The Local Governing Body
The March being part of Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust is governed by the Trust Board and by a Local Governing Body, which is legally a Committee of the Trust Board, and only responsible for decisions delegated to it by the Board under their Scheme of Delegation. Appointments to the new Local Governing Body have been confirmed by the Trust Board as follows:
|Mr John Proctor||Foundation Governor (Chair) (appointed by Academy Trust)|
|Mrs Nicky Metcalfe||Headteacher,|
|Mrs. Justine Howard||Foundation Governor (Vice Chair) (appointed by Academy Trust)|
|Mrs. Mary Isgar||Foundation Governor (appointed by Academy Trust)|
|Mrs. Fiona Lewis||Parent Governor (elected by parents & appointed by Academy Trust)|
|Mrs. Rachel Bryan||Community Governor (appointed by Academy Trust)|
|Revd Rachel Hawes||Foundation Governor (appointed by Academy Trust)|
|Ms Liz Coyne||Staff Governor (elected by staff & appointed by Trust)|
|Mr Rod Hague||Community Governor (appointed by Academy Trust)|
In addition to the above members, Mr. Beruk Berhane, Senior Education Leader (DCAT) and Mr. Darren Carpenter, the Academy Trust's Chief Operating Officer, may attend meetings.
The Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The three main functions of the governing body include:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.
With all of the three items above, the role of the Governing Body is to constructively challenge the senior leadership of the academy (that is, to be a "critical friend"). The Governing Body is not meant to get involved in the day-to-day running of the academy.
What does the Governing Body actually do?
The Governing Body meets monthly for a full meeting. Standard items that are discussed at these meetings include: data on how the children as a whole are progressing, academy finance, academy policy updates, safeguarding and SIAMS (the Statutory Inspection of Anglican schools). A termly headteacher's report is also circulated, which updates governors on various matters to do with the academy.
Once a year, the Governing Body scrutinises the academy's Self-Evaluation Form (which is the academy's evaluation of how it is doing against previous judgements made by OFSTED), and also the School Development Plan, which is the yearly action plan that follows on from the Self-Evaluation Form.
As well as these meetings, governors regularly visit the academy to focus on a particular element of academy life. For instance, recent visits focused on school improvement, and looked at the role of both subject leads and class teachers in the detailed and comprehensive planning that takes place for every lesson. A write-up of these visits are then circulated to other governors, so that the Governing Body can build up a collective picture of the academy.
The lead governor for safeguarding meets termly with senior leaders and SENCO to ensure that the academy is up keeping its safeguarding responsibilities. Likewise, the lead governor for Health and Safety meets with the business manager and site caretaker to conduct a termly health and safety walk.
How to contact the Governing Body
You can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org. or by writing c/o the school office.