Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College

Governance

Please use the information below and the links at the bottom of the page to find out more about the college's governing body.

What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body plays a vital role in ensuring that the college continues to thrive and succeed – by meeting the aspirations of all its pupils; working closely with parents and the local community and providing an inspirational environment for all the staff who work there.

The Governing Body is charged by the Government with three principal responsibilities – to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; to hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the college and its pupils; and to oversee the financial performance of the college and make sure its money is well spent.

As volunteers, governors are not paid for their work and will be expected to adhere to a formal code of conduct. Terms of office are normally four years.

Making decisions collectively, governors support and challenge the college leadership team, monitor the quality of teaching and the progress of college improvement, and oversee behaviour and safety. They also closely monitor the college’s finances.

Acting as “critical friends,” governors should not involve themselves directly in operational matters, which are the responsibility of the Head and her Senior Leadership Team. The governors’ role is primarily strategic.

Governance in an Academy Trust

As an academy there are two layers of governance. It is the governors (also called trustees or directors to meet legal requirements) who work most closely with the school in developing strategy.

A smaller group is defined as the members of the Academy Trust (a charitable company limited by guarantee) and carry particular legal responsibilities. They are similar to the shareholders in a company.

Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority. With academy status come freedoms such as the ability to set pay and conditions for staff, change the length of school terms or vary our curriculum offer from the national curriculum.

Being a Governor

To be effective, our Governing Body needs collectively to be able to draw on the skills and experience of a wide range of people. This includes individuals with professional experience of the world of education - including the Headteacher, of course - but extends to members who have a background in a variety of careers and roles in business, commerce and public service. Parents are strongly represented and we also have staff members. In addition, we benefit from having members with a variety of links to the local communities the college serves.

We are not involved in the day-to-day running of the college which is the responsibility of the Headteacher and her Senior Leadership Team.

To assist in performing their duties, governors need to attend relevant training courses – the majority of these are run by the local authority and are designed to be governor-need specific. We hold an annual ‘Governors’ Day’ to focus on key strategic issues. Safeguarding is a priority for our work and all governors need to take part in training in this area and to comply with high standards while using Internet and email communication.

During their induction period, new governors will be allocated a dedicated mentor from the existing Governing Board to facilitate their integration. The Clerk to the Governing Body offers professional administrative support and advice to members.

Being a governor can be a highly rewarding experience but is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.

We review the mix of skills and experience offered by the Governing Body on a regular basis with the aim of making sure we are able to respond to the developing challenges faced by the college.

In addition to the meetings of the Governing Body and its committees, members have particular links with specific areas of the school and are regular visitors to these departments and areas of activity. They represent the college at external and community events and support the college staff at a wide range of college activities, including open days and consultations. Governors take part in the selection processes for senior staff and can be asked to join panels to interview and support individual pupils.

Although there may not be immediate vacancies on the Governing Body we are always interested in identifying individuals who are interested in contributing to our work. If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body.

How is the work of the Governing Body organised?

At Norbury Manor, the full Governing Body meets at least once a term and has a clear scheme of delegation to its committees which consider in more detail specialist issues concerning areas such as finance, personnel, admissions arrangements, the curriculum, safeguarding, premises and health and safety.

In 2016/17, the committees of the Governing Body are as listed below –

Resources Committee

The Resources Committee works in partnership with the Head and staff from the leadership team to develop, monitor and review financial strategy and policy, ensuring best practice and best value principles are kept to. This includes approving budgets and accounts, termly monitoring of expenditure and income, agreeing capital project bids and approving service and building contracts including catering and school uniform contracts. We also consider proposals from other committees to identify what funding will be required and where that might be found.

The Resources Committee also has responsibility for matters concerning the management of teaching and non-teaching staff at the college. This includes staff appointments; performance management; training and development; grievances; complaints; pay and conditions; and discipline.

Admissions, Education and Curriculum Committee

The Admissions, Education and Curriculum Committee works in partnership with the Head and staff from the leadership team to assist in matters concerning the college’s curriculum and policy. This includes monitoring and reviewing teaching and learning, access to the curriculum, new curriculum opportunities, examination results against agreed targets, careers education and provision for students with special educational needs.

Premises and Health and Safety Committee

The Premises and Health and Safety Committee has responsibility for the strategic development of the college estate. It works in partnership with the Head and staff from the leadership team to make sure the college complies with Health and Safety legislation through monitoring and promoting high standards. This involves ensuring there are regular health and safety inspections; that risk assessment procedures are in place; that there is appropriate training for staff; the safety arrangements of hirers and contractors; and approval of school trips and visits.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee comprises the members of the trust and the chairs of the main committees. Its role is to oversee the effective working of the Governing Body and coordinate the functioning of its committees.

The work of the Governing Body

In the past 12 months the Governing Body of Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College has addressed strategic issues such as the following:

  • Ensuring the college curriculum meets the needs of all its pupils and that examination outcomes continue to be strong and improving
  • Ensuring that the pupils at the college are working in a safe, secure but stimulating learning environment, including accessing a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities
  • Developing a financial plan which keeps the college’s budget in a sustainably healthy position, despite the financial challenges we face in common with all schools
  • Planning to increase the numbers of pupils at the college by admitting an additional form of entry in year 7 and boosting sixth form numbers
  • Ensuring that the college seeks resources to invest in the estate
  • Reviewing the staffing structure and the implementation of performance management systems so as to ensure that the college supports the educational needs of pupils and provides a rich and engaging environment for all members of staff
  • Enhancing the place of the college in the local educational community by reviewing its legal structure in the light of the developments such as free schools and multi-academy trusts and identifying opportunities to work in partnership with other schools

For more information, please see the Terms of Reference and Standing Orders and Scheme of Internal Delegation.

Who are the Governors of Norbury Manor?

Governors' Register of Interests - you can view these by using the link at the bottom of the page.

Governors' Meetings: Attendance and Minutes - you can view these by using the link at the bottom of the page.

Terms of Reference and Standing Orders - you can view these by using the link at the bottom of the page.

Scheme of Internal Delegation - you can view this by using the link at the bottom of the page.

Funding Agreement - you can view this by using the link at the bottom of the page.

Memorandum of Association - you can view this by using the link at the bottom of the page.

Articles of Association - you can view these by using the link at the bottom of the page.

Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07843573 (registered office: Buzzacott LLP, 130 Wood Street, London EC2V 6DL).