The Governing Body

 
The Woodway Federation Governing Body
 

The key role of the governing body is to support the schools, ensure that pupils receive high quality education and plan for future development and improvement of the schools.

Both schools within the Woodway Federation is Governed by a single governing body which has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the headteachers to account for the educational performance of the schools and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure its money is well spent.

Within the Woodway Federation Governance Structure there are 4 committees that report to the Full Governing Body:

Governors Steering Group:

This Group has the responsibility to take a lead on:

  • setting the broad agenda for the governing body and its committees for the following two terms in the light of the schools’ development plans, emerging issues and external requirements

  • ensuring the governing body is complying with its responsibilities as set out by law

  • promoting continuous development of the governing body and governors using internal and external resources

  • community networking including establishment of links with other schools and governing bodies

  • oversight of the federation’s policy review programme ensuring that policies are reviewed and updated by the relevant subcommittees as required

Learning Committee:

This Group has the responsibility to take a lead on:

  • Monitoring and evaluating rates of progress and standards of achievement by pupils, including any underachieving groups and pupils receiving Pupil Premium

  • Ensuring that the curriculum is balanced, broadly based, meets the needs of all pupils and complies with statutory requirements

  • Following up termly Progress Review meetings where Headteachers, Chair of Governors and LA advisors review progress made against Ofsted key priorities as outlined in the SDP

  • Reviewing pupil attendance and impact of strategies in place to improve attendance

  • Developing and reviewing key teaching and learning policies identified within the school’s policy review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers

  • Developing a programme of Governor lesson visits

 Student Welfare Committee:

This Group has the responsibility to take a lead on:

  • Safeguarding

  • School ethos

  • Attendance and punctuality

  • Personal development and well-being

  • Rewards and sanctions

  • Overcoming barriers to learning

  • Parental and community liaison

  • Community cohesion

  • Equalities

  • Setting priorities for improvement and monitoring and evaluating the impact of improvement plans which relate to the committee’s area of operation

  • Developing, reviewing and updating policies identified within the school’s policy review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers

Resources and Personnel Committee:

This Group has the responsibility to take a lead on:

  • monitoring and evaluating the budget allocated to the school to achieve value for money

  • The maintenance and development of the two school sites

  • Setting priorities for improvement and monitoring and evaluating the impact of improvement plans which relate to the committee’s area of operation

  • Management of staffing resource:

    • monitoring and evaluation of staffing including recruitment and appointment process

    • monitoring of staff absence and HR cases

    • recommend an appropriate staffing structure to the full governing body for approval

  • Developing, reviewing and updating policies identified within the school’s policy review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers

  • Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of staff and pupils

  • Maintenance and development of the two schools’ sites and buildings