Bocking Primary School

Governance and the Role of Governors

The main role of governing boards is a strategic one and boards are the strategic leaders of schools with a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. Governors need to both support and challenge the Head teacher to ensure rigorous attention is paid to raising and maintaining standards in line with both school plans and government requirements. This support/challenge is sometimes referred to as being a critical friend.
Core Strategic Functions of Governing Boards
  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well-spent
As outlined in their new Governance Guidelines, The DfE has high expectations of governing boards and they are increasingly accountable.
Recent Reconstitution
We reconstituted the Governing Board in June 2014 in line with the Department for Education ruling and we now have ten governors: 2 staff governors (including the Head teacher), 3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 6 co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Board and are people, in the opinion of the Governing Board, who have the specific skills required to support the effective workings of the board and the success of the school. We take succession planning seriously and conduct regular reviews to identify which skills we need, or are going to need in the future. We have very recently appointed a new co-opted governor with legal and business skills and are seeking to recruit a further governor with a business, data or education background.
The Work of the Governing Board
Much of the work of the board is delegated to its committees who report back to the full governing body for decision-making. The committees generally meet once per term and currently include:
  • Resources Committee (Finance, Premises)
  • Standards Committee (Pupil Performance)
  • Strategy Committee (Strategy and Planning) 
  • Pay Committee