Governors’ Information and Duties
This section contains information about our school’s governors, including:
- details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees
- information about each governor’s:
- business interests
- financial interests
- governance roles in other schools
Categories of Governors at Florence Melly
Parents, including carers, of pupils at the school. They are elected by other parents, as vacancies arise, for a 4 year term. Parent governors are well placed to understand parents’ views and to remind the governing body how matters being discussed affect parents. They are also in a good position to help the governing body to communicate effectively with parents. Parent governors are representatives for parents as a whole but do not represent individual parents.
Staff governors are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school – volunteers are not eligible. The head teacher of any school is always a member of the governing body and counts as a member of the staff category.
Local Authority Governors
LA governors are appointed by the Local Authority. In Liverpool, the City Council is the appointing body.
Community governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests, including the business community.
School governors are the largest volunteer force in the country with over 300,000 school governors in England.
The governing body carries out its functions with the aim of taking a supportive role in the running of the school.
- Setting targets for pupil achievement
- Making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
- Monitoring and evaluating school performance
- Managing school’s finances
- Appointing staff
- Reviewing staff performance and pay
- Ensuring the accountability of school staff
- The performance management of the head teacher – again a supportive role but one which ensures the head teacher is taking the school in the right direction.
There are also sub-committees, separate to the main governing body, with members having more input where their interests and expertise lie; allowing for more focus on specific areas e.g. finance, curriculum, performance management.
As the governing body of Florence Melly School we also work closely with PATCH and the children, via their school council; getting regular updates and feedback from their meetings.