Welcome to St Luke's School Governing Body
The Structure of our Governing Body
Individual Governors are volunteers who are appointed or elected to our school Governing Body. Our School's Instrument of Government specifies the structure of our Governing Body. Our Governing Body Constitution consists of nine governors, made up of two parent governors, one local authority governor, the Headteacher, two co-opted governors, and two foundation governors.
Types of Governors and their Role
Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school, except in certain circumstances where they are appointed by the Governing body, for instance, when the number of vacancies is greater than the number of parents standing for election. Any parent or person with parental responsibility, or a carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election can stand as a parent governor. Parent governors can remain in office until the end of their term of office, even if their child leaves the school. The role of the parent governor is not a spokesperson for the views of parents. They are the same as any other governor on the body, providing a ‘parental viewpoint’, i.e. representative of parents rather than the representative of parents.
The Headteacher is a governor by default, although they do not have to take up the role. They can resign from their governor role. The role of the Headteacher is to implement the strategic framework established by the Governing body, which they will help develop as a member of the Governing body. The Headteacher is responsible for the operational and day-to-day running of the school. One of the Headteacher’s responsibilities it to provide information to the Governing body so that it can meet its three core objectives.
Teaching and support staff who are employed to work at the school under contract of employment, at the time of election, are eligible to stand for election to the Governing body. Their role will end either at the end of their term of office, of if they leave the school. The role of a staff governor is the same as any other governor, strategic leadership and holding the Headteacher to account but also includes providing a ‘staff viewpoint’. It is important for prospective staff governors to fully understand the role prior to appointment. Staff governors are not a spokesperson for the views of all staff.
Local Authority Governor
A (LA) Local Authority Governor is nominated by their LA to the Governing Body. A LA Governor is representative of the Local Authority and is the same as any other governor; they provide an ‘LA viewpoint’ and they should participate in the same way as other governors. They are not required to be affiliated to a political party, although they should be aware of local issues.
Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the Governing body, have the skills and experience required to contribute to effective governance and success of the school. Those eligible to be staff governors can be co-opted governors. Co-opted governors act in the best interests of the school and wider community but should not be required by others, such as the appointing Governing body or community, to take a particular stance on issues discussed at Governing body meetings.
Foundation Governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of an office that they hold (ex-officio), e.g. the local vicar. Where appointed, foundation governors in the school are appointed by the Winchester Diocesan Board of Education after consultation with the Parochial Church Council of St Luke’s Church, Sway. Foundation Governors are appointed to secure compliance with the school’s trust deed and to preserve and develop the religious character of the school.
Together the above governors make up the Governing Body at St Luke’s School
The Role of the Governing Body
Each governor is responsible for contributing to the Governing body’s discussions and in meeting its three core functions. The Governing Body is legally accountable and must operate in the best interests of the school.
The task of the Governing Body is to lead the school strategically, focusing on 3 core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the effectiveness and efficient performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body will delegate functions to individual Governors, the Headteacher and Committees, but remains accountable and is responsible for all decisions made. The Governing Body meets three times per year.
Specific roles within the Governing Body
The Chair of Governors
The Chair of Governors, with support from the Vice-Chair and the clerk, is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the body and has the vital role in setting the highest of expectations for professional standards of governance. The Chair should undertake an annual review of the clerk and should look to the clerk, as the governance professional, for advice and information to support their role. The Chair is permitted to act in cases of urgency where a delay in exercising function would be likely to be seriously detrimental to the interests of the school, a pupil, parent or member of staff.
The Vice-Chair of Governors
The Vice Chair of Governors, supports the Chair and with the clerk, is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the Governing body and has the vital role in setting the highest of expectations for professional standards of governance. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair will act as Chair.
In our school, some governors are linked to specific areas of responsibility, for example, SEND, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, Health and Safety. The role of link governors is to ensure that someone has specific oversight of a particular area and to deepen the Governing body’s knowledge of a particular area. The role will involve visiting the school and meeting with staff leads to understand how the strategic objectives are embedded, how money is being spent and any particular issues affecting delivery. These roles should always remain strategic and not operational.
The clerk is the Governing body’s governance professional. They are paid to undertake the role and report directly to the Chair of the Governing Body. A Governing body must have a clerk.
Committees have delegated authority to make decisions. Each Committee has clear Terms of Reference that set out their responsibilities. The following Committees meet three times per year to review and discuss delegated items.
- The Education and Behaviour Committee
- The Resources Committee
The following Committee only meets when needed
- The Performance Management and Pay Committee
Please find below further details of our Governing body, including the names, types of governors, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Our Register of Governor Pecuniary Interests and Attendance information is outlined below. The Attendance information relates to the number of meetings individual governors should have attended in 2022 -2023 and the number of meetings attended.
Pecuniary Interest Disclosed
|Date of Signing||Attendance at Meetings 2022-2023|
6 out of 6 meetings attended. 100%
|Rachel Goplen||Employed at the school / Ofsted Inspector||16/11/2022||9 out of 9 meetings attended. 100%|
|Jane Mitchell||None||17/11/2022||4 out of 6 meetings attended. 66%|
|Jenny Francis||None||14/11/2022||9 out of 9 meetings attended. 100%|
|Doug Henney||None||22/09/2022||6 out of 6 meetings attended. 100%|
|Claire Vincent||None||17/11/2022||6 out of 6 meetings attended. 100%|
|Phillippa Murphy||None||16/11/2022||6 out of 6 meetings attended. 100%|
|Matt Berryman||None||14/11/2022||4 out of 6 meetings attended. 66%|
|Elizabeth Smith||None||16/1/2023||4 out of 4 meetings attended. 100%|
|Clerk||None||18/11/2021||3 out of 3 meetings attended. 100% |