The Governing Board
"I, along with the rest of the Governing Board, am passionate about our school’s culture and ethos. We believe that the school has a key role within our community, and are keen to work with our Headteacher to drive the school forward and create an environment in which all our pupils can reach their true potential. "
The Hobbayne Governing Board has three core functions:
- Strategy - Ensuring clarity of vision and strategic direction
- Accountability - Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- Finance - Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent, including the pupil premium.
In addition, Governors are also responsible for ensuring that the school fulfils its statutory duties, for example under the Equality Act 2010, and other duties, for example in relation to the safeguarding of its pupils, including the ‘Prevent’ duty.
The members of our Board are all passionate about our school’s culture and ethos. We believe that the school has a key role within our community, and are keen to work with our Headteacher to drive the school forward and create an environment in which all our pupils can reach their true potential.
I am proud of the progress made since our last OFSTED inspection, in spite of the interruptions caused by Covid-19 and we remain focused on continuous improvement for the benefit of Hobbayne pupils.
Chair of Governors, Hobbayne Primary
All maintained schools in England have a Governing Board which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. .
The Governing Board works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
Membership of the Governing Board includes parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community and the Local Authority.
The Governing Board has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:
- Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
- Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
- Management of the school’s budget
- Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is broad and balanced
Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including: Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.
Governors are required to be attached to one committee and attend termly full Governing Board meetings. The two committees consist of:
- Curriculum and Standards (broad and balanced curriculum, pupil progress and quality of learning and teaching)
- Finance and Welfare (staffing, premises, spend and impact)
A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific areas within the school. The Terms of Reference outline the specific responsibilities of the full governing body and its committees.