The role of the governing body
School improvement is at the heart of the governors’ role. We offer an independent overview of the school and are involved in setting the strategic direction for the future. Through monitoring the different aspects of the school’s work we help the senior leadership to identify the school’s strengths and weaknesses and then support the school as it seeks to develop strategies for improvement.
Our aim is for Queen Eleanor’s to become a truly outstanding school where every child and member of staff is happy and fulfilling their potential in every way. As governors, we witness daily the incredibly hard work of the staff to make this a reality and we are committed to playing our part in full. We look forward to a time, in the not too distant future, when Queen Eleanor’s achieves this goal, knowing that it will still only be the start of our exciting learning journey.
The structure of our governing body
The governing body at Queen Eleanor’s is made up of 14 different governors:
- 8 Foundation governors who are chosen by the diocese under the guidance of the parochial church councils of All Saints Church and St. Nicolas Church.
- 2 Parent governors who are elected by the parents of the school.
- 3 Staff governors, including the headteacher, and 1 teacher and 1 non-teaching member of staff who are elected by their colleagues.
- Local Authority governor, chosen by the local authority.
The full governing body meet once a term to receive reports from the different committees and to discuss more general matters.
We currently have 3 main committees:
- Children’s Committee: who monitor and support everything to do with children’s learning and welfare.
- Finance and Staffing Committee: who are involved with all budgeting and staffing issues.
- Premises, Health and Safety Committee: who oversee the upkeep and development of the school’s buildings and grounds.
There are several other smaller committees who meet to do specific jobs at various times in the year and working parties are also formed to carry out specific tasks as needed.