Roles & Responsibilities
What is a Governing Body and what do we do?
The role of the Governing Body is to oversee the success of the school and work in partnership with the Head and teachers to agree priorities and monitor progress towards them. ALTS Governing Body is there to provide constructive support and challenge to the Head and teachers to enable them to do their jobs to the best of their ability. ALTS Governing Body also works as a decision-making body with corporate responsibility to work in the best interests of the school.
The overall role of a governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:
- Set the aims and objectives for the school
- Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- Be a source of challenge and support to the Head.
Our Governing Body does not run or manage ALTS. It has no responsibility for the internal organisation or management of the school.
Who can become a Governor?
Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. Our school governors are people who genuinely want to make a positive contribution to our children’s education. Time commitments can vary but on average we spend between 10-20 days per year on governing responsibilities – monthly meetings, training, school visits etc. A Governors term of office is normally four years.
Our aim is to have a balanced group of governors with diversity in gender, age, experience and skill sets, to ensure our support can be as effective as possible to the Head and teachers.
We welcome applications for Parent Governors. For further information about this role please click on the document below.
School Governors at Alfred Lord Tennyson School
The Governing Board comprises 15 governors;
- The Head Teacher
- 4 Elected Parent Governors
- 1 Staff Governor
- 1 Local Authority Governor
- 8 Co-Opted Governors