The role of the governing body


The governing body works with the head teacher to continually improve the school. It is responsible for promoting high standards of achievement and at all times should act in the best interests of the children.


As the school’s accountable body its key functions are to

  • set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team;
  • set the aims and objectives for the school, and agree policies and targets for achieving them;
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives;
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend);
  • hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;


SIS Governing Body Structure


Our governing body consists of 14 governors, who are appointed for a 4 year term of office.  Between us we represent various elements of the local community and cover a wide range of expertise and skills.


Governors undertake additional training as appropriate to assist us in our duties and we strive to develop our governing body as well as the school.


The detailed work of the governing body is undertaken within the following committees:


  • Strategic – responsible for setting the longer term vision and goals;
  • Teaching and Learning – responsible for curriculum, children’s progress and quality of teaching;
  • Resources – responsible for finance and people; 
  • Buildings and Environment Working Party – responsible for keeping children, staff and site safe;
  • Pay & Performance Management committee;
  • Headteacher Review Panel.


These latter three report via the Resources Committee.


In general the full governing body and the 3 main committees meet twice each term. 


The governing body takes an active part in school life, supporting school events as well as undertaking formal visits.  Each of our governors is linked to a particular year group and we visit the school on a regular basis to monitor and evaluate the progress in achieving the aims and objectives set out in the School Improvement Plan.


Governing Body Vision


The governors believe that at our school every child is important and although their abilities vary we value the contribution each one makes to school life.  Our aim is to ensure each one enjoys learning and is helped to make the maximum possible progress.


During their voyage aboard the Sarisbury Challenger the children experience a wide range of learning opportunities. We see their time with us as the start of a journey, setting them on course to sail the seas to success and achieve their aspirations.  We hope they look back on their time at Sarisbury with affection and happy memories, and a recognition that our support helped shape the people they have become.


We offer them a safe and inclusive setting in which to achieve this because we have a dedicated staff team who work closely with governors and parents.


At our last inspection OFSTED deemed us to be an ‘outstanding’ school; we are determined to remain such, and work constantly to maintain and improve our standards.


Our Governor Newletter

The Navigator - July 2017

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