The Board of Trustees has determined that each school in the Trust will have a local governance committee called a Local Governing Body. The composition of the LGB is the same for both schools and, like the Board, governors are appointed for the skills, knowledge and background that they can bring to the role. Some are elected by their peers – staff governors and parent governors – whilst others are appointed by the LGB – co-opted governors. The Head Teacher of the school is a member of the LGB by virtue of the role.
Local governors are very important as they provide a lot of information about what is happening at their school to the Board of Trustees as Trustees can’t know schools in the same way that a local governor will get to know his or her school. Local governors often know their own community very well and this gives a view of the school that Trustees don’t have.
Local governors are expected to undertake regular training in order to ensure that the LGB has the right skills for its role.
The Board of Trustees has identified that each school in the Trust will have a committee to oversee governance at a local level. This committee is called the Local Governing Body (LGB). The LGB’s membership consists of the following for each school:
- Parent governors – minimum of 2, maximum of 4
- Head Teacher,
- Staff governor – 1,
- Director appointed – 7 with a minimum of 3
The work of the LGB is determined by the responsibilities delegated to it by the Board of Trustees as outlined in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation. In general terms, the LGB is responsible for the following:
- Providing leadership for the strategic planning of the academy through the approval of the School Development (SDP);
- Monitoring progress made by the school against the key priorities for improvement identified in the school’s SDP;
- Holding the school’s senior leaders to account for the performance of all staff through the school’s performance management arrangements;
- Ensuring that the safeguarding and wellbeing of staff and pupils are kept under constant review;
- Determining annually, in consultation with the CEO, the staffing structure of the school;
- Proposing, in consultation with the CEO and CFO, the annual budget and three year-financial plan for approval by the Board of Trustees;
- Reviewing spending on a regular basis against the agreed budget;
- Ensuring that what is happening in the school reflects the agreed policies of the Board of Trustees;
- Providing regular feedback to the Board of Trustees on any issues/areas of concern.
For information on each school’s governing body, please click the logos below.