About our Governors
The Governors at The Norwood School are parents, staff and members of the local community who
have been elected or co-opted onto the governing body to lead the school at a strategic level. It is our
responsibility to set the vision and strategic direction within which the school operates, develops and
continues to improve. Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team we provide challenge and
support; identifying priorities, monitoring and evaluating outcomes, and making decisions around the
school budget to ensure value for money is achieved.
Our roles and responsibilities are set by the Government and are the same for all maintained schools.
As a Governing Body we have three core functions:
1) Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
2) Hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school, pupils and staff.
3) Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its budget is well spent.
Governors agree the values of the school and set the strategic direction of the school for the next three to five years. In consultation with other stakeholders we develop a school vision which describes how Norwood School will look in the future. As governors we help to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.
In developing our vision, we take into account the current context, and identify a strategic direction
that is both ambitious and achievable. Our clear strategy with its overall aims and priorities directs our
decision making over this period. Our strategic objectives for 2015-2020 fall into 4 categories:
Achievement, Quality, Capacity and Creativity. See Norwood School Strategic Plan.
Supporting the School
We meet half termly, six times per year to carry out our duties and discuss progress with the
headteacher and other senior leaders. We also have two governors’ sub-committees: Resources
Committee and Achievement Committee which monitor closely the school’s priorities, decision
making and impact of actions in these key areas. All governors have link governor roles which means
that they focus on certain priorities and oversee the work of one or more Heads of Faculty or Year
groups. In addition governors will participate in short term or working task groups alongside staff and
other stakeholders to initiate key developments in response to identified needs or actions.
Governors support the school in a variety of ways which include acting as members of panels for staff
recruitment, pay decisions and other human resources issues and parents and pupils with regard to
exclusions, complaints and appeals. We also visit the school regularly to undertake learning walks,
meet staff, students and parents and attend a wide variety of performances and exhibitions that The
Norwood School produces.
Currently our Governing body include:
5 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
9 Co-opted Governors
We are from a wide variety of backgrounds which include local government, education, higher
education, journalism, business and law.
All of our governors serve a term of 4 years, which can be renewed up to a maximum of 8 years. We
are always keen to hear from individuals who are keen to join our governing body and have the skill
set which will match needs of the school. We are currently looking to recruit governors who have a
background and experience in the creative and performing arts, finance, higher or primary education,
the local community or prior experience as a governor. See our advert on the home page.
Interested individuals and those who would like to know more about the work of the governing body
at Norwood School can contact our Chair of Governors, Lila Thompson via the School Business
Manager: Stephen Heather (firstname.lastname@example.org).