The Governing body is responsible for the overall strategic management of the school, although in practice, many of the day to day functions are delegated to the Headteacher.
Governors serve for a period of up to four years and may offer to serve again at the end of their term. Our school governing body at Lulworth and Winfrith is made up of staff, parents, members of the community and foundation governors from the church community.
Governors are regular visitors to the school. The governing body committees and the full governing body, meet at least once every half term. Governors take part in staff interviews, represent the school at official functions and take responsibility for monitoring the delivery of a curriculum subject area or another aspect of school management.
Most work full-time and many of their governing body duties take place after school or in the evenings. We are very grateful to all of our governors for the commitment that they continue to give to the school.
The governing body operates under the Seven Principles of Public Life which are outlined below.
The Seven Principles of Public Life
(Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations).
- Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
- Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
- In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
- Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
- Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
- Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
- Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.