Welcome to this introduction to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of the John Smeaton Academy. I hope that it will help you to understand who we are and what we do to ensure that the academy functions effectively in delivering sound educational and pastoral support to the children and families we serve.
A new era
The academy was previously governed by an Interim Board (since January 2013), which was led by members of the Multi-Academy Trust sponsors, United Learning, together with representatives of the academy and the local authority. In some respects, given the nature of the Governing Body’s make-up at that time, their involvement was at times ‘remote’. The governing body began to operate in its current form, as a Local Governing Body in May 2015.
In very simple terms, our role as governors is to provide challenge and support to the academy. We are here to support the academy’s staff in achieving our collective goals. These goals include ensuring that every child achieves their potential at every Key Stage and to positively influence their personal development, behaviour and welfare so that the children we serve leave the academy much better for having been with us; much more ready for life after compulsory education, much better citizens and much better, ‘rounded’ contributors to the society they will shape.
We are also called to challenge the academy, in the first instance through the Head teacher and his Leadership Team, to ensure that they and we are ‘on the right path’ with regards to the obligations I have outlined above. This challenge ranges from looking at the academy’s financial management, the development and application of its policies, the development of its curriculum and its wider responsibilities to its stakeholders.
The LGB meets at the school once every half term and there is a specific focus for the agenda. Some items, such as Safeguarding, are required items on every agenda.
In addition, many of our non-staff governors also hold specific governance responsibilities and in these capacities, they visit the academy to support the staff leading in these areas.
I hope you have found this introduction, together with the profiles of our governors, a useful and informative insight into our role. If however, having looked through the details on this page, you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them. You can do this most easily and quickly by referring questions for my attention to Mrs Pauline Innes, the Clerk to the Governing Body, at the school address or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Governors