Local Governing Body
Welcome to our Governors' section
What is a School Governor?
School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Some are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed either by the local authority or from the local community.
What do governors do?
School governors have a wide range of responsibilities, helping to raise standards of pupil achievement and planning the school’s future direction, always in consultation with the Headteacher and other staff. We are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.
There are three core functions that support the roles above:
- To help set the strategic direction of the school.
- To hold the headteacher to account for the performance of pupils at the school.
- To ensure financial probity and the prudent use of public money.
We are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school, we are not responsible for the ‘conduct’ of the school or the ‘running’ of the school, that is the job of the Headteacher.
Governors’ responsibilities include:
- Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved
- Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year
- Appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher (being a ‘critical friend’)
- Acting as a link between the local community and the school
- Helping to set and manage the school budget
- Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff
â€‹At St Nick’s we do this on several levels. We meet as a Full Governing Body about five times a year but also in two main committees, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail.
At present our committees are:
- NASP (Non Academic Standards & Proviision) which includes :–
- Premises - dealing with our building and grounds (including Health & Safety). Identifying any issues that may impact on the day to day running of the school.
- Finance – agreeing and monitoring the annual budgets and dealing with all the financial challenges of the school including expenditure, financial processes and audits.
- Pupil & Personnel Welfare – dealing with welfare of pupils and staff. Includes SEN children, safeguarding, e-safety and staffing issues.
- ASP (Academic Standards & Provision) – monitors the standards being achieved by the school. Ensuring the objectives within School Improvement Plan (SIP) is being effectively managed, appointing governors to specific roles and the tracking of Pupil Premium issues.
Individual governors are also linked with a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, a curriculum subject or a year group. All governors are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if they can, but we do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching or running of the school: we leave that to the professionals!
North Somerset provides training in all aspects of governors’ responsibilities and we take full advantage of that, in order to be as effective as possible.
At St Nick’s we have 10 governors, a lively and dedicated team who work hard for the school. Click the link below to see all the committees and the specific responsibilities certain governors have:
We have recently changed the way we govern the school in line with the Clevedon Learning Trust (CLT) guidelines, the new structure can be seen in the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.
Terms of Reference & Scheme of Delegation:
Our Local Governing Body:
Approved Minutes from Full/Local Governing Body Meetings:
- LGB MINUTES - 10th July 2019
- LGB MINUTES - 23rd April 2019
- LGB MINUTES - 30th January 2019
- LGB MINUTES - 21st November 2018
- LGB MINUTES - 19th September 2018
- LGB MINUTES - 18th July 2018
- LGB Minutes - 2nd May 2018
- LGB Minutes - 7th February 2018
- FGB Minutes - 13th September 2017
- FGB Minutes - 15th November 2017
- FGB Minutes - 5th July 2017
- FGB Minutes - 3rd May 2017