Structure and Responsibilities
The Governing Body of the Orchard School consists of 18 members all of whom give their services voluntarily and without financial reward.
Each member usually serves for a period of 4 years and is elected/appointed as either a parent, local authority, community or staff Governor.
- Parent governors as the title suggests, are parents of children in the school and are nominated and voted onto the Governing body by all parents.
- LA governor is appointed by the local authority.
- Co-opted governors are elected by the Governors to represent community interests and can be people who live and/or work in the vicinity of the school or others who have an interest in the School and are committed to its success.
- Staff governor is elected by staff, representing both teaching and non teaching staff in the School.
On the Governing Body at present we have
- 4 Parent governors
- 1 L.A. governor
- 11 Co-opted governors
- 1 Staffing governor
- 1 Headteacher
The duties and responsibilities of the Governing Body are many and varied but essentially it works very closely with the Head Teacher in:
- setting the aims and objectives of the school
- adopting policies and setting targets to achieve those aims
- monitoring and evaluating the progress made and
- reviewing the stategies being employed
To do this effectively and efficiently the Governing Body has set up a number of committees with specifically definded responsibilities, the main ones of which are
- Ensures the school meets National curriculum requirements.
- Develops and monitors the school Improvment Plan.
- Develops and makes recommendations on curriculum policies and assessment.
Finance and Health & Safety Committee
- Develops and reviews the school’s policy on all financial and health and safety matters.
- Monitors the effectiveness of these policies and reviews as appropriate.
- Produces the annual budget which reflects the priorities of the school Improvement Plan, together with best value, and monitors actual spend against budget on a regular basis.
- Reviews, develops and maintains a staffing structure that will deliver the school Improvement Plan.
- Interviews and appoints staff.
- Implements pay policies, staff development and performance management schemes.
If you would like additional information then our Clerk who is located at the school will be pleased to help.