The Governing Body plays a key role in helping 'Water Primary' provide the best possible education for all its pupils. It works in the background, leaving day to day running of the school to the Headteacher and staff, and is accountable to parents and the wider community to ensure that standards are of the highest quality.
The Governing Body decides strategic policy for the school, monitors progress, sets budgets in liaison with the LA, and supports and advises those who carry out specific work. It is made up of a combination of appointed, elected and co-opted individuals.
A Governing Body does not take all decisions but delegates much of that responsibility to its sub-committees. At 'Water Primary' these are: Standards and Effectiveness and Resources. Like the full Governing Body, they meet in a termly cycle, and report to the Full Governing Body Meeting. Individual governors accept specific responsibilities, which sometimes involve representing the Governing Body on Boroughwide organisations.
Governors usually serve a term of four years and provide their services in an unpaid capacity. The work requires commitment but is extremely rewarding. Membership is constantly changing through the expiry of terms of office and resignations forced by individual circumstances. Elections for four parent governors take place regularly, as terms of office come to an end.
The LA provides training and support for all governors and governing bodies (including advisors and clerks for full governing body meetings) which always receive praise for high quality.