The Governing Body at the College consists of parents, staff and members of the local community. It is responsible for the strategic leadership of the College and works closely with the Executive Principal, Head of College and Leadership Team in monitoring and promoting excellent opportunities, outcomes and life chances for all.
The three core functions of governance (from Department for Education Governance Handbook January 2017) are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the College and deciding on the general policies of the College, for setting the College budget, and for agreeing the College Improvement Plan and monitoring the College’s performance against it. In the vast majority of cases, it carries out its duties in conjunction with the Executive Principal and Head of College. The Head of College is responsible for putting those policies and decisions into effect and for the day-to-day management of the College.
The precise role of each governor will depend on what responsibilities s/he takes on. Most governors will take responsibility for one of the portfolios – Finance; H&S; Data; Safeguarding/Child Protection; SEND; Teaching & Learning; Pastoral Care; Policies; HR – Governors are also encouraged to take on other responsibilities from time to time, but there is no requirement to do so.
Why become a Governor?
If you have an interest and passion in the ongoing development of Dawlish College to provide the best possible education in its broadest sense to the young people in this area, offering your time as a Governor will allow you to contribute directly to that end.
If you are interested in joining the Governing Body at Dawlish College, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mrs N Drake by email – firstname.lastname@example.org who can arrange an informal meeting with Governors to discuss matters further and let you know if there are any current vacancies.