THE WOODLANDS ACADEMY GOVERNING BODY
The Woodlands Academy is an Academy Trust which is charity and a company limited by guarantee. The Academy is governed by its Articles of Association and Funding Agreement (copies of these documents are available from the drop down menu)
The role of the Woodlands Academy governing body is a strategic one to ensure that there are high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school, its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- ensure that the views of stakeholders (parents, pupils, local communities and staff) are regularly sought and considered
- be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)
The governing body is also required to ensure that Academy complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Education Funding Agency as regulator; in particular it must ensure that it prepares reports on what it has achieved and annual returns and accounts as required by law.
The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.
On an annual basis, at the first meeting of each academic year, the Full Governing Body elect Chair and Vice Chair, determine membership of Committees and consider its planned business programme for the year.
Full Governing Body meetings consider reports and recommendations from the Finance Committee, receive updates from governor attendance at Senior Management Meetings including Premises, Health & Safety, take account of any policy and procedural changes that have been recommended and receive Headteacher and leadership reports on progress and attainment and school developments. Link Governors also provide an update on visits and training.
To assist decision making, a Governing Body Finance Committee undertakes more detailed consideration of the governing body’s responsibility for management of the academy’s finances. The Committee meets and reports half termly. The governing body has delegated the day-to-day responsibility to the Headteacher for ensuring financial controls conform with the requirement of both propriety and good financial management and in accordance with the requirements and responsibilities assigned to it in the funding agreement. The Headteacher is also responsible for reporting to the board of trustees any material weaknesses or breakdowns in internal control. (Information regarding the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation are available from the drop down menu)
The governing body has agreed terms of reference to deal with general complaints, pupil discipline and staff dismissal. Membership to these committees is determined as and when required due to consideration of governor availability.
Full governing body meetings are chaired by the Chair of Governors or in his/her absence the Vice-Chair.
Governors have an adopted code of conduct and abide by The Nolan Principles of Public Life.
List of Governors