About our governing body
What the governing body is
The Education Act 2002 requires all maintained schools to have a governing body. The governing body is a body corporate, similar in many ways to a company, which owns and operates the school undertaking and employs the staff. The governing body comprises a group of governors who are responsible for the running of the school. In broad terms, the governors are similar to the directors of a company.
As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, we operate under the care and guidance of the Diocese of Guildford. We have an instrument of government which has been agreed by Surrey County Council and the Diocese of Guildford, the current version having been agreed on 1 October 2018. This instrument sets out our ethos as follows:
“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.”
In the case of Scott-Broadwood, the governing body does not own the school site and buildings; they are held in a separate trust reflecting the wishes of one of our founders Henry Broadwood to provide a school in the village of Capel.
Constitution of the governing body
The governing body has a maximum of 12 members, comprising:
- 2 parent governors, elected by the parents
- 1 Local Authority governor, appointed by Surrey County Council
- 1 staff governor
- 1 headteacher
- 3 Foundation governors appointed by the Parochial Church Council of Capel & Ockley
- 3 Foundation governors appointed by the Guildford Diocesan Board of Education
- 1 ex-officio governor, being the vicar of the Parish of Capel & Ockley
The governors are responsible for electing one of their number as Chair of the governing body.
The normal term of office for a governor is 4 years. A governor can resign before the end of her or his term of office and is also allowed to put her- or himself forward for reappointment as a Foundation or LA governor at the end of their term.
Our governors all give their time voluntarily and are not paid for their services.
The role of the governing body
The governing body is responsible for overseeing the operation of the school.
- It sets the vision and strategic direction of the school, upholding the ethos of the school set out in our instrument of governance.
- It appoints the headteacher and holds her or him to account for the educational performance and running of the school.
- It is responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.
The governors are not responsible for the day to day running of the school – that is the responsibility of the headteacher who reports to the governing body.
Operation of the governing body
The governing body normally meets twice every term to review the school’s performance and to make key decisions for the school. Typically, such meetings comprise part I, focusing on the normal business of the school and part II which focuses on key strategic discussions and decisions. The minutes of the part I meetings are available for inspection upon request.
At Scott-Broadwood, we operate a flat governance structure. That is to say, we do not divide the governors into separate committees and all governors are expected to have oversight of all key aspects of the school’s operations. Individual governors take on responsibility for specific aspects of the school’s activities, such as safeguarding or curriculum planning, and then report back to the whole governing body.
In non-restricted times, we organise termly governors’ visits during which governors can get a close look at the workings of the school. The small size of our school means that our governors are able to get to know all the staff and many of the pupils and parents, ensuring that they have a clear view of how things are going. Individual governors also visit the school to meet staff and discuss their specific areas of responsibility. The Chair works closely with the headteacher, acting as an adviser and sounding board and visits the school regularly.
As a maintained school, the education we provide is funded by our local authority and no charge is made for it. However, as a Church of England Voluntary Aided school, the capital cost of maintaining and repairing our site buildings is met out of a separate fund administered by the Diocese of Guildford. Under these arrangements, 90% of any such capital costs are met out of this fund, while the remaining 10% has to be met by the governing body. As such, the governing body has a responsibility to raise funds to ensure that it can make the necessary contributions to capital expenditure.
We are fortunate that we have a very active local community who help us with our fundraising and also a hardworking and dedicated parents’ group, the Friends of Scott-Broadwood, who organise regular fundraising activities and events on our behalf.