Governors work together to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school, with the aim of improving the quality of education provided and raising standards. The school's Governing Body does not run the school; this is the job of the Headteacher and other senior staff.
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All Governors can be contacted via the schools reception.
Monday 20 September
Local Governing Body Meeting 1
Thursday 18 November
Governor Participation Day 1
Monday 6 December
Local Governing Body Meeting 2
Monday 7 February
Local Governing Body Meeting 3
Tuesday 8 March
Governor Participation Day 2
Monday 9 May
Local Governing Body Meeting 4
Thursday 16 June
Governor Participation Day 3
Monday 27 June
Local Governing Body Meeting 5
Key Roles of Governors:
To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
To hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management of staff
To oversee the financial performance of the school
We also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
Determining how the school's budget is spent
The appointing and dismissing of staff
Hearing appeals and grievances
Forming policy on the school's curriculum
Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
In order to do this, our governors gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community, for example, through a small number of visits during the school day.
How do we do it?
The governing body meet formally every 6-8 weeks. Meeting dates are usually set well in advance and meetings generally last between two and three hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is expected, with apologies only for good reasons.
The governing body govern without committees, but each governor has an area of responsibility, focusing on key areas such as safeguarding, curriculum, school improvement/performance or finance and staffing.
In addition, some governors volunteer to fulfil specific roles, such as being the Special Educational Needs governor, or the Health and Safety governor, or the link governor for a particular year or subject.
All governors arrange a couple of shorter visits to school and classrooms focusing on key priorities, so that they can see how the school is addressing issues identified for development.
The governing body are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school and it has an important part to play in raising school standards.
Who are we?
The governing body is made up of parents, staff and members of the local community.
Red Kite Learning Trust is a Multi-academy trust made up of 13 schools in North and West Yorkshire, serving more than 8,000 children and young people and their families, from nursery to sixth form. We’re passionate about learning, providing a rich curriculum which releases potential and creates opportunity for all our pupils.
Austhorpe Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ