What Is The Governing Body?

Who are the Governing Body Members and what do they do?

Governing Body Members (Governors) are volunteers that are elected and represent all areas of the school community.  This means that the interests of the pupils are at the heart of all that they do.

Governors care about our school and because of their varied backgrounds they are able to be the School’s ‘critical friend’, and support the Headteacher, and the staff in the running of the school; ensuring that appropriate policies are in place. At the same time, they bring an independent perspective and ensure that the interests of the local community are taken into account.

Our Governors are very proud of Herons Dale School and its amazing progress and continuous improvement and development.

The main roles of the Herons Dale School Governing Body are:

  • Seeing the vision and strategic direction of school
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the schools educational performance; acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher (who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school)
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent

They work in partnership with the Headteacher and the staff to:

  • Promote high standards of educational attainment
  • Agree the School Development Plan
  • Set an annual budget detailing planned spending
  • Approve a staffing structure
  • Make sure that a broad and balanced curriculum is provided
  • Report on pupils’ achievement
  • Produce school  policies
  • Appoint staff
  • Ensure the health & safety of students and staff
  • Deal with complaints against the school

Please do not hesitate to contact the school or one of the Co-Chairs of the Governing Body if you would like any further details about them and their role.