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Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about how the Governors of our Academy help in the running of our school. Our Chairperson, Mr Mark Pagan can be contacted via the main school office.

Governance of the Academy Trust

When a school becomes an Academy the Secretary of State for Education issues an academy order and a trust is then set up which in effect has a contract to run the academy for the government. Academy trusts have almost complete flexibility to shape their governance arrangements and design the constitution of their governing bodies as they see fit. An academy trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. All academy trusts have two layers of governance:

  • The Members, who set up the academy trust and the contract with the government. Members have a limited financial liability to the trust in the event it is wound up and have the power to appoint and remove trustees;
  • The Trustees, who are responsible for the three core strategic governance functions outlined below. The trustees are also the directors of the charitable company. They are responsible for ensuring the charitable company achieves its objectives, as well as compliance with charity and company law and the academy trust’s funding agreement.

As Green Lane is a single academy trust, the members and the trustees are all directors and form the Governing Body – and are referred to as Governors.

Their three core strategic governance functions are:

  • Strategic Role – to provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. To appoint and appraise all staff. To agree the Academy Improvement Plan which includes setting targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures.
  • Critical Friend – holding the Head Teacher to account by monitoring and evaluating the work of the school, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the Academy Improvement Plan. This includes; offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed.
  • Accountability – overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent. Being accountable for its decisions to; each other for agreed actions, Pupils, Parents, Members, Staff, Community, the Secretary of State, Ofsted, and to the Local Authority in relation to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

The main role for governors is to support the Head Teacher and staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’ – helping them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of academy life. The two key documents used for this are the Academy Improvement Plan (AIP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The AIP sets out our strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Governors also fulfil a range of legal duties including:

  • Setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • Approving the budget
  • Monitoring the progress and impact of the AIP
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Principal
  • Safeguarding duty
  • Performance review

The full Governing Body meets twice every term. At these meetings, the Head Teacher and other Leaders report to all governors about learning, progress, staffing, financial and premises matters.

Committee Remits and Membership – please click on the link below.

Academy Committees Terms of Reference 21/22

To find out more on how to join our Governing Body and review the Register of Pecuniary interests please click here.

To view how our Governing Body Membership is made up please click here.

To view the full attendance register for the academic year 20/21 please click here.

To view the attendance register for the current academic year 21/22 please click here.


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