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'Success for all, in all we do'

Role of our Governing Board

What our governing board does

The governing board at Fircroft works as a team to oversee the school and make sure it provides a quality education for its pupils.

Our governing board is made up of 3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 1 staff governor, the headteacher and 8 co-opted governors. We also have two associate governors.

Our Assistant Headteachers and School Business Manager regularly attend appropriate meetings to provide information to sub-committees, who then report to the Full Governing Board (FGB).

We also welcome experienced, senior staff to attend and act as advisers and may from time to time ask other people to attend in this capacity too.

Working in partnership with the headteacher and staff, governors have three core functions, as laid out by government:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

When and how we meet

The full governing board meets as a whole group once a term to approve policies, review the progress and direction of the school and vote on significant decisions.

In addition, governors attend specialist committees where the groundwork, research and discussion on key issues is undertaken. Our four committees are the Curriculum & Achievement, the Children, Families & Community, the Pay & the Resources committees.

We also hold a strategy meeting each term to which all governors are invited and where we are joined by the school’s Senior Leadership Team. All governors are expected to attend at least one governors’ visit: these take place termly and have a specific focus linked directly to the School Improvement Plan.