Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Meet our Local Governing Body
The Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The three main functions of the governing body include:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.
With all of the three items above, the role of the Governing Body is to constructively challenge the senior leadership of the academy (that is, to be a “critical friend”). The Governing Body is not meant to get involved in the day-to-day running of the academy.
What does the Governing Body actually do?
The Governing Body meets once every term for a full meeting. Standard items that are discussed at these meetings include: data on how the children as a whole are progressing, academy finance, academy policy updates, safeguarding and SIAMS (the Statutory Inspection of Anglican schools). A termly headteacher’s report is also circulated, which updates governors on various matters to do with the academy.
Once a year, the Governing Body scrutinises the academy’s Self-Evaluation Form (which is the academy’s evaluation of how it is doing against previous judgements made by OFSTED), and also the School Development Plan, which is the yearly action plan that follows on from the Self-Evaluation Form.
As well as these termly meetings, governors regularly visit the academy to focus on a particular element of academy life. For instance, a recent visit focused on lesson planning, and looked at the role of both subject leads and class teachers in the detailed and comprehensive planning that takes place for every lesson. A write-up of these visits are then circulated to other governors, so that the Governing Body can build up a collective picture of the academy.
The lead governor for safeguarding meets termly with senior leaders and SENCO to ensure that the academy is up keeping its safeguarding responsibilities. Likewise, the lead governor for Health and Safety meets with the business manager and site caretaker to conduct a termly health and safety walk.
The relationship between the Local Governing Body and the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust (DCAT)
The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust is what is called a Multi Academy Trust. This means that it has under its stewardship more than one academy. In the case of DCAT, in Hastings and St. Leonards it also has Christchurch CE Primary & Nursery Academy, St Leonards CEP, and St Paul’s CE Academy. Under a Scheme of delegation, the differing roles and responsibilities of governance are delegated between the MAT and the Local Governing Boards.
How to contact the Governing Body
A member of the Governing Body tries to be available at events such as parents’ evening, so that parents can stop by and have a chat. If you want to contact the Governing Body directly, you can leave a leave a message at the school office and the Chair of Governors, Zoe Doye, will get back to you, or alternatively you can email the Clerk to Governors, Mrs T. Webb on firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust (DCAT) Members and the Board of Trustees, and the Academy Trust's annual accounts and financial reports can be found by clicking on the link to the DCAT website's Governance page: