The Board of Governors
The Board of Governors have a number of roles and responsibilities and this web page provides information about how it functions.
The main role is to work together with the staff as a team for the benefit of the children, by providing advice and support to the school.
To ensure that Claypool is the best school it can be, the Board of Governors makes sure that it has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction. It holds the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the children and oversees the financial aspects.
Types of Governor at Claypool
Staff Governors: The Head Teacher is an ex-officio member. In addition, teaching staff and support staff are elected by their fellow staff.
Parent Governors: These are parents and carers of children at the school and are elected by fellow parents and carers.
Local Authority Governors: These are appointed by the Local Authority (LA). There are always opportunities available for people to become LA governors and details can be found at www.bolton.gov.uk/website/pages/Schoolgovernors.aspx
Co-Opted Governors: These are appointed by the governors according to their relevant skill set to meet the needs of the Board of Governors.
Clerk to Governors: This person is independent from the Board of Governors and is appointed to provide advice on procedures and regulations as well as ensuring that meetings are well documented.
All governors receive appropriate training provided by the Local Authority to undertake the role. The term of office for a Claypool governor is up to four years and governors can be re-elected for further terms.
The full Board of Governors meet at least once every term.
Each governor is also appointed to committees that also meet at least once every term.
Each committee produces minutes that are discussed at the full meeting. The minutes of the full meeting are published on this page. Information of a sensitive or personal nature is kept confidential.
Buildings and Finance Committee
Guided by the Strategic Development Plan, this committee is responsible for overseeing the financial management of the school and providing guidance in matters relating to the school premises.
Alongside the Head Teacher the school budget is reviewed to ensure it is well spent and provisions made for future developments.
The building costs for maintenance, repairs and future building contracts are also overseen. The committee also monitors the compliance with Health and Safety regulations and GDPR.
Curriculum and Inclusion Committee
This committee assists the Board of Governors to fulfil its responsibilities towards the curriculum provision, teaching and learning, achievement and standards, inclusion matters including Special Educational Needs and Looked After Children, pupil behaviour, health, wellbeing and safety, attendance and community relationships.
This committee is responsible for approving and monitoring policies relating to the management of staff, the staffing structure to meet the needs of the children, monitoring staff development, staff appointments and ensuring that safeguarding checks are completed.
This committee is responsible for writing, revising and approving the policies in school before taking them to the full board meeting for ratification.
Some governors have specific and additional roles, including:
Competitive Sport – Link Governor for Physical Education
This role is appointed by the Board of Governors to keep in regular contact with the subject lead to ensure that the budget assigned to improving PE and sports provision is well spent.
Inclusion – Link Governor
This role includes ensuring that all learning difficulties are addressed including the school’s Special Education Needs offer.
Class Link Governors
Each class has a Governor assigned to them for the year who will attend visits, assemblies, and conduct observations which are discussed at the Full Board of Governors meetings.
Appointed by the governing body to contribute to the work of committees through specialist skills or experience. Associate members are not governors and are not included in the school’s Instrument of Government.