School governors at Stoke Climsland School

The governing body works across both schools in the federation (i.e. Calstock and Stoke Climsland).  The National Governors Association describes the role of governors as:

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.

Structure and remit of Calstock & Stoke Climsland Federation
According to the Instrument of Government: Community Schools dated 20 October 2015, the governing body is made up of 14 governors:

a. 2 parent governors

b. 2 staff governors

c. 1 LA governor

d. 9 co-opted governors

The governing body also have two associate members appointed for their expertise on premises matters.  Associate members within the governing body have no voting rights.

The governors are responsible for 4 core functions:

1. Contribute to the strategic discussions at Governing Board meetings.

2. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school's performance.

3. Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises, and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.

4. When required, serve on panels of governors to:

  • appoint the Headteacher and other senior leaders
  • appraise the Headteacher
  • set the Headteacher's pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff
  • hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters
  • hear appeals about pupil exclusions