By law, the Governors of Stafford Manor High School are required to discharge three core strategic functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The composition of the Governing Board is regulated by the School’s Instrument of Government which provides that it shall consist of:
2 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
1 Headteacher Governor (where the Headteacher chooses to be a Governor)
2 Foundation Governors
5 Co-opted governors
All have voting rights on the Full Governing Board.
Parent and Staff Governors are elected. The Local Authority Governor is nominated by Staffordshire County Council and the Foundation Governors are appointed by the School’s legal foundation which is the Stafford Community Learning Trust.
Co-opted Governors are chosen from a variety of backgrounds in order to ensure that the Governing Board collectively possesses the range of skills necessary to perform its statutory duties and are appointed by the Full Governing Board. These skills are regularly audited and augmented by a programme of ongoing training and development.
The Board 2019-2020 is made up of:-
The Full Governing Board meets at least once each term and more frequently when required. Detailed work is delegated to specialist committees/groups which report to the FGB, all members have full voting rights:
Consists of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board, Chairs of Committees and the Headteacher. It meets 3/4 times per term on an informal basis.
Progress and Learning:-
Viv Evans (Chair)
Craig McKenzie (Vice Chair)
Warren Dix (Chair)
Craig Mckenzie (Vice-Chair)
These committees usually meet four times per term.
Members of Staff are welcome to attend and observe the work of the FGB or any of these committees at any time (subject to being asked to withdraw for part of a meeting should any sensitive or restricted business need to be discussed).
Other Governors’ Committees dealing with matters such as Headteacher’s Performance, HR issues and Pupil Discipline meet as required.
It is not the role of the Governors to deal with the daily operational running of the School – this is for the Headteacher, the SLT and the Staff. However, in order to discharge their strategic responsibilities, it is important that Governors engage closely with staff and pupils.
Individual Governors are appointed as ‘Link’ Governors with special responsibility for each of the following areas:
Safeguarding & Prevent (to include SEND, Pupil Premium, and Looked after Child)
Business& Industry Link (added value, information and guidance)
Health & Safety
The contact details of each current Link Governor can be obtained from the Clerk (see below).
Governors regularly attend meetings of the School Council and other events and frequently hold meetings of the Full Governing Board and the various Governors’ Committees in School. They are always available to staff for discussion on these occasions. Governors are happy to support staff when required. Governors can be contacted at any other time and meetings between Members of Staff and Governors will be arranged when requested.
In order to do so, please contact the Clerk to Governors through firstname.lastname@example.org. The Clerk works in the Governors’ Room (H2).
Should you require any further information with regard to the work of the Governing Board or any matter relating to the governance of Stafford Manor High School, please feel free to contact the Clerk.
The Chair can be contacted via email at V.email@example.com.
The Vice-chair can be contacted via email at W.firstname.lastname@example.org.