The role of our Local School Committee
We have high expectations of our Local School Committee. Its members (Local Governors) are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.This is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of local school committees is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.
The DfE Governance Handbook for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools is a key document for governors and highlights their roles and responsibilities. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, and
• holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and
• overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools (September 2013) and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of a school’s governing body.