The Role of Governors

The role of the Governing Board is a strategic one, responsible and accountable in law and in practice for major decisions about the academy and its future. The Governing Board works in close partnership with the Head Teacher and senior management team in the leadership of the academy. Governors take a full part in driving the improvement and culture of the academy. They are also Directors of the Balgowan Academy Trust.

The  key functions of the Governing Board are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the academy
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the academy is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • employ all the staff as Directors of the Academy Trust
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher (a critical friend)

The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the academy and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Board. The Governing Board is made up of representatives from the school community, including parents, staff, the local authority and the community.  Further details about the role of governing bodies can be found on the Department for Education website and the National Governors Association website.

The full Governing Board meets at least once a term. The minutes of these meetings are available from the school office. Currently, the following Governing Board Committees operate: Audit & Resources; Achievement & Curriculum; Pupils, Parents & the Community, Human Resources, Premises, Appeals, Statutory Pupil Discipline.  Please see the Committees page for more information.

Parents are encouraged to raise any issues, formally via a letter to the Chairman of the Governing Board, Mrs Tricia Spedding, prior to the meeting. Letters can be delivered via the school office.