What is the Governing Body?

What is the Governing Body?

The governing body is a group of dedicated volunteers who have three core functions, as set out by the Department of Education:

  1. Setting the vision and strategic direction of the school.
  2. Holding the headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school.
  3. Ensuring that the financial resources are well spent.

What does this mean for the sort of things which governors at Drayton Community Infants undertake?

Hold the school accountable for standards. Working as a team, we are responsible for making sure that DCIS provides a high quality education and seeks to continually raise educational standards. We know that this has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve – something which is clear from all the staff at DCIS. We set policies which promote effective ways of teaching and learning, working with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

Act as a critical friend. Governing bodies are responsible to parents/carers, the Local Authority and the community. Our main role is to ask challenging questions to be sure that the school is doing its best; this role is often called being a ‘critical friend’. Governors support and challenge the Headteacher and senior leadership team by gathering information, asking questions and deciding what is best for the school and its pupils. We are not there to rubber stamp decisions. We are responsible for how the school is performing and for following up inspection reports (such as the outcome of the Ofsted inspection undertaken in December 2013). We also try to identify problems early and tackle them in advance.

Shape the strategic direction of the school. Governors play a strategic role; this means that we concentrate on the underlying issues of school management, rather than day-to-day operational issues (which is the responsibility of the headteacher and senior leadership team). We are also key players in deciding the vision and strategic direction of the school, work undertaken in collaboration with pupils, parents/carers, the staff and the wider community.

The governing body at Drayton Community Infants School can be contacted via the school office.

Diane Perry-Yates
Chair of Governors

The Governing Body

The Governors are responsible for policy and strategy and the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to- day running of the school and ensuring that the policy and strategy agreed by the Governors is implemented. The Governing Body has a large number of legal responsibilities and amongst these are ensuring that the National Curriculum is properly delivered, arranging for religious education to be carried out, deciding how to spend the delegated budget and approving the many different school policies, such as those referring to discipline and behaviour and health and safety.

In this section of the website you can find out who the governors of our school are.

If you would like to contact the governors, please do so by phoning the school at the number on this website’s front page or by emailing the school.