Who are the Governors?
The Marlborough Science Academy Governing Body is made up of:
- Teacher Governors
- 1 Support Staff Governor
- 7 Parent Governors
- 5 Community Governors
- 4 Partnership Governors
Who chooses the Governors?
- Staff Governors are elected by the staff
- Parent Governors are elected by parents
- Elected Governors, and the Headteacher select the Partnership Governors
- All Governors (except the Headteacher) serve a fixed term of normally 4 years.
How do the Governors carry out their job?
The Governors monitor the running of the school, decide long-term policy and ensure that the school complies with legal requirements.
The full Governing Body meets four times a year. At each meeting we receive a report from the Headteacher and minutes from various committees. Other items are discussed or approved at specific times of the year for example, exam results, plans for school improvement and budget.
The main Governing Body is supported by three main committees, which meet once each half term.
- The Finance & Resources Committee is concerned with budget and finance, premises and health and safety
- The Personnel Committee considers staffing, appraisal and training, attendance of students, student behaviour, pastoral care and student well-being, SEND and Pupil Premium
- The Curriculum Committee deals with achievement levels, Curriculum, and exam results
There is also a Governance Committee, comprising of the chairs of these committees and the Chair of Governors, the Vice Chair and the Headteacher, which decides items for the full governors meetings.
All Governors bring their own unique individual skills and insight to the overall working of the Governing Body. They are encouraged to share their experience to help the school continue to progress and improve. We are fortunate to have a strong mix of skills and commitment to Marlborough across the whole Governing Body.
Governors support the school to ensure the Headteacher and their leadership team run it effectively. They play an active role in school life and are encouraged to come into school to consult with teaching staff and students. Governors are available at Open Evenings to answer questions and will also contribute to promoting the school.
All governors are members of at least one of the committees. They support the school in a variety of ways, attending public events such as secondary transfer evenings, school play performances, music concerts, the annual Awards Evening and prize-giving assemblies.
In addition, Governors are linked to specific areas of school life. Child Protection, SEND, and the English, Maths and Science faculties are just a few of the governor's roles and responsibilities. Governors regularly come into school to meet with staff and students, sometimes participating in 'learning walks', with a senior member of staff, interviewing staff, or inspecting the site with the estates manager with regard to health and safety.
Who runs the School?
The Headteacher and the School Leadership Team run the School. All day-to-day management decisions are taken by them.
Governing body composition
The Marlborough Science Academy was incorporated as a private company, limited by guarantee under the Companies Act 2006 on 1st April 2012. An Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and has two tiers of governance.
The Members of the Company are made up of the Headteacher, the Chair of Governors, the Vice-Chair of Governors, the Responsible Officer and the Chairs of Finance & Resources, Curriculum and Personnel. They have rights and powers under company law similar to those of shareholders in a company limited by shares.
The Directors and Trustees of the Company are the Governors, responsible for the strategic direction of the school. Governors have the same legal duties and responsibilities as company directors, and duties under charity law as charity trustees.
The Governing Body consists of seven Parent Governors, five Community Governors, three Staff Governors, four Partnership Governors and the Headteacher.
Role of the governing body
"In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three code strategic functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013."
We have a strategic role in the development of the school but are not involved in the day-to-day management - that is the role of the Headteacher. We are accountable to the wider community for the conduct of the school and in turn hold the school leadership group to account for raising standards and ensuring every child fulfils their potential. We are a diverse group of people with a wide variety of skills and experience which, coupled with our knowledge of the school, we use to challenge and support the leadership group in their work.
Governors can be contacted through the school via Mrs Salvietto, the PA to the Headteacher.