About Governance

All Local Authority Maintained Schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have a Governing Board.

The Board of the Fox Federation consists of 16 Governors:

  • 1 Ex-officio Governor (the Executive Head)
  • 2 Elected parent Governors – elected by parents across all schools in the Federation
  • 1 Staff Governor – elected by all staff in the Federation
  • 1 LA Governor – proposed by RBKC and accepted by the Board
  • 11 Co-opted Governors – recruited for the skills they bring to the Board.

The Fox Board meets monthly and each meeting focuses on one of the three main areas of Governance –

Strategy: Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Standards: Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

Resources: Overseeing the financial performance of the school. Ensuring its money is well spent and its assets and premises are managed well

Our Governors work with the Leadership team to set the aims and objectives for the schools and then set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. We ensure that these are consistent with the values of our schools. The Board monitors and evaluates the progress the school is making and acts as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.

· Appointing and performance managing the head teacher and senior leaders, including conducting the pay review

· Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent

· Engaging with the school community including pupils, staff, parents.

· Overseeing things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary procedures and helping to resolve conflict by sitting on panels

· Addressing educational needs of specific categories of children such as disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, as well as areas of concern like staff workload and teacher recruitment and development

· Analysing a range of evidence to enable informed questions and conversations about the school

· Governors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.