The Role of the Governing Board
What is an Academy?
Huxlow is an Academy but is not part of a chain. We report directly to the Department for Education (DfE) and they provide our funding. Therefore we are an independent body subject to company and charity law as well as our funding agreement with the DfE. We are solely responsible for our activities and outcomes.
The Governing Body of the College is responsible for all aspects of the College; we delegate the normal running of the College to the Headteacher.
Who are the school governors?
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school, who together are known as the governing body. Huxlow's governors include members of the local community, parents, teachers and support staff. All governors serve a four year term, unless they choose to resign early. Governors are appointed by the full governing body, with the exception of parent governors, who are voted in by the parents of current students.
Why does the school need governors?
The governing body works largely ‘behind the scenes’, but they are involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school. This includes a wide range of regular tasks, such as:
- Setting strategic direction and long-term goals for the school as a whole
- Supporting the Headteacher and also holding them to account for improving performance
- Setting budgets and ensuring that money is well spent
The governors also play a crucial role in big decisions that have to be made from time to time, such as appointing a new Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher, or making the change from a maintained school to an academy school.
Further information about the roles and responsibilities of school governors can be found at:
- The Department for Education
- The National Governors Association
- Northamptonshire County Council
What does the role of governor involve?
Governors work as a team to make joint decisions on the school’s policies and procedures.
The Full Governing Body meet at least once a term. Representatives from within and outside the school are invited to discuss specific themes.
Much of the detailed work is carried out by four main committees, containing several governors each, which meet regularly:
- Finance, Premises and Personnel
- Curriculum & Welfare
- Health and Safety
Who can become a school governor?
Anyone over 18 can become a school governor. Huxlow’s governing body includes individuals from many different backgrounds. All the governors share a commitment to providing, for all of our students, a good education and a happy and safe experience.