The Governing Body works with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that students get a first class education. The Governing Body elects its own Chairman and Vice-Chairman, who cannot be the Principal, or a member of the teaching staff.
Governors are drawn from all walks of life and represent the community served by the Academy.
At The Elizabethan we have three types of Governor:
· Community Governors: appointed by the governing body to represent the community.
· Parent Governors: elected onto the governing body by other parents from the Academy.
· Staff Governors: elected onto the governing body by staff at the Academy.
Academy Governors are answerable to parents and the community. Together with the Principal, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the Academy's aims, policies and values, as well as carrying out a number of other important duties such as:
· Acting as a “critical friend” to the Academy
· Promoting high standards of education and achievement
· Planning the Academy’s long term future
· Deciding how the Academy's budget is spent
· Appointing and dismissing staff
· Hearing appeals and grievances
· Forming policy on the Academy's curriculum and collective worship
· Setting policy on pupil behaviour and discipline
· Monitoring the Academy’s progress
· Setting annual targets for performance and for the Principal (and ensuring that the Principal sets targets for other staff).
By law, governing bodies must meet at least three times every year, as a Full Governing Body, but the on-going business is discussed by smaller committees. All areas of the Academy’s work are discussed, reported on and decisions are taken by a majority vote.
A typical Governors’ meeting agenda might include:
· Principal’s report and issues raised;
· Update on Personnel matters e.g. appointments made;
· Reports from the Committees: Pastoral, Curriculum, Personnel and Finance;
· Budget Monitoring;
· A review of recent and forthcoming Academy events and initiatives;
· Governor training;
· Any current key or current issues (e.g. academy status, Ofsted requirements).
At The Elizabethan Academy we have 6 sub-committees which meet at least once a term, and sometimes more frequently, if circumstances demand it. The committees are:
· Student Support Committee
· Finance and Resources Committee
· Standards Committee
· Audit Risk and Pay Committee
· Principal’s Performance Management Committee
There is also a Governors’ Exclusion Committee (Discipline) which meets to discuss any permanent exclusion cases and has the power to reinstate an excluded pupil or to reduce the term of the exclusion.
In addition, Governors are nominated to develop links with different curriculum areas and challenge Curriculum Leaders. They liaise with teaching staff from their chosen curriculum area, to ensure they have first-hand knowledge of the area and the progress students are making. They also work to support staff and bring any areas of concern to the attention of the Principal and the rest of the Governing Body. Governors also talk to students and to parents about their experiences of the Academy and the service it gives to their children.
Questions they ask the Curriculum Leaders include:
· What is your judgement on the standards of achievement in Key Stage 3 / Key Stage 4 and Post-16 in last year’s exams? In comparison with the departmental targets, and performance nationally (for the previous year), are they below/average/above?
· What is the current data showing you about the progress of this year’s Yr11 and Yr9?
· What does your department put in place to stretch more able students? How many potential A*/A grade students did you have last year and how many of them achieved this grade in your subject?
· What does your department do to support the less able students or those on the Special Needs register? How do you monitor the progress of vulnerable groups of students e.g. SEN/FSM/looked after/ girls with low self-esteem – and what do you do in your department to help them achieve well? How successful are you?
· How do you know if your target-setting is accurate?
· Have you noticed any patterns in the performance of girls and boys? Have you done anything particular to prevent the ‘see-saw’ effect of one year boys performing well, the next girls?
· Science and maths: we are a specialist Academy – why aren’t our results ‘outstanding’?
· Show us some evidence of how you are tackling the weaknesses you have identified as part of your exams analysis?
· What can governors or the senior team do to support you in tackling any weaknesses?
· How do you seek student views and what have you done to respond to their views? How do you make sure all groups are represented – SEN/able/travellers/ FSM etc ?
· How do you seek the views of parents and what evidence do you have that you have taken their views on board?
· How would a student know, from the work of your department, that we are a specialist Academy for science and maths…what impact has this had on your Department?
· How are you developing literacy?
· How would you judge the quality of learning and progress in this Department: satisfactory/good/outstanding? How do you know?
· How often do you go into lessons to monitor students’ work? What do you do when you see students off-task?
· What strategies are used to manage behaviour in your department? How successful is your team in doing this?
Questions they ask the Students include:
· How do the students interviewed feel about this subject?
· How often is homework set and marked? How good is the feedback given to students? Is work marked regularly? What do the students think?
The term of office for an Academy governor is normally four years and governors are expected to attend at least one meeting per term. Most governors find they usually attend meetings or visit Academy three or four times a term.
The Elizabethan Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England with Company Number 7964360 and has a registered office at Hallcroft Road, Retford, Notts. DN22 7PY