Shenfield High School

Governor Information

(Chair of Governors: Jane Swettenham)

Shenfield High School, as an Academy, is a company limited by guarantee, which is registered at Companies House, and a Trust.

Its Governing Body are directors of the company, and three of the body also act as members of the company: the Chair, the Vice Chair/Chair of the Standards and Performance Committee and the Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee. The Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association  and the Academy’s Funding Agreement with the Education Funding Agency  are the governing documents for the School. Governors are also trustees of the Trust.

The Governing Body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The Governing Body aims to ensure that students are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The Governing Body:

Sets the strategic direction of the School by:

  1. Setting the values, aims and objectives of the school
  2. Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
  3. Setting statutory targets
  4. Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure

Challenges and supports the School by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

  1. The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
  2. Progress towards targets. In doing so it will examine data and evidence to include the IDSR (inspection data summary report) and internal data provided by the school
  3. The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
  4. The budget and the staffing structure Governors receive monthly management accounts, which are reviewed in detail by the Resources Committee four times each academic year, with reports being made to the termly meetings of the full Board.

Ensures accountability by:

  1. Signing off the Self Evaluation Form or equivalent
  2. Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
  3. Holding the Head to account for the performance of the School
  4. Ensuring parents and students are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
  5. Making information such as examination performance and admissions policies available to the community

Appoints and performance manages the headteacher/principal who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing body.

For governing bodies to carry out their roles effectively, governors must be:

  1. prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously
  2. acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals
  3. supported by the appropriate authorities in that task
  4. willing and able to monitor and review their own performance

In law, the governing body is a corporate body which means:

  1. no governor can act on their own without proper authority from the full governing body
  2. all governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made
  3. although appointed through different routes, the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole 

For further information about how the Governing Body works see the full Governors’ Handbook.  If you wish to contact Governors, please do so via the Clerk to the Governors,