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North Molton Governors

The role of the Governing Board

North Molton Primary School’s governing body exists to provide strategic direction and an oversight of the leadership, management and operation of the school. The governors help to drive the School's vision for education and take a strategic view of its activities, bringing experience and expertise from other walks of life into the school.

All governing boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

How is the work of the governors organised?

In our school the Full Governing Board meet once every half-term and are supported by two committees, both of which have delegated authority. These are the Resources Committee, which monitors the school finances, and the Teaching and Learning committee, focussing on standards and attainment. Each committee meets once each term. Any work undertaken by the committees is reported back to the full board.

In addition, the board has a pay and performance committee, which meets as necessary, with delegated responsibility for ensuring that staff appraisal is appropriately carried out.

There are two further committees which only meet if there is a need for them to do so. These committees are convened to consider any formal proceedings, such as a staff disciplinary issue or the permanent exclusion of a pupil.

The terms of reference for each of these committees explains what delegated authority the committee has been given to make decisions on behalf of the board.  The terms of reference can be found below.

Governors often have a curriculum subject or a special area of interest assigned to them as appropriate. Full details of the North Molton governors and their roles and responsibilities can be found here  Roles and Responsibilites

How are the governors elected or appointed?

There are a number of different routes onto the Governing Body. At North Molton the governing body is made up of:

  • Parent governors: elected by parents of pupils at the school;
  • Staff governors: the Headteacher and other members of staff (elected by their colleagues);
  • One (LEA) local education authority governor: elected and appointed by the local education authority;
  • Co-opted governors: appointed by the governing board.

​All governors (except the Headteacher, whose position is ex officio) serve a four-year term, at the end of which they may stand for re-election or re-appointment. There is no limit to the number of terms a governor may serve. When a parent governor’s term ends, an announcement is made about an election and all parents or carers of pupils at the school are eligible to stand.

The Chair and Vice-chair of Governors are elected annually by the full governing body.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at our school, please contact the Chair of Governors by post or via the email address clerk@north-molton-primary.devon.sch.uk.

Links to further information about the North Molton governors:

Terms of Reference:

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