Overview of the Governing Body Role
Governors are volunteers whose main role is to work with the school to make sure that all the children attending Holy Trinity receive the best education in a supportive and safe setting. The Governors at Holy Trinity want to make sure that everyone is clear about the role of the governing body and what the schools vision is.
The Governing body at Holy Trinity is made up of ten people from a range of backgrounds who all have different skills but none of the Governors could do their job without the expertise of the Lissa Oldcorn the Head, her leadership team and all the other staff working at the school. The Head and other staff members attend Governors meetings to ensure the Governors are informed about all aspect of school life.
Holy Trinity is very unique because it is the only school in the country that teachers children aged 3-16 and is a joint Catholic and Church of England school. This means our governor membership is also unique, there are 4 practising Foundation Catholic and 4 practising Foundation Church of England Governors as well as 2 parent Governors. Foundation The Church of England Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop of Leeds and the Catholic Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop of Hallam. Parent Governors are elected by the parents / carers of pupils at the school. It’s very important that everyone realises that the Governors work as a team. They are not a collection of individuals with separate agenda’s. Obviously on some occasions individual Governors may have different opinions but they are committed to the school and understand their responsibility is to ensure the school’s long term success by holding the leadership team to account.
Governing bodies of Academies have several functions, the main ones being to ensure:
The vision, ethos* and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined and that everyone associated with the school understands what they are
That the Head teacher performs the responsibilities they hold for ensuring the educational performance of the school
Support is provided to the Head Teacher to ensure that all children realise their potential and that all staff are supported and trained to achieve this.
The school leadership team is held to account for the provision of teaching and learning
* The school is conducted in accordance with the canon law and teachings of both the Roman Catholic and Church of England in partnership with the churches parish / deadbeat and diocesan levels.
Everyone associated with the school understands the school’s vision and ethos for your children
Support is provided to the Head Teacher to ensure that your children realise their potential and that all staff are supported and trained to achieve this.
Funding is well spent.
They also carry out other important duties which include:
Hearing appeals and grievances relating to pupil and staff issues
Forming policy on the schools curriculum and collective worship
Setting standards for pupils behaviour and discipline
Setting and monitoring the schools aims and policies
Monitoring specific areas of work e.g health and safety / safeguarding
In order to ensure the governing body are able to oversee the management of Holy Trinity’s strategy, policy and staffing and make sure that the school works effectively and efficiently throughout the school year they attend a series of Governor meetings. Please look at the Governor section “How the Governors work” for more information.
There is also a Full Governing Body meeting. Each meetings takes place every term. Governors also visit school at other times. Everyone at Holy Trinity wants to give your child the best possible chance in life to succeed and with the right commitment from everyone, governors, the staff and yourselves we will make this happen.