Pudsey Grammar School
Mount Pleasant Road
Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7ND
The Governing Body conducts its business to take into account of the three roles of the Governing Body as outlined in the Governor’s Handbook:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic directions;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent, with benchmarking and best value used at all times.
The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team and the Governors regularly challenge all areas of their leadership, ensuring the student progress is paramount.
The Governing Body also ensure that the school complies fully with statutory Safeguarding procedures and all staff have signed a declaration to confirm they have read and understood Attendance Policy, Behaviour Policy, Children Missing Education, Guidance for Safer Working Practice, KCSiE, Whistleblowing, Online Safety, Child Protection Policy and Staff Code of Conduct.
The Governing Body have also signed a declaration familiarising itself with the same policies as the teaching staff and Governors are aware safeguarding is the responsibility of ALL Governors. The Safeguarding Governor works closely with the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school to ensure all procedures and carried out correctly and the Annual Return and Audits are completed. The Safeguarding Governor asks various safeguarding questions of staff and students throughout the year to ensure their understanding of the contents of statutory policies and procedures in school, and also ensures safeguarding procedures are followed when the recruitment of new staff takes place.
Meetings of the Governing Body and attendance
The Full Governing Body meets 4 times a year, all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk. There are 3 Governing Body Committees which meet 3 times a year and have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Governing Body.
Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; Governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a Governor six months from the date of first non-attendance. To view the attendance at Governing Body meetings, click here.
The remit of the Governing Body and its committees
The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team completed a self-evaluation of the school and takes into account the examination results, the school’s internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment, changes to the assessment of pupils and the curriculum and the Ofsted report. The results of the self-evaluation help to prioritise the School Improvement Plan, which in turn allows us to monitor the improvements on the following three areas.
- Improving attendance
- Improving the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school
- Continue to monitor the improvement in maths.