The Governing Body plays a key role in setting the school’s overall direction.
It helps to shape the aims and objectives and agrees key policies that guide the school’s work and ensures that all legal requirements are fully met. Overseeing the curriculum - setting challenging targets for children’s attainment and progress and keeping up the pressure for continuous improvement - are another important aspect of the role. Making sure the school fulfils its duty to keep children safe, properly looked after and enjoying their time at Manorfield are other key areas of work. The Governing Body is also responsible for setting and monitoring the school’s budget, seeking to make sure that resources are used for the particular needs of the school and for the benefit of the children.
The Governing Body makes the school accountable for its performance and helps to respond to the needs of parents and the community. It acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the Headteacher and the school - offering support and asking challenging questions.
The Governing Body is made up of elected parent Governors, staff governors (teaching and non-teaching), some appointed by the Local Authority, representatives of the local community and, as a Church of England primary school, Manorfield also has Church or Foundation Governors.
The Governing Body meets four times a year as a whole and has two committees that meet termly in order to consider certain areas of the school’s work in more detail: Curriculum (covering what is taught as well as standards and progress) and Resources Committee - (covering staffing, community, health & safety and premises).
Outside of meetings, a number of working parties are set up according to specific needs and governors work closely with school staff to support curriculum areas, form part of any staff selection panel, attend school events and meet with parents to discuss formal complaints. We hope parents will be keen to talk to governors (there are some worryingly large photographs in the school entrance hall to help you pick us out!) with feedback (positive and negative) or queries. We are not able to deal directly with individual issues or complaints—but we can make suggestions as to how to proceed.