All schools in the UK have a governing body whose job is to:
• Set strategic direction for the school
• Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and the head teacher
• Ensure that the school is accountable
The Ringmer Governing Body is made up of 10 people who represent all the key groups involved with the school – parents and carers, school staff, the Local Authority and the local community. The Headteacher is also a member of the governing body.
Governors who are not school staff are not paid for their work, but carry it out on a voluntary basis. Parent governors are elected by parents and carers, while other types of governor are appointed by the Governing Body on the basis of their expertise or interest.
All governors have a 4 year term of office, but can be re-appointed at the end of this period. The Governing Body has a paid Clerk whose job is to circulate agendas, take minutes, and advise the Governing Body on its statutory responsibilities.
Our governing body meets 6 times a year, and also has expert groups which focus on the four key areas of the school development plan and the financial management of the school. The Governing Body also appoints and manages the performance of the Headteacher, and acts as an independent body which can deal with complaints about the school.
If you would like to contact the Governors please speak to the School Office.