Children and Families Cabinet Member - Monday 7th June 2021

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Local Authority School Governors


25        APPOINTMENT OF LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOL GOVERNORS - The Director: Learning, Skills and Culture submitted a report considering the nomination of suitable candidates to serve as the local authority (LA) governor on the governing body of Frederick Gough School.


Governing bodies were the key strategic decision-making body for schools. It was the governing body’s role to set a school’s strategic framework and to ensure that all statutory duties were met.  The Department for Education identified three main duties, which were:


           ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

           holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

           overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money was well spent


Local authority governors must have:


           an interest in the future education and wellbeing of all children

           the skills and desire to make a difference

           a willingness to accept responsibility

           an ability to work in a team, ask questions, listen and learn

           time and commitment to undertake governor duties

           a commitment to fulfil the Nolan principles which related to Standards in Public Life.


When a LA governor vacancy occurred, the relevant governing body identified the necessary skills, knowledge and experience that would be required of the successful candidate(s).   All potential applicants (including re-appointments) were required to complete an application form identifying their skills, knowledge and experience.   The LA nominated suitable candidates to the school and the governing body decided whether the nominee met their requirements.  The governing body may choose to reject or appoint the candidate accordingly.


Resolved – That the proposal to nominate for appointment to the governing body of Frederick Gough School, the applicants detailed in Appendix 1, Table 3 to the report, be approved.