The Governing Body is accountable to the Department for Education for the money that has been granted to the school. Governors oversee the running of the school and are also responsible for the standard of education the school provides. There are particular statutory responsibilities in relation to, for example, admissions, attendance, behaviour, curriculum, provision for children with special educational needs, premises, staffing, finance, complaints and inspections.
In essence, the conduct and overall management of the school is under the direction of the Governing Body. They need to work at the strategic level. The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher, who reports to the Governing Body. The Governing Body is also act as a “critical friend”, monitoring and evaluating progress and acting as a champion for the school in the community.
The full Governing Body meets at least once a term to discuss issues and developments, reviews policies, the finances and makes important decisions about the running of the school. There are various committees and groups which oversee the running of different aspects. Some committees meet at regular intervals and others meet as and when required. All groups report to the full Governing Body. The main standing committees are:
- Finance & Personnel
- Learning & Achievement
- Pre School
- Audit Committee
There are other committees responsible for discipline of pupils and staff, the Headteacher’s performance appraisal, etc., who meet when required. There is also a regular Building and Sites working party which oversees the School's estate and health and safety. Some governors are appointed as points of contact for subjects such as safeguarding, health and safety and special educational needs.
Governors are unpaid volunteers and are appointed for 4 years. Parent governors are appointed by parents by a vote; staff by a vote by staff (both teaching and support staff); community by the Governing Body and the local authority Governor by the London Borough of Bromley. Parent governors can complete their term even if their child leaves the school. The rules for membership of the Governing Body are determined by the Memorandum and Articles of Association, the founding documents of Valley School Academy Trust. The balance and number of staff, community, local authority and parent governors is approved by the Secretary of State for Education.
At Valley, the Governing Body comprises the following people:
Stephen Jackson, Headteacher (Trustee/Director), Staff Governor
Bill Mitchell, Chairman (Trustee/Director), Co-opted, Community Governor
Rachel Wolfendale, Staff Governor
Soraya Crowley, Staff Governor
Helen Randell, Co-opted Governor (Trustee/Director)
Toby Reid, Parent Governor