The Governing Board has 3 core functions, as set down by the Department for Education (DfE):
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and the performance management of staff
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that money is well spent.
Our Governing Board has 15 members, and one Associate Governor, who are all elected, appointed or co-opted to fulfill the roles needed and to provide a wide range of expertise. Staff and parent governors are elected; Foundation and Local Authority governors are appointed by the Diocese and County Council respectively; and co-opted and associate governors are appointed by the governing board. Governors are elected or appointed according to the skills we need to be an effective governing board.
The Governing Board meets formally at least once a term and receives reports from the three committees which have been set up to oversee and manage their areas of responsibility: a) Finance, Pay and Personnel, b) Curriculum and Standards and c) Health, Safety and Safeguarding. All governors serve on one or more of these committees as well as having individual responsibilities linked to their particular interest or skills. These can include subject areas, special needs, child protection, higher achievers, collective worship etc.
Governors' work is often not obvious to the general public but the success or failure of a school is the responsibility of the governing board. For this reason the governors need extensive training to ensure that they have the skills to perform their roles effectively. Cossington works with other local schools and the Governor Development Service at Leicestershire County Council to ensure that all governors receive the training needed and also have the opportunity to benefit from other schools' experiences.
At all times the governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that Cossington remains a safe, happy and vibrant environment where children will prosper and achieve their full potential.
Governors' Code of Conduct
Finance, Personnel and General Purposes Committee
Health, Safety and Safeguarding Committee
Eric Bradley (Chair)
Vic Chapman (Chair)