The Governing Body has a wide ranging and important role in the life of Hannah Ball. The following description is given by the Department for Education:
"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."
Hannah Ball School has twelve 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. The Hannah Ball vision – together aspire , together achieve – was generated in conjunction with the staff team and reflects the quality and breadth of education and other curriculum opportunities desired for every child in the community. Governors support the school in evaluating current performance, challenging the leadership team to deliver further improvements and ensuring that the finances and statutory requirements are met.
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, SEN provision and Pupil Premium effectiveness. Prior to the meeting governors visit classrooms to meet with the children and staff and mingle with parents on the playground as they collect their children at the end of the school day.
Hannah Ball governors use two main 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 – this committee is focused 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. In addition the committee focuses on recruiting and retaining excellent teachers, the admissions policy for children and also the pastoral care, including the behaviour, discipline and safety, of everyone.
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. In addition all governors are required to undertake a DBS check and uphold our stringent safeguarding policies.
Wtihin this there are three core functions: