Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Business and Financial Interests for your information.
Who are our school Governors?
The school Governing Body can consist of :
- Parent governors
- Staff Governors
- LEA appointed Governors
- Community Governors
In addition, the Governing Body must elect a Chair and Vice Chair.
You can contact the Chair of Governors by emailing the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do our Governors do?
The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
Consequently our Governing Body has three core functions:
• To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• To hold leaders to account for the educational performance of HHELC and its pupils and students, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
• To oversee the financial performance of HHELC and making sure its money is well spent.
Our Governing Body bases the work it does on three key features:
- Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy
- Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance
- Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy through:
• a clear and explicit vision for the future which has pupil progress and achievement at its heart and is communicated to the whole organisation;
• strong and clear values and ethos which are defined and modelled by the board, embedded across the organisation and adhered to by all that work in it, or on behalf of it;
• strategic planning that defines medium to long-term strategic goals, and development and improvement priorities which are understood by all in the organisation
• processes to monitor and review progress against agreed strategic goals and to refresh the vision and goals periodically
• mechanisms for enabling the board to listen, understand and respond to the voices of parents/carers, pupils, staff, local communities and employers;
• determination to initiate and lead strategic change when this is in the best interests of children, young people and the organisation
2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial health through:
• rigorous analysis of pupil progress, attainment and financial information with comparison against local and national benchmarks and over time;
• clear processes for overseeing and monitoring school improvement and financial health, providing constructive challenge to executive leaders;
• a transparent system for performance managing executive leaders, which is understood by all in the organisation, linked to defined strategic priorities and reviewing the school’s appraisal policy
• a regular cycle of meetings and appropriate processes to support business and financial planning; and
• effective controls for managing within available resources and ensuring regularity, propriety and value for money
Supporting the publication of an action plan following a school inspection
3. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements, through:
• awareness of, and adherence to, responsibilities under education and employment legislation
• plans to ensure that key duties are undertaken effectively across the organisation such as safeguarding, inclusion, special education needs and disability (SEND), and monitoring and oversight of other targeted funding streams
• understanding of, and adherence to, responsibilities under the Equalities Act, promoting equality and diversity throughout the organisation
The Governing Body is not responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher.
The Governing Body agreed to the HHELC Governing body Code of Conduct in March 2019. A copy can be found in the pull down menu titles Policies.
Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests
Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. Governing bodies should therefore publish on their website information about their members. The information they should publish should, as a minimum include for each governor:
• their name;
• their category of governor;
• which body appoints them;
• their term of office;
• the names of any committees the governor serves on;
• details of any positions of responsibility such as chair or vice-chair of the governing body or a committee of the governing body.
From 1st September 2015, governing bodies will be under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests. The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.
Governing bodies should make it clear in their code of conduct that this information will be published on their governors and, where applicable, their associate members. Any governor failing to reveal information to enable the governing body to fulfil their responsibilities may be in breach of the code of conduct and as a result be bringing the governing body into disrepute. In such cases the governing body should consider suspending the governor.