George Spicer governing body plays a key role in raising school standards. Please click here to learn more about our roles within the structure of the school.
Responsibilities of the Governing Body Committees and Strategic Groups
Curriculum and Achievement Committee
- To review, monitor and evaluate the school’s curriculum, ensuring that it is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all pupils.
- To monitor policies related to the curriculum and achievement eg Religious Education, Behaviour, Attendance and Assessment.
- To monitor pupil attendance, ensuring there are effective procedures in place to improve attendance and to fulfil statutory requirements.
- To monitor and evaluate the progress and achievement of all pupils’, including specific groups.
- To analyse any performance trends and compare school data against Local Authority and national data eg for phonics and Year 6.
- To monitor progress against the school’s improvement plan priorities.
- To understand the targets set within the school and challenge any areas of concern.
- To consider recommendations from external reviews of the school e.g. Ofsted or the Local Authority, agree actions and monitor their impact.
- To ensure that all children have equal opportunities.
- To identify and celebrate pupils’ achievements.
- To monitor arrangements for educational visits and ensure there is a named co-ordinator.
- To ensure all statutory requirements for reporting and publishing information are met and the school website content is fully compliant and presented in an accessible way.
- To monitor the school’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community.
- To review, adopt and monitor a Finance Policy and all other financial policies, eg Charging and Remissions Policy and Debt Policy.
- To establish and maintain a three year financial plan.
- To draft and propose an annual school budget to the full governing body.
- To make decisions relating to service level agreements.
- To monitor the income and expenditure throughout the year of all funding against the annual budget plan.
- To advise the full governing body of the school’s financial situation and to alert them of any potential issues.
- To review, complete and submit the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) and carry out any identified actions.
- To receive and act upon any issues identified by a Local Authority audit.
- To ensure that the school is staffed sufficiently to meet its needs and ensure effective operation.
- To agree the school’s Appraisal Policy and oversee its implementation - including the appraisal procedures for the Headteacher.
- To establish a Pay Policy for all staff and ensure this is followed.
- To ensure that staffing procedures, including recruitment procedures, follow equalities legislation.
- To annually review procedures for dealing with staff discipline and grievances and monitor these procedures
- To monitor and evaluate the impact of continuing professional development on improving staff performance
Vulnerable Pupils Strategic Group
- To monitor and evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable pupils e.g. looked after children and those at risk of abuse and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed.
- To evaluate the progress, achievement and attendance of groups of vulnerable pupils and ensure there is a culture of high expectations for these pupils.
- To monitor and annually review school policies for Safeguarding and for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and ensure these are published.
- To ensure that the requirements of children with special needs are met, as laid out in the Code of Practice, and receive termly reports from the Headteacher/Inclusion team.
- To ensure Safer Recruitment and Child Protection policies, procedures and training are effective and comply with the law, including having a designated lead teacher for safeguarding.
- To have knowledge of the Pupil Premium (PP) Grant; and to monitor the implementation of the PP action plan and the impact of the grant.
- To appoint a lead teacher for looked After Children (LAC) and ensure that procedures and training are effective.
- To ensure that required information including the PP Strategy document and SEND Report are reviewed annually and are published on the school website.
Health and Safety Strategic Group
The Health and Safety group was set up to provide support with managing the school’s expansion, comprising alterations to the original school and building of the Early Years and KS1 site at Kimberley Gardens. (Originally matters relating to health and safety were considered within a larger committee.)
The group continues:
- To provide support and guidance on all matters relating to Health and Safety.
- To ensure that an annual inspection of the premises and grounds takes place and a report is received identifying any issues.
- To inform the governing body of any issues identified in the report; and set out a proposed order of priorities
- To establish and keep under review an Accessibility Plan and a Building Development Plan??
- To review, adopt and monitor the Health and Safety Policy.
- To ensure the school gives appropriate consideration to how mental health and wellbeing are embedded in the curriculum and other school activities and analyse the impact.
- To ensure effective wellbeing policies, procedures and training are in place to support everyone within the school.
Governing Body Meeting dates - Academic Year 2021-2022
- 8 December 2021
- 16 March 2022
- 13 July 2022
Register of Interests - Relevant Business Interests
- George Spicer Strategic Groups - Terms Of Reference