The Role of the Governing Body
Each E-ACT Academy has a Local Governing Body (LGB) whose main responsibility is to ensure that the Academy provides a high quality education for all its students, and that standards of achievement exceed national expectations. The internal organisation and day-to-day management and control of the Academy is the responsibility of the Principal. Rather than manage, governors are there to help shape the Academy's future direction and focus.
E-ACT Academies have a minimum of 11 governors on their LGBs including the Principal and parent and staff governors. We carry out much of our work through three sub-committees; Curriculum and Standards; Personnel and Pay; and Finance and Risk. Every Governor belongs to a sub-committee, and sub-committees and the full LGB each meet four times a year - twice in the Autumn term and once in each of the Spring and Summer terms. Each meeting takes around two hours, so the LGB and each sub-committee only have eight hours of meetings each year to cover a huge amount of work! To be effective, we need to know the Academy well and respect the different responsibilities of the Principal and the LGB and its sub-committees.
Together governors have three main roles – providing a strategic overview, acting as a critical friend to the school and ensuring accountability. In our strategic role, we set standards and targets for the performance of the Academy, and make decisions about the curriculum and the Academy's budget and staffing. As a critical friend, we monitor how well the school is doing, and how well policies and plans are being implemented. We ensure accountability by holding the Academy to account for the standards achieved and the quality of provision for all students.
As well as being at meetings, governors attend a wide range of school events; visit the Academy to see it in action; meet and listen to the views of students, staff and parents; and are involved in appointment, admissions and exclusions panels. We meet with Ofsted and E-ACT's Education Advisors and, at the moment, governors are also involved with the new build that will see Dartmouth have the school its young people and community deserve.
How to become a governor
Governors are ordinary people, drawn from many areas of society. There are no formal qualifications required to be a governor - but there are key qualities that make a good governor! As well as being passionate about the quality of education every child deserves and being able to commit time to the role, a governor must be a good listener; discreet, open-minded and fair; and a team player who is able accept and support group decisions. Being a governor is hugely rewarding and our new governors receive induction in addition to the ongoing training which is a feature of how we all work at the Academy.
If you are interested in becoming a governor at Dartmouth Academy please contact Mary Shaw by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org