Members of the Local Governing Body are volunteers who help to run the school, At Emmanuel Junior Academy they do this in partnership with our Trust DSAT (Click here for their website). Some Governors are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed by DSAT.
School governors play a vital role in promoting high standards of educational achievement. They share a common belief that children should receive the best possible standard of education in all areas of their development. This is in the interests of current and future pupils.
Members of governing bodies include:
Governors are committed to serving the best interests of the school. As unpaid voluntary public servants, they help to sustain their school’s identity and provide a link with the local community. An effective governing body is a source of enormous strength to the school. School governance is the most important volunteering role in education.
Being a school governor is very rewarding.
Governors help to make sure that all our children have the very best opportunities available. Being a school Governor is an opportunity to put something back into your community, to make a difference.
In partnership with DSAT, we are responsible for the conduct of the school and have to ensure that the education provided, and the way in which the children, staff and parents are treated, are in accordance with the law and with the various regulations laid down by the authorities. But that does not mean we try to interfere with the day-to-day running of the school – our role is that of, as they say, a ‘critical friend’. So we ask for reports on how English, Maths and other subjects are being taught and how this is reflected in the children’s progress; we ensure that every subject is taught for at least the minimum required hours; we set aside funding in the budget for new projects (such as the new outdoor gym equipment) – but we are not teachers nor school inspectors and do not try to behave as such.
We meet for full Local Governing Body meetings at least four times during the year, and also sit on some committees, such as the Strategy Group, the Quality of Education Committee and Inclusion group and the Finance and Resource group – which meet as necessary, usually at least once a term. We also have a Safeguarding Governor who meets with the Head of School as the Designated Safeguarding lead each term.
You can request copies of the minutes of the meetings from the school office.
‘I like being part of a team, feeling that I am helping the school to improve and make a difference for the children in the community.’
‘Sharing the valuable experience I have gained over the years to help make a school in my area a fantastic place to learn’
Governance of the school
Since this time we have worked hard to build on our strengths and also to improve the areas for development.
In all schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
Our Instrument of Governance shows the make-up of our Governing Body to be:
All governing bodies have a core group of governors consisting of:-
Governors who are elected from the parent body:
- Are elected as representatives of the interests of parents of pupils currently attending the school.
- Can continue to serve as a governor until the end of their four year term of office, even if their child leaves the school during the period.
- May express their personal views at governing body meetings, however it is expected that these views would be representative of the interests of the parents at the school.
- Should keep “in tune” with the concerns and opinions of the majority of parents.
However, it is important that when decisions are made, individual governors exercise their best judgement when contributing to the decision of the governing body.
Trust Board Foundation Governors:
- Trust Board Governors are invited by other governors to join the governing body. They are appointed by the PCC in consultation with the existing governors of the school based upon the advice and recommendation of the existing Governors.
- Trust Board Foundation governors usually live or work in the community of the school area and are committed to the good government and success of the school.
- Community members bring their own experience or skills to the governing body and can act as a link with the community in which the school serves. They are often selected for the skills that they are able to bring so that is a balance of skills to support the three key responsibilities outlined above; finance, health and safety experience, community or church working etc
- Staff governors are elected from among the staff (all staff employed at the school)
- Staff governors may give the views of the staff to the governing body, they are also free to give their own personal views and exercise their best judgement when contributing to the decisions of the governing body.
There is also the Chair of Governors, the vicar, the Headteacher and the Clerk to the Governing Body.
In addition to the Governor roles, four further individuals help to make up the Governing Body.
There are two parent governors at Pye Bank, and when a vacancy arises all parents are notified and given the opportunity to volunteer. Elections are held if more than one person is interested for each vacancy. We have a great relationship with parents and this shows – there are always people who are prepared to give their time to join us on the governing body.
You don’t need many special skills to become a governor, apart from a wish to help the school, but if you do have any particular talents that you think might be useful then please let us know.
All the minutes of the Governing Body meetings are held in the school office. Copies of non-confidential minutes can be requested from Reception. The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of school life. If you have a concern or a point of view to share, please come and speak to us.
There are lots of ways of sharing your views with us. As many of our governors are also parents of children at school, we can often be found around at the beginning and end of the school day. We will also be arranging specific opportunities and times throughout the school year to hear from you and keep in touch.
Alternatively, you can always leave us a note at the school office or drop us an e-mail to the above address and we will get in touch with you.