Introduction by Leila Ridley (Chair of Governing Body)
On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to introduce you to the work the Governing Body undertakes to ensure that your child(ren) will receive a sound and enjoyable education here at Grasvenor Avenue Infant school.
Should you wish to get in touch with me and/ or any other governors please contact the school office first at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What We Do
Our Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteachers, staff and the Local Authority. All our Governors maintain a positive relationship with the school leaders which is based on trust, openness and transparency combined with positive challenges.
Whilst the Headteachers are, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors monitor areas such as staffing, curriculum, pupils' achievement, school buildings and finance. This ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
Our governing body decided to place more emphasis on empowering governors to support and challenge the school within a specific area by introducing individual portfolios. The portfolios are intended to encourage governors to develop their ability to hold the school to account and give the opportunity for a more hands on approach and detailed reviews. The portfolio approach has been endorsed by a NLE (National Leader of Education).
Whilst working on the portfolios a decision was made that the governors would continue to have a separate Finance Committee. All documents Governors share & use are safely stored on Perspective and available on request from the school office.
How the Trustees and Governors Work at Grasvenor
The governing body is overseen by the Grasvenor Avenue Infant School Academy Trust. Academy trustees have similar core duties in their role as that of a school governor and must comply with the following duties as trustees of a charity:
Compliance – they must ensure that the charity’s resources are used for the charitable purpose and that the charity complies with the law and its governing document i.e. the articles of association.
Care – they should take reasonable care in their work. In practice, it simply means ensuring that the academy trust is managed efficiently and effectively. It also means considering the need for professional advice on matters where there may be material risk to the charity.
Prudence – they must act responsibly, making sure that the academy trust’s assets are protected and used for the benefit of the charity. The trustees must make sure that the academy trust is solvent and keeps appropriate financial records.
The Trust has separate meetings to the governing body, however, some members of the Trust also serve on the governing body.
The governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
In order to fulfil this role, the governors meet once a term for a full governing body meeting, they also meet termly to review work around portfolios and in addition, the Finance Committee meets on a termly basis.
Introducing our Governors
The Governing Body at Grasvenor Avenue Infant School currently has thirteen members in total:
There are four Parent Governors who are elected by parents at the School
The Executive Head teacher
There is one Staff Governor role
There is one Local Authority Governor
Currently there are two co-opted Governors
And last but not least there are currently four Community Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body based on their experience.
The Head of School attends governing body meetings but has no voting rights.
All our governors excluding the Executive Head teacher are elected or appointed and are unpaid volunteers.