Rushy Meadow Primary Academy has a ‘Local Committee’, which is a sub-committee of the Cirrus Primary Academy Trust Board. The accountability of the academy rests with the Trust Board, but many responsibilities are delegated to the Local Committee. Please see the Trust scheme of delegation here.
To find out about the structure of the Trust, please see this page on the Trust’s website.
Our Local Committee is made up of 6-12 members – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area. The Local Committee generally includes:
2 elected Parent Governors
2 elected Staff Governors
Up to 7 other Co-opted Governors
We aim to create a balanced group that will have the right skills, connections and dynamic for the Local Committee to work well and support the school in achieving exceptional performance. Attributes we look for include:
Good insight into the specific challenges at the school and the general challenges of operating top-quality schools
Excellent community links
Specific skills as needed by/relevant to the school
The term of a governor is four years, except for the Headteacher, who remains a governor for the duration of his or her time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.
Trustees (including the Chief Executive Officer) are able to attend Local Committee meetings.
The Local Committee works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to oversee the strategic direction of the school. It does this by offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, and help where needed. It challenges, asks questions and seeks information to ensure that the best interests of the children at Rushy Meadow are met. All governors work on a voluntary basis.
The Local Committee meets four times a year, to discuss issues and make decisions related to the teaching and learning within the school. Additionally, the Local Committee Chair attends a termly Chairs' Forum meeting with the Chair of the Trust Board and CEO.
The Local Committee also performance manages the Head and has a Pay Committee which works with the Head as part of the Performance Management Appraisal process.
The Clerk to the Local Committee is Karen Velissarides firstname.lastname@example.org. Governors can be contacted via the Clerk.
Role of the Local Committee
Establishing the strategic direction, by:
Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
Setting all necessary policies to meet the vision, values and objectives set
Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
Meeting statutory duties
Ensuring accountability, by:
Appointing the Headteacher
Monitoring progress towards targets
Performance managing the Headteacher
Engaging with stakeholders
Contributing to school self-evaluation
Ensuring financial probity, by:
Monitoring spending against the budget
Ensuring value for money is obtained
Ensuring risks to the school are managed
To read more about our governors, click here.