Overview of Governing Body
We are extremely proud of our Governing Body at Mayfield. We have worked really hard over the years to recruit a strong and skilled team who offer just the right mix of challenge and support. All governors are committed to improving outcomes for our students and the school and have an impressive record of involvement.
The current members are proactive in evaluating their own effectiveness and seek regular guidance and training to support their roles in schools. This ensures good strong relationships with the school and staff teams are developed.
The team have been involved in many major projects over the years to support our vision for school and long term development plan.
The Governing Body at Mayfield School works voluntarily for the good of the school and is responsible for overseeing all strategic matters relating to school life. The Governors are responsible for deciding and agreeing school policies and for ensuring the school is run effectively so it is able to meet its aims.
Governor’s core strategic functions are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head Teacher 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.
Governor’s core responsibilities at Mayfield are:
- Ensuring accountability
- Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
- Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
- Budgetary allocation and control
- Planning for the long term future of the school
- Setting the school’s aims and values
- Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
The Governors never lose sight of the fact that every decision they make ultimately affects the children and young adults who attend Mayfield School.
The Governors have 3 subcommittees; Self Evaluation, Finance and Resources and Health and Safety. Meetings take place at least once a term to discuss policy, finance, buildings, appointments, school improvements and safety, health and wellbeing. These committees report to the full Governing body with recommendations.
Each governor holds a designated responsibility, and act on behalf of the full governing body where appropriate. An important role for governors is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the children and we have a nominated governor for safeguarding, who reports to the wider board on safeguarding matters.
Our governors follow all NGA Guidance and regularly keep up to date with any changes, reviews, and updates.
Governor Visit Protocol:
Planned Visits Linked to School Improvement and Development
As part of their monitoring and support and challenge role governors attend school across the year with a defined focus linked to their role.
This ranges from termly health and safety walkabouts to regular visits from the Chair to speak with staff.
These visits support the strategic decision making of the governing body and help support the working relationships between staff and governors.
To support these visits we have in place an annual monitoring schedule agreed at the start of each year and linked to each area of focus. Governors then report on visits and findings at termly full governors meetings, to support information sharing and enhance accountability.
Each governor is assigned a class to visit and support. The contact and frequency of visits is decided in agreement with the class team.
In addition governors attend training events, school events and special occasions. Governors’ visits help to develop their knowledge of the school and deepen their understanding of the impact of their decisions on the provision.
The key questions and points for discussion for governors to consider in committees will be informed following such visits and through subsequent discussions with school leaders.
Key Issues to Address to ensure Consistency of approach
Each planned visit undertaken requires an agreed focus and monitoring format linked to governor role. A pro forma is in place for each visit report that is available for staff to see.
There are also clear guidelines for staff and governors in relation to the visits.
Key questions to consider could include:
- What are the key issues for action in this area?
- How does this relate to the school improvement priorities?
- How well is the action plan going?
- Do governors have the support / resource needed to carry it out?
- What may be seen in relation to impact at this point?
- What needs to be done next?
Supporting Effective Visits to maximise impact:
For visits we
- Identify a designated member of staff to meet with the governor (Head Teacher / Deputy / Head of Department / Subject leader).
- Provide opportunity for Q & A session - either during / after the scheduled visit has taken place.
- Share information of governors completed proforma with staff.
- Appoint staff governor for dissemination of information.
- Keep records of visits for monitoring purposes.
Equality and Fairness
Governors should take care to note their visit is always only a ‘snapshot’ of the school at a particular point in time.
The Governing Body is committed to an equitable and fair approach to these visits through:
- Reinforcement of clarity of purpose.
- Understanding as governors they are not in a position to make written observations / comments about the quality of the teaching and learning as it is beyond their remit.
- Any concerns following the visit are raised with the Head Teacher immediately.
- Identification of individual staff or pupils by name is not permitted on any visit.
- The monitoring reports will be available for inspection.
Future plans for governors
Based on our thorough annual audit against the competency standards we have identified a number of areas of improvement.
Across the 2021 / 22 school year:
- We will work with the Head Teacher in conjunction with senior leadership team to track improvement outcomes and update the school’s development
- We will continue to monitor the curriculum and ensure it is further developed throughout the
- We will continue to support and advise the school in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and will implement any changes as necessary throughout the school
- Securing outstanding outcomes for all of our children remains our ultimate goal and we will continue to work closely with teaching staff to ensure Pupil Premium and Sports Funding grants are spent
- We will also work to ensure interventions for disadvantaged children have a positive impact on their achievements and sporting programmes have a great impact on pupils’ fitness, health, and
- Safeguarding children will always be a priority and our focus will be on emotional and mental wellbeing and e-safety.
- We will continue to prepare our children for a modern Britain by promoting values such as democracy, the law, liberty, respect, and
- These sit alongside our own school vision:
‘Mayfield is an inspirational, emotionally intelligent, safe and happy learning community, where together, we empower pupils to build key skills for life.’
Policy Control and Governors
Part of the statutory responsibility of the Governors is to monitor the implementation and update of statutory policies and documentation. The senior leadership work with the governors to agree on responsibility for writing and updating policies on a specified timescale. Policies are approved / signed by the relevant committee chair, and where necessary passed through the full governors meetings.
All policies are held in school which governors can access at any time. They are also held on the school information drive in electronic format.