The governing body’s main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure that the academy provides a good quality education for all. The day-to-day management of the academy is the responsibility of the Principal and staff. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the academy’s future direction and focus. At the heart of how the academy operates and responsible for how it is performing, governors support and challenge the Principal by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what’s best for students. Governors work as a team, with individual governors bringing their own particular skills and expertise to the governing body as a whole.
The role of the governing body can be divided into three main areas:
- Providing a strategic overview
- Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the academy
- Ensuring accountability
The governing body has a good working relationship and regular meetings with the Principal and members of the Senior Leadership Team and monitors how well the academy is doing, and how well policies and plans are being implemented. Governors help to set standards and targets for performance for the academy, have an overview of the curriculum and make decisions about the academy’s budget and staffing.