School governors have a central responsibility for overseeing the leadership and direction of their school and improving standards.
While the headteacher is responsible for day-to-day management of the school, the role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic leadership and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.
The Members are the guardians of the governance of the Trust with limited and distanced role, ‘eyes on hands off’ and are holding once a year the Trustees to account for the effective governance of the Trust on the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The Governing Body has a role in setting school performance targets, deciding on spending priorities, recruiting staff and monitoring progress.
Governors also play a formal and informal role in handling complaints from parents.
The governors at Westbury Park are dedicated to their role of supporting and challenging staff to make the school the best it can be for our children.
When considering the skills and training Governors require, particular attention is given to three core strategic functions of the Board of Governors:
Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
To fulfil the role as needed we are running the following two Sub-Committees termly:
Resources and Audit Committee - with the purpose to advise the Trustees on:
Monitor, consider and advice the Trustees on policies and practice related to finance, premises, health & safety and staffing resources;
hold the headteacher and school leadership team to account on matters connected to the above;
Matters related to the Trust's audit arrangements
Systems of internal control and risk management
School Improvement Committee - with the purpose to advise the Trustees on:
Provide strategic direction for the School’s teaching and learning and act as a proactive and strategic body for teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum matters, including quality enhancement and the sharing of good practice;
Develop a formal program of monitoring and assessment of the School’s teaching and learning, in the context of the School’s Five Year Plan, School Development Plan, SEN Action Plan, the National Curriculum, and other DfE and Local Authority guidelines;
Accept fully delegated responsibilities for the discharge of the following duties and to report and make recommendations to the Governing Body.
Monitor, consider and advice the Trustees on policies and practice related to school improvement;
Hold the headteacher and school leadership team to account on matters connected to the same above;
And twice a year:
Pay Committee - with the purpose to advise the Trustees on:
implement the pay policy in a fair and objective manner and to consider any individual representations that may be made in respect of pay decisions
hold the Head teacher and school leadership team to account on matters connected to the same above;
To view our funding agreement,
To view our Articles of Association,
To view our Scheme of Delegation
To view our trustee and member list,
To view our latest Register of Interests,
To view our governor meeting attendance for the 2021/22 academic year,
To view our Annual Planner 2022/23
To view our Governor Impact Statement 2020/21