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What is the role of the Governing Body?

Governors have a key role in the management of the school. They are not responsible for the day to day running of the school, that is the Headteacher’s responsibility. However, they are responsible for policy setting, monitoring, supporting the Headteacher and holding them to account. Our governors have a wide range of business, employment and voluntary experience and there are sometimes opportunities for new  Governors to get involved. Training and induction is offered to all Governors. Please contact the school if you would be interested in becoming a Governor should a vacancy arise.
The main ways in which the Governing Body carries out its role is by - 

  • setting the aims and objectives for the school
  • setting the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • being a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher

What types of governors are there?

Ripley School Governing Body is made up of 12 people, a combination of different types of Governors –

• 3 parent governors – elected by the parents and carers from the school
• 3 Foundation governors – put forward by the local Church and including the Vicar of the United Benefice
• 1 Local Authority governor
• The Headteacher
• A staff governor
• 3 co-opted governors – chosen specifically for their relevant skills

We carry out an annual skills audit to ensure we have the skills needed to carry out our role effectively and to identify training needs. This also helps us to be clear about the skills we need when we have a vacancy.

How is the Governing Body Organised?

The Full Governing Body meets 9 times a year. There is also a Strategic Development Committee which oversees the collaboration with Burnt Yates School and a joint Collective Worship group which monitors and evaluates worship across Ripley and Burnt Yates Schools. These committees meet termly. There are a number of other committees which only meet as required. In addition, all governors have responsibility for specific areas of the annual School Improvement plan, Health and Safety, Safeguarding and children with Special Educational need. A full list of our governors, their roles and responsibilities, financial and business interests, and governance roles in other schools is below.































Governors who have left in the last 12 months































Attendance at meetings is very important for Governors. Our attendance records for main committee meetings in 2016-17 are below –























































If you would like to find out more about the role of the Full Governing Body or you have any questions, please contact the Chair of Governors, Rose Gosling, via the school office.

If you would like to request to see a copy of any non confidential Governor Minutes please contact the school office.





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