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The governing body is made up of 12 governors specifically selected from different areas of school stakeholders.  It consists of the following:

  • 2 parents
  • 1 Local Authority
  • 1 Staff member
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 4 Co-opted
  • 3 Foundation

 The purpose of having a governing body is to:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
  • monitor and review progress made in school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

At Salehurst we fulfill these duties in a range of ways:

Governor monitoring visits take place throughout the year. The purpose of these visits is for governors to gain an overview of how the school is doing, to monitor progress ensuring the school is on track to meet its targets and to follow up on any issues raised at previous visits.

Our governors are assigned a link class. This means each class has a ‘special relationship’ with a governor who can represent their views at full governing body meetings.

Governors also play a critical role in the ongoing process of school development. Every year staff and governors look at the school data, parent and pupil questionnaire responses and the school budget and plan for the year ahead. The document created through this process is the ‘School Improvement Plan’ known as the SIP. It is the role of the governors to have an in depth understanding of the areas highlighted for improvement and to monitor their development throughout the year.

Governors also develop, ratify and implement a range of statutory and non-statutory policies in the school. These range from policies on ‘Management of Contractors’ to ones more relevant to parents including policies for handwriting, school uniform and independent learning.