What does the governing body do?

The Governing Body

Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School, like all state schools, has a governing body which works with the head teacher to provide the best education for the students in the school.  The governing body is a legal requirement and governors have a number of legal duties to perform.

Kingsmeadow’s governors are fully committed to the school’s drive for excellence and to its inclusive ethos so that all students have the opportunity to maximise their individual potential, whether they choose an academic or a vocational route. We aim to ensure that all students are well prepared for the world of work.

The main roles of the Governing Body are:

  • To plan ahead to make sure the school has the right strategies and resources to get the best outcomes for the students; this includes overseeing the delivery of the curriculum.
  • To monitor and evaluate the school’s effectiveness.
  • To oversee the school’s budget so that it is used in the best way; the governing body is responsible for the proper and efficient management of the school’s funds and cannot plan for a deficit.
  • To make sure that young people and adults are safe at school.
  • To act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher, and to hold him accountable for the management of the school.  He reports to the governing body on the school’s performance and how plans are going.

The Head Teacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The local authority, Gateshead Council, provides support and guidance to the school, and delivers government funding to the school (the school budget).

Governors are involved in:

  • The school’s strategic plans and its improvement plan
  • School policies, for example for curriculum, behaviour, uniform, sport, homework
  • How the school budget will be spent
  • Teaching and learning and how the school will reach performance targets
  • Staff matters including pay and appointment and dismissal
  • Student behaviour
  • Complaints from pupils, staff and parents
  • The school buildings, including health and safety, repair and maintenance of school buildings and the use of school premises outside school hours

The whole governing body meets once each term; it has a number of committees, panels and groups to discuss and progress matters in more detail (see below).

If you would like to contact the governors, please do so through the Head Teacher or if you are a parent or carer you can contact one of the parent governors.

Governor Committees, Panels and Groups

Finance, Staffing and Safety Committee

  • The school budget
  • Pupil Premium funding and impact
  • Contracts
  • Staffing matters including pay policy
  • Premises matters including health and safety

Curriculum and Standards Committee

  • The school’s curriculum
  • Student assessment and performance targets and results
  • Teaching and learning strategies and outcomes, including staff training

Student Matters and Safeguarding Committee

  • Behaviour
  • Safeguarding of students and staff
  • Uniform
  • Pastoral matters

Governors Action Group

  • A smaller group of governors which meets about twice a term to discuss school improvement in more details with the head teacher and his senior colleagues and with senior local authority officers

Head Teacher’s Appraisal Panel

  • The chair, vice-chair and one other governor meet each autumn term to assess the head teacher’s performance and to set him new targets for the year.

Behaviour and Exclusion Panels

  • Governors sit on behaviour panels to help students whose poor attitudes to learning are impeding their progress.
  • Governors form panels to consider recommendations from the head teacher that a pupil be excluded from the school.