The Governing Body (GB) of Northwick Manor Primary School (the School) fulfils a largely strategic role. The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement, including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff, reviewing staff performance and pay and many more. The GB works very closely with the Head Teacher in fulfilling this role. The Head is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; and for advising on and implementing the governing body’s strategic framework. The GB and the Head work together in partnership to develop key policies.
Who Are The Governing Body?
Northwick Manor is a Community School. The GB consists of fifteen governors:
- five parent governors elected by parents
- three local authority governors appointed by Worcestershire County Council
- three staff governors (including the Head)
- four community governors appointed by the governors to represent local community interests
- In addition the Deputy Head is an Associate Governor. There is also a Clerk who provides administrative support to the GB.
The GB acts as a single, corporate body; eg, parent and staff governors are not there simply to represent the interests of parents and staff but to help decide what is best for the School as a whole.
What Does the Governing Body Do?
The GB normally has six meetings a year. There is an annual schedule by which key policies are reviewed and the School’s progress is assessed. Other items appear on the agenda as appropriate, eg, formulating the School’s response to an Ofsted inspection. In addition, the GB operates through two sub-committees (one on Curriculum and Staffing matters, the other on Finance and Premises) which also meet six times a year. These sub-committees have the opportunity to review the budget or the curriculum in a particular area in more detail than the full GB. Individual governors also take a lead responsibility for a particular subject area or topic (eg, numeracy, literacy, school partnerships) supporting the lead members of staff on these areas and reporting back to the GB. Governors also get involved in other ways, eg, joining the selection panel for staff appointments.
The GB is seeking to improve its communications with parents and other key stakeholders in the School. We want to make information available for those who are interested while not swamping people with more bits of paper. To that end, a summary of key points discussed at GB meetings will be posted regularly on this site together with the minutes of the meetings once approved. During 2010-11 governors (especially parent governors) plan to make themselves available at key events (eg, parent consultation evenings) to talk to parents about the GB’s role and to answer any questions parents may have.
Should you wish to contact the Governors then you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Governing Body Northwick Manor Primary School Northwick Road Worcester WR3 7EA. We will give you a response (at least an interim one) within two weeks. Please remember that questions about the education of an individual pupil should normally be raised with the class teacher and/or the Head Teacher in the first instance.