School Governors are a group of people who are committed to helping the school achieve its aim of making sure the children get the best possible education. Governing bodies have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body and all decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. There are a different types of governors. Medina has the following:
- Co-opted Governors – these are appointed by the Board because they have certain skills and experience that the Board think will help the school
- Parent Governors - Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor
- Local Authority (LA) Governors – we have one LA governor who is nominated by the LA and appointed by the Board
- Headteacher - the Headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office
- Staff Governor - Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed by either the governing body or the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors. They cease to hold office when their employment at the school ends.
- Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee (FPP)
- Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee (TLS).
Governors have to act in accordance with the legislation and guidance from the Department of Education.
Please click here for a list of Medina's Governors
Parents may contact the Governors directly, but for general school matters it is usually more appropriate to see the Class Teacher or Headteacher first.