Co-ordinator) and the School Business Manager are associate members each reporting on their work to a committee. They do not have voting rights.
The governing body is led by a chairperson elected by the governing body. The current Chair of Governors is Darren Stretton.
The main work of the Governing Body is conducted by two committees:
|Resources Committee||Curriculum and Standards Committee|
The Resources Committee meets five times a year to oversee the school budget, the premises, health and safety and personnel matters.
The members of this committee are:
The Curriculum and Standards Committee meets three times a year to monitor curriculum delivery, pupil achievements, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and equalities matters.
The members of this committee are:
Other committees and working groups are formed as required from those governors with the appropriate training or experience (e.g. Appeals, Complaints, Pupil or Staff Discipline).
Each governor is linked to a focus area related to the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
|Governor||Start Date||Term of Office||Stepped Down||Category*||Relevant Business or Financial Interests||Responsibilities||Link Area||Committee||Regular (80%+) Attendance|
|Nadia Akhtar||14/01/2016||4 years||–||COP||None||–||SEND/Inclusion||Curriculum & Standards||No|
Curriculum & Standards
|Nicola Beaumont||20/12/2013||4 years||–||COP||None||–||Child Protection||Resources||Yes|
|Irene Dubuis||14/05/2014||4 years||26/11/2015||LA||None||–||–||Curriculum & Standards||Yes|
|Gabby Franklin||17/10/2016||4 years||–||COP||Head of Knutsford Community Pre-School||Vice Chair||PE & Sports Premium||Curriculum & Standards||Yes|
|Laura Gonsalves||07/02/2017||4 years||–||PAR||None||–||–||Curriculum & Standards|
|Tracy Griffiths||29/09/2014||4 years||–||PAR||None||Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee||
|Curriculum & Standards||Yes|
|Ben Hantonne||01/12/2016||4 years||–||LA||None||–||–||Curriculum & Standards||Yes|
|Richard Hogg||08/10/2015||4 years||–||COP||None||–||Finance & Audit||Resources||Yes|
|Ebraz Khan||29/09/2014||4 years||–||PAR||None||Chair of Resources Committee||Maths||Resources||Yes|
|Harsha Moore||29/09/2014||4 years||–||PAR||None||–||
Health & Safety
|Virginia Palmer||20/12/2013||4years||22/07/2016||COP||None||–||–||Curriculum & Standards||Yes|
|Jackie Sansom||22/11/2015||4 years||–||STF||None||–||Pupil Premium & Children Looked After||Curriculum & Standards||Yes|
|Mark Smith||01/05/2016||4 years||06/10/2016||LA||None||Governor Development Co-ordinator||–||Resources||Yes|
|Darren Stretton||02/12/2016||4 years||–||COP||None||Chair of Governors||–||Yes|
|Catherine Hutchinson||01/09/2016||n/a||–||AM||Inclusion Coordinator||–||–||Curriculum & Standards||Yes|
|Maria Bishop||01/10/2015||n/a||–||AM||School Business Manager||–||–||Resources||Yes|
* COP: Co-opted Governor
LA: Local Authority Governor
PAR: Parent Governor
AM: Associate Member
STF: Staff Governor