This Governor Portal is designed to keep you informed of the work done by the Governing Body of Brine Leas School.
On this home page we have a basic introduction to what the Governing Body is for, who the members are, and how they came to be appointed.
The Academy Governing Body
Academy Schools such as Brine Leas are state-funded independent schools outside the control of the Local Authority. The school is constituted as a limited company, "Brine Leas School" (also referred to as the "Academy Trust"), which owns the physical assets of the school and employs the staff. The Articles of Association of the school can be obtained from Companies House, or downloaded here. The Articles define "Members" of the Trust, which are effectively the Company Directors.
There is a close link between the "Members" and the Governing Body, as all Members must be serving Governors, and all Governors are eligible to become Members. Both central and local government are entitled to appoint additional Members under certain circumstances. Members perform some additional duties to meet company law requirements, but the primary role of the Governing Body has not been changed by the school's new status.
What does the Governing Body do?
The role of the Governing Body is not to manage the school on a day-to-day basis - that responsibility belongs with the Head Teacher (sometimes called the Principal in Academy language). The Governing Body take a more strategic view. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress. They work closely with the Head Teacher, and act as a "critical friend", providing advice and support, but also constructive challenge to the school as necessary.
Full meetings of the Governing Body are held approximately half-termly. These meetings are in two parts. Part 1 is a public discussion, and minutes of these meetings are available for viewing on this site. Part 2 of the meeting is a confidential discussion, and these minutes are not available to the public. Typical topics for Part 2 would include personnel matters related to named staff members or future plans for the school that are not yet public information.
More detailed discussions are held in sub-committees that generally meet prior to the full Governor Body meetings. There are two sub-committees, one covering pupil matters (Assessment, Recording & Reporting, Curriculum, Pastoral, Teaching & Learning, and Post-16) and the other dealing with Site & Finance and Staffing matters.
Further information and links
There are links to other pages in the Governor Learning Portal box above left.
Governors logged on with an authorised user-id will see additional links in the Governor Learning Portal box. These will lead to more detailed documentation and other relevant downloads.