The Governors at Lakeview are there to represent the interests of the school, staff, parents, pupils and the community. The Governing Body looks to combine experience with new outlooks and contributions. We meet twice every term, and take responsibility, with the head teacher and other staff, for the finances, premises and curriculum at Lakeview.
The Governing Body is made up of voluntary representatives from parents and carers, the staff group and members from the local community.
The current constitution for Lakeview School, as per the Instrument of Government made by the order of Bedford Borough Council on the 1st January 2015, is that it should consist of: 2 Parent Governors (chosen from parents of school pupils), 1 Local Authority appointed Governor, 1 Headteacher, 1 Staff Governor, 7 Co-opted Governors (suitable members of the community, staff and parents appointed by the governing body).
There are three main committees:
- The Full Governing Body
This is where all governors meet on 6 occasions during the year, usually for 2 hours between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. Our role, as outlined by Ofsted, is to maintain the ethos and values of the school, monitor the provision for the pupils, as well as the standards they achieve, and oversee how funding is spent. We look carefully at the way teachers ensure that all pupils achieve and make the best progress they can, with presentations made by staff as well as reports back from governors who have visited the school to look at a particular area. Discussions with the headteacher and leadership team allow for different ideas to be raised and considered, and the other committees provide detailed information about all the aspects of school which governors are expected to monitor and review.
- The Finance and Business Committee
This committee meets once every half-term to monitor the budget as well as the school’s financial planning and management to support learning and teaching. The committee also looks at and oversees plans for refurbishing the site and making sure the learning environment is as good as it can be for the pupils.
- GSIG [The Governor School Improvement Group]
GSIG meets every half-term and focuses on provision for learning and teaching throughout the school. Staff leading on all aspects of teaching, including Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2, as well as Special Needs provision, deliver detailed reports to the group, which allow governors to have a full picture of the way in which staff work, and the progress pupils make. The Group includes the Local Authority School Improvement Partner, who works with the governors to oversee the school’s medium- to long-term plans for school improvement.