The Broomfield school governors are collectively called the governing body.
What does the governing body do?
The governing body's three main roles are to:
- ensure the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
- hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and the pupils
- oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent.
The school motto ‘Investing in Individuals, Transforming Lives’ reflects the ethos of our school as a community where we value the contributions of all pupils and staff.
The governing body supports this motto by observing, listening and challenging all aspects of school life. It does this so that the decisions that it makes are well informed and contribute towards the continuing success of the school. The governing body also plays an important part in the Ofsted inspection process by demonstrating their knowledge of the effectiveness of the school.
The governing body ensures that resources are well used, so that every child and young person has the best possible experience. Performance data is checked to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is excellent. Policies and procedures are reviewed to ensure the wellbeing of everybody in school – both pupils and staff.
Code of conduct
All governors sign up to a code of conduct which sets out a number of principles which guide how the governing body operates, ensuring that it is consistent and fair.
The governors work as a team. Individual governors have no power or responsibility and it is only the full governing body which has corporate legal powers and duties.
Click to view a copy of the governing body Code of Conduct.
Keeping children safe in education
Who sits on the governing body?
The governing body comprises volunteers who are committed to doing their very best to support the school, its pupils and staff. Governors are part of the school team, and come from all walks of life, with a wide range of different skills and talents. Some governors have had a long association with the school, whilst others are more recent appointments. All governors share a vision for the school to continue to improve, offering the best education and experience for all of its children and young people.
Rosie Evans, a recently appointed parent governor, explains why she got involved. Her thoughts are shared by the other governors:
'We ... know how challenging the behaviour of our young people can be, but with it comes the great rewards of each and every small progression they make and the knowledge that we have helped them on their journey to reach their full potential. To be able to send a child to school knowing they are happy to be there; in a safe environment that is able to meet the child's needs. Providing them with the appropriate methods of teaching to enable them to reach their true potential.'
The Governing Body
The governing body comprises community, local authority, parent/carers and staff governors.
In accordance with new Regulations relating to the constitution of governing bodies, from September 2015 the governing body will comprise:
|Term of office|
|Principal (1)||John Fryer||ex oficio|
|Local Authority (1)||Martin Bartholomew||2018|
|Co-opted (6)||Simon Crockford(Acting chair)|
|Hilary Britton(Acting vice-chair)|
|Staff (1)||Naomi Hammill||2018|
If you are interested in knowing more about the governing body or in becoming a governor, please contact Liz White or the school
Who are the governors?
To give you a better idea of who the governors are, they have been invited to describe their backgrounds and experience. As we receive their notes, they will be updated to the website
- Phil Chan
I currently work for Leeds Complex Needs Service within the SEN team, as a Funding For Inclusion Co-ordinator. As part of my role I have developed and have a good working knowledge of how schools should run, especially in relation to SEN. I feel that the role of a governor calls for continued challenge of a school's practice and my knowledge of best practice in SEN will be valuable in supporting Broomfield School.Additionally my work with SEN funding means that I have a good grasp of school budgets so I fully understand the challenges faced by a school in providing the best for its pupils. I also have a background in engineering which has given me a good range of skills especially in creative thinking; I think this provides a different perspective to the governing body.It has been a pleasure to see the good work that Broomfield School put into place for its pupils and I look forward to developing a positive relationship with the school. I have no doubts that the school is on a journey to becoming an outstanding school.
The governing body normally has four full meetings a year. All meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk who provides guidance and support to the governing body.
There are also three sub-committees, each of which meets once a term to discuss specific issues in more detail. The sub-committees are focussed around:
- pupil welfare and safeguarding
- teaching and learning
How do governors spend their time?
Most school governor time is:
- spent in meetings
- agreeing budgets
- determining staffing levels
- reviewing the quality of teaching and learning
- agreeing policies
- taking care of the buildings and environment.
However, the most rewarding time that governors spend is in school with staff and pupils. School governors spend as much time as possible in school, and take part in classroom observations, learning walks, assemblies and special events. Time spent listening to pupils and staff is also extremely important, and all governors enjoy this aspect of the work, as it helps to bring a real outcome to the decisions that are made.
The governing body welcomes compliments, comments and complaints about all aspects of the school.
- Compliments and comments
Please contact the chair of governors, Liz White, c/o the school.
If you have a complaint about an aspect of school life, in the first instance please try to resolve the matter with a teacher or the school principal. The governing body only becomes involved in a complaint once these channels have been used. A copy of the school's complaints procedure is available under ‘Policies’ on the school web-site.
At Broomfield South SILC we are constantly striving to improve and develop the provision for our pupils and staff. The governing body will continue to work hard to support and challenge the school in achieving this goal.