Governor Roles and Involvement

Thank you for taking the time to visit our school website, and welcome to the Governor's area.

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so that you can share thoughts, ideas and get involved.

The Governors would like to thank the Community for its continued support and look forward to working with you.

Newton Hill Governors are committed, enthusiastic and dedicated.  The Head Teacher is empowered to effectively manage the school and the Governors understand their roles within the structure.  They welcome and seek information in order to provide challenge.  They recognise and bring their own expertise to the school and these skills are carefully deployed.

Our role as Newton Hill Community School Governors

  • Provide strategic direction and challenge, which supports the aims and ethos of the school.
  • See decisions are informed by high quality dialogue and active partnership between Governors and staff.
  • Be involved in the School Development Planning.
  • Carry out their statutory duties consistently.  Termly meetings are held and committees monitor the curriculum, Staffing, Budget, Admissions and Buildings.
  • Be competent, decisive and realistic, evidenced in numerous ways, e.g. Development of the school site and contribution to the culture for learning within the school. 
  • Play a key role in the successful appointments procedures.
  • Provide excellent support and challenge to the Head Teacher and SLT. 
  • Act as a critical friend and hold senior leaders to account for the school’s performance and pupil attainment.
  • Keep up to date accessing training and support provided by the Local Authority (for maintained schools) or other agencies.
  • Visit school and spend time in classrooms.
  • Oversee curriculum development
  • Ensure all safeguarding requirements are fully met.
  • Ensure that the Pupil Premium and other resources are used to overcome barriers to learning.

The Key areas of Governor Involvement are –

  • Financial control – budget setting, monitoring and resource allocation
  • Staffing and personnel matters – appointing new staff, reorganisation of existing teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Discipline procedures
  • Appraisal – setting the Head Teacher’s targets and agreeing policy
  • Curriculum
  • Special Needs
  • Building and Environment including Health and Safety
  • School admissions
  • Target Setting
  • RE and Collective Worship
  • School Organisation
  • Information for parents