Our Governing Body
All public funded schools in the United Kingdom are required to have a Governing Body. Our Governing Body has twelve Governor positions most of which are occupied by parents, school staff and professional people who are independent of Blenheim School.
What does the Governing Body do?
As Governors, we are responsible for providing strategic leadership and robust accountability and assurance in the educational and financial performance of the school.
To fulfil that role involves we work closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that children get the best possible education in an environment where they feel safe, valued and learning is fun.
Governor's Vision for the school:
To ensure that pupils and staff of our inner city school enjoy together a safe and enriched educational experience which will prepare each of our children to achieve their full potential to enjoy a happy, successful and fulfilled life.
Our main functions are to:
- Help set the aims and objectives for the school
- Help to ensure our policies and procedures are relevant and achieve their objectives
- Set targets to monitor the progress of the school to ensure it is meeting its aims and objectives
- Be a critical friend to the school and provide a source of challenge and support.
The Governing Body comprises of:
1 LEA Governor
1 Staff Governor
3 Parent Governors
4 Co-opted Governors
2 Foundation Governors
Total = 12 Governors
The school is a member of The Lantern Learning Trust (Inner City North, Leeds) which appoints it's Foundation Governors.
Being a School Governor is voluntary and unpaid role.The term of office for a governor is initially four years.
The Governing Board and it's Committees
The Governing Body has a Governing Board which is the main forum for discussion and decision making. All governors are a member of the Board. The board meets at least three times a year.
The Governing Board has two principle sub committees which normally meet three times a year. These are:
The Teaching, Learning and Pupil Support Committee is responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, SEN (including reporting annually on the success of the SEN policy), monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision and ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions. Also responsible for pupil behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice, extra-curricular activities and other partnerships.
The Resources Committee is responsible for staffing, budgets and financial matters, equality and diversity, premises and property management, health and safety and nutritional standards.
The Governing Body also has a Pay Review Committee which is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the school Pay Policy and Teacher Appraisal Policy. It normally meets once a year. In the event of an appeal against a recommendation by the Pay Review Committee the Governors will convene a Pay Appeal Committee which is responsible for hearing pay appeals and ensuring a fair and proper process has been followed.
Details of our Governors and their individual responsibilities and interests can be seen at - Our Governors.
Annual Governance Statement
The Governing Board publishes an annual summary in August each year which summarises what it has accomplished that academic year and what it plans for the next year. The statement can be seen at Annual Governance Statement