How does the Winchcombe School Governing Body operate?
The governance of the school is structured in accordance with the Department of Educations Governors’ Handbook, which sets out how governance is structured in an academy school. We are an academy trust that is a charitable company limited by guarantee. An academy has two layers of governance:
- The members of the trust (Member Trustees) who are akin to shareholders and have ultimate control of the direction of the academy trust
- The governors, who are also directors and trustees of the charitable company.
There are 16 members of the school’s governing body plus a further additional Trustee and the Company Secretary who also fulfils the role of Clerk to the Governors. Winchcombe School has five Member Trustees, four of whom are governors.
The governors are divided into two Committees – Resources (Chair. – Mrs A Peck) and Curriculum (Chair. Mr R Willcock). In addition, every governor takes responsibility for a “Link Governor” role which attaches them to an individual department or curriculum area to ensure high quality links between all school staff and the governing body.
Committees meet at least every half term to discuss, review and consider issues pertinent to their Terms of Reference (i.e. what they are responsible for within the school). Their reports are provided to the Full Governing Body (FGB) which meets as a whole also every half term. Link Governors meet with their allocated department/curriculum area every term and again, full reports are provided to both the head teacher and the FGB.
Governors undertake regular training both in school, online and with external providers. Governors are expected to maintain and expand their knowledge of the education system’s challenges, planned changes and their impact upon Winchcombe School. The governors share training, knowledge and other resources via group communications within the school’s secure internet based network similar to the My Big Campus used by parents and pupils.
Finally, governors are also involved in a variety of other aspects of school life including open evenings, parents evenings, Review of the Year, sports events, assemblies, flexible days, visits to other schools and many more too numerous to mention here. Below is a brief description of each governor and their role within the FGB. Should you have any queries about the work of the FGB or wish to contact the governors directly, please feel free to do so via the Clerk to the Governors who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org