The Governing Body has a wide ranging and important role in the life of Hannah Ball School. The Department for Education describes it as:
"Governing boards are the strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders. Crucially, that means using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities. It also means ensuring that schools prepare pupils for life and the workplace by building their character and resilience and by implementing their Prevent duty to protect them from the risks of extremism and radicalisation."
Within this there are three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent and that all statutory requirements are being met
Hannah Ball School has a small group of appointed, elected and co-opted governors. Each member has a term of office of four years and brings a diverse range of knowledge, skills and experience to the leadership of the school. They are all committed to delivering the Hannah Ball vision, “Together we Inspire, Aspire and Achieve” which reflects the high quality and breadth of education and other curriculum opportunities desired for every child in the community.
The full governing body (FGB) meets at least once a term. An experienced clerk takes minutes which are displayed in the school entrance hall. At these meetings the team will review, debate and approve the strategic issues outlined in the headteacher’s report, the School Development Plan, committee minutes and policies. The team will also spend time reviewing reports from visiting governors, feedback surveys (pupil, parent, staff and governor) and specific items such as training, equalities, safeguarding, SEN provision and Pupil Premium effectiveness.
Hannah Ball governors use three committees to deliver the school vision and objectives and to ensure all statutory business, such as budgets and policies, can be properly discussed.
Each meets twice a term:
Curriculum and Standards – focuses on the achievement and progress made by every pupil and the delivery of the curriculum. The team work closely with subject co-ordinators through visits to the school and reports presented at meetings. They also focus on pastoral care, including the behaviour, discipline and safety of everyone
Resources – focuses on ensuring the school and pupils have everything needed to deliver an inspiring curriculum and excellent pupil achievement. This includes current and future budget planning, premises management and health and safety compliance.
Pay and Personnel – focuses on matters relating to staffing including approving the staff structure, recruitment process, performance management and welfare, well-being, equality and working conditions of staff.
In addition, the Pay Review Committee meets at least annually following the staff performance management reviews.
All governors are expected to join at least one of our committees and to take on a named governor role. A summary of current commitments is attached. In addition, all governors agree to abide by a Code of Conduct (attached below) which provides specific details on the commitments and responsibilities of governors at Hannah Ball. All governors are required to undertake a DBS check and uphold our stringent safeguarding policies.